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Being a bi-polar nurse~what's it like?

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I have only been a nurse for 6 months and just found out I have Bi polar. I was fired from my job 2 months ago and now i cant find a job because i dont have 1 year of expierence. I feel like how did i finish school and handle life for this long. I am so scared and just want to work again. I feel like a failure.

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bluegeegoo2 has 11 years experience as a LPN and works as a LPN.

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I have only been a nurse for 6 months and just found out I have Bi polar. I was fired from my job 2 months ago and now i cant find a job because i dont have 1 year of expierence. I feel like how did i finish school and handle life for this long. I am so scared and just want to work again. I feel like a failure.

I'm sorry to hear you got fired. I almost got fired 2 weeks ago myself, but still feel like that as soon as they find someone to replace me...Anyway, that first year as a nurse is really hard. Nursing school was hard enough, but when we get out here in "the real world" it get's really hard to compensate for our emotions. We can't just be ourselves, we have to put on a show that we are "together" and can "handle it", which, without meds, we usually can't. (And could I use just one more comma?). I've had 4 jobs in the 18 months I've been licensed, and I've quit without notice on all of them. Not good, but geez, I didn't know it was me! I have only recently been diagnosed, (about 2.5 months ago), and am finally starting to get stabilized on meds. It's still hard, though. I have to fight myself to keep from quitting this job, and have to keep reminding myself that my ability to think rationally is pretty screwed up. On the job search: I strongly suggest getting some meds on board to help level out the ups and downs, and then put in as many aps as you can. There will be someone, somewhere willing to give you a shot. It may not be what you want, or have the pay you want, but once you hit the magic one-year mark, the door opens wide. Good luck and hang in there.

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I have been stabilized on my meds now, I am taking Lamictol. I have been sending my resume everywhere for 2 months now. I am going to keep perservering. It's just really hard to come to grips with my emotions. Now that I have a name to it bi-polar i can deal with it. I am a very strong person and have a great support at home. I just need a chance to prove myself. Sounds like you have had a difficult time as well i wish employers can see that our emotional health is just as important as our physical well being. They don't realize that we are just human and are given this lot in life. I think if we had more support from our managers i know for me i would excel in my job. I thrive when i know someone has my back but when people are watching me as if i am ready to make a mistake and watching my back every minute the pressure is just too much. I obviously finished school past boards while raising a family and staying married. We need to look on the brighter side of things and i am grateful that i have my peace of mind back. I wish you the best of luck in your journey and hope that you can hang in there.

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bluegeegoo2 has 11 years experience as a LPN and works as a LPN.

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I'm glad to hear you're doing well on meds. I'm on Depakote, and it's doing it's job for the most part. Naturally, I wish to be "cured", but as we know, that's not going to happen. The job market for nurses sure has dried up lately! I do wish you the best of luck, and maybe, just maybe, we'll get through this thing.

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