Question about previous hospitalization/misdiagnosis

  1. Hi,

    I was wondering if I could get a little bit of advice. I am an LPN student, about to graduate in December, and I will take my exam and apply for my nursing license. The question is about 8 years ago I was hospitalized for a mental illness (diagnosed schizophrenia). I had lost weight, so a family member called authorities and then was put under 72 hrs evaluation then put in a psychiatric facility. I consider this VERY private.

    On the Texas application it asked if I have been hospitalized/diagnosed within the past 5 years. No I haven't. But I did have to go to court, not for being a harm to others/theft/violence, but something regarding the hospitalization. I can't bare reliving this and disclosing this or having to prove any treatment. I am 100% fine, some emotional issues, but due to trauma faced with this issue years ago. I am a very calm and quiet person naturally. I've done well in the LPN program, A in pharm, etc...so I don't lack ability for safety (although I know med errors happen to everyone).

    "4) [ ] No [ ] Yes *In the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with or treated or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder which impaired or does impair your behavior, judgment, or ability to function in school or work?(You may answer "No" if you have completed and/or are in compliance with TPAPN for mental illness OR you've previously disclosed to the Texas Board of Nursing and have remained compliant with your treatment regime"

    Any advice on this?
    Last edit by fibroblast on Sep 28, '17
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  3. by   RNNPICU
    Answer just the question that is stated, in the past 5 years have you been hospitalized....., the answer is no (unless you were). Do not try and interpret questions or anything else. You have to be honest, but the question you stated is not asking about 8 years ago, it is asking about 5 years to the present. If you were not charged with anything in the past 5 years then it sounds like you could asnwer no.

    Do not ask the BON as they are not your friend. You could ask a lawyer if you are unsure
    Last edit by RNNPICU on Sep 28, '17 : Reason: forgot to add something

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