lpn school discriminatory applications!
if you are applying to lpn school that is part of a public school system (like a tech center ) ..did you know they can only have you take a physical to see if your physically capable. they can not ask you about your mental or physical health history.
the americans with disabilities act title 2 forbids it - they are a "public "entity ...( i don't know about private schools)
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i'm applying at a school which is clearly in violation of this law & i reported it to the superintendant of the school system & he was shocked that the application had this question -
"have you ever been treated for a mental, nervous , or major physical disorder ? if so attach explanation "
he said he would look into it immediately , & that he didn't want to be in violation of the a.d.a. !
hope this helps someone
Mar 19, '03
I just went to my doctor this morning to do the physical for my ASN program.
My doctor kept most of the forms for the physical but I looked over everything last night and I did see one or two questions about "mental health/capability".
I don't remember it exactly but I think there was one question that asked if the physician thought there were any physical ailments/reasons that the student could not perform and would not make them fit for the nursing program and then right below that there was a question similarly worded regarding mental capacity. It was something like "does the doctor believe that the student has any mental/emotional problems that would not allow the student to perform in the nursing program."
I did not think of it in terms of "discrimination" because I don't have a history of major mental problems (although I see exactly where you are coming from) but I did think it was an odd question and amongst all of the "physical" assessments that are required, the mental health question stuck out like a sore thumb. When I first read it though, I thought to myself, who is my family doctor, whom I see once every two years or so, to say that I am not mentally fit to be a nurse? and was a little offended.
Kudos to you for taking this to your superintendent. While I can understand the school wanting to know if a student has a history of serious mental illness I certainly hope they don't descriminate against every student who has ever been treated for or admitted to depression, addiction, etc.
I think perhaps they should word the question better or list specific mental disabilities that would interfere with becoming a nurse.
Last edit by colleen10 on Mar 19, '03