Personal Statement Requested to Register because of Depression/Anxiety -- Help? - page 2

I'm a new grad in Ontario and to register with the College of Nurses of Ontario, I have to declare my mental health issues so they can decide if I'm fit to work as a nurse. With my registration... Read More

  1. by   ChicagoMay
    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    it would kill my soul to be caught in a lie like this
    This is how I feel... I've been caught in a lie before about something stupid and I almost fainted when I was confronted (and I have never fainted in my life!). This is why I disclosed, and if I move to the States, I will then too because I don't ever want to be caught in a lie; this is something too big to risk it in my opinion.

    But you are right.. we shouldn't have to be monitored for having a mental illness... But I figure, this is what they want and if I want to work as an RN, I'll do it. I know I'm not a risk for patients (if anything, I'm a risk to myself -_- and that is my business, and my doctor's, right?).
  2. by   wish_me_luck
    In VA, if you have a mental health issue ONLY, then it's typically just reports from your therapists and pdoc. I do screens because I had a hx of alcohol abuse. Just a thought, Viva. If it only said BD and nothing else, then it may not be that costly even if you were in a program. That's just the way it is in VA though.

    Lying just wasn't an option. I just didn't feel comfortable. Everytime I have a question in regards to license concerns, I email someone at the BON though. Obnoxious? Yes. But, I am a new nurse and I have to contend with HPMP. Don't know everything yet. So, it is what it is.

    I don't think I should have to lie or hide anything from anyone. Mental illness is NOT a crime. When our society gets past the mentality that it's a crime, we will be better off.
  3. by   glascow
    Any chemical, physical or mental impairment and/or disability or treatment for such that impacts the advanced practice registered nurse's ability to practice nursing safely, and a description of accommodations and/or practice limitations needed, if any
    Specificlly, this is the question above that I am referring to. My psych NP claims that my MI does not impact my ability to practice nursing safely because I am medicated and stable. Everytime I have been unstable I have stopped working.
  4. by   wish_me_luck
    glascow, I asked specifically about our question and I was told that even though the question said "could" or was stated in that weird way, that I had to disclose. I was/am treated too. I am still in HPMP. Nothing will ever change with it being healthcare providers mentality that we are a danger. How do you change society's perspective when the "danger" warning comes from the health care profession????

    I think it is dangerous on the part of the health care profession to hold such mentality because that scares people who need treatment/are mentally unstable into not getting treated. At least I can say that I am treated, cannot say that for others that are afraid of the stigma and have not gotten help. Just a thought.