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Any nurses in here with schizophrenia. i have been practicing for 2 yrs. and i work in ped private duty. i just wanted to know about others and the experiences you have had. how long have you practiced for? have you always gotten a doc to sign of your declaratory order? what was your past like>? in what area of nursing do you work in ?

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

Welcome to Allnurses, and thank you for posting!

If I may make a suggestion......would you mind telling us your own story, if it wouldn't be too uncomfortable for you? If you can share some about what it's like to live with schizophrenia, it might be helpful in bringing in other nurses and students to share their stories as well.

Some things that would be interesting are what your symptoms are like, how old you were when you developed the disorder, if you have any co-morbidities, and how it affects your life and work. Please don't worry about being judged here; as you can see, all sorts of nurses have been talking about mental illness, and the membership has been gracious and even curious about what it's like to live with schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, depression, bipolar etc.

Hope you enjoy your time with us and become an active member. Thanks for joining!

Well ive had schizophrenia since 21. I am very stable on my meds because i avoid alcohol and dont do drugs, i get my sleep, and i take my meds. i know if i dont i will bbe in trouble communicating with people. My doctor just signed off on my declaratory order in feb. My main symtom is hallucinations. i get them while i am talking to people. i hear alot of diffeent things. for instance if i am not looking agt them i will hear something and not knw if they said it. i just have to figure itout. but that doesnt happen while im on meds. i do have some delusions while im off meds. they are delusions of persecution. but with all that being said i react well to stress as of right now. i dont get any extra symptoms when im streessed as long as i do the things listed above. i have never seen a schizophrenic that is per say in their 40s or 50s. i want to practice nursing and retire with it. i plan on becoming a nurse professor. just because when i am older i dont want to have problems lifting people ect. i would like to hear from some nurses that have schizophrenia and are older. just to see what i have to look foward to and what i can learn from them.


Specializes in Psychiatric nursing. Has 11 years experience.

Hi, I'm an RN who also carries the diagnosis of schizophrenia. I began having symptoms when I was in my last semester of nursing school, when I was 19, but didn't get the offical diagnosis for about a year. Before I started meds I was very paranoid and having auditory/visual hallucinations. I had a rough first year, being hospitalized 5 times and trying every medication under the sun. Right now I am stable and able to work a full time job (as an RN in mental health, no less). I take my clozaril, see my psychiatrist, and also my therapist. Right now I am back to struggling with some anxiety at work, but have not been hospitalized for about two years. Just thought I would share my story.

wish_me_luck, BSN, RN

Has 6 years experience.

Yay!! I am so glad to hear from a couple of nurses with schizophrenia! I'll calm down now. But, seriously, I was wondering if anyone on here had schizophrenia. I am personally fascinated by people with schizophrenia (don't ask me why, I just am).

Hello, and welcome! Glad you joined us! :D

Very cool, ladies. I am glad that you are able to manage this part of your life and are willing to share your story. I hate that mental illness is so stigmatized in America. You guys are good examples of how proper treatment and adherence can lead to recovery. I would imagine that schizophrenia would be a very scary ordeal to go through. Thanks for sharing!

nrsang97, BSN, RN

Specializes in Neuro ICU and Med Surg. Has 20 years experience.

I am so happy to hear that those of you affected with schizophrenia are able to be stable on meds and work. I couldn't imagine living with visual and/or auditory hallucinations. Thank you for sharing your stories.

thanks for sharing kay28. may i ask how old you are ?


Specializes in Psychiatric nursing. Has 11 years experience.

I'm 22

Thank you all for sharing. I think some people who have some understanding of schizophrenia believe the bast a person can do is live like John Nash in a very controlled environment focused on one thing. I have to admit that even though I know better sometimes my mind drifts back to the movie "A beautiful Mind". It still is hard to imagine nurses who multitask and deal with huge stressors able to manage this disease. It is obvious you do.

it is so important to get this information out to everyone. Nurses are a good place to start.

Thanks again.

did you have to go through a monitoring program kay 28? or did you not disclose? if so what was your experience with it?

Just a thank you. I work for the DMH here in Mass. I was talking with my sister (who also works for DMH) about the peer program that was instituted a few years ago. Put simply in psych we do our best,but we don't always understand what is going on in the patients minds. I had a thought at the time that there must be Nurses with schizophrenia out there.

You are a valuable resource,not to mention a courage s person.


Specializes in geriatric care. Has 1 years experience.

I was accepted to Nursing school. I am schizophrenic. I have been stable for 6 years. As long as I take meds everyday I do not have trouble. Currently I am on SSDI. I want to become a Nurse but I am afraid I will not be able to get a job. My doctor said she would sign off for my physical that I am stable. But will the BON let me sit for my NCLEX? I do not have any cognitive impairment. I made a 100 on math TEAS V. When I was younger I would be in out of hospital because I would stop taking my meds. The meds have side effects like impotency and weight gain. I talked to Vocational rehab and they said that they could help me get job when I get licensed.

Diane1025, LPN

Specializes in LTC. Has 4 years experience.

Forgive my ignorance. May I ask what a declaratory order is? I'm assuming it's some type of certificate that a mental health professional must sign indicating you are cleared to work as a nurse. Am I correct?

Hi, I know this thread is old, but I have been having a little bit of trouble finding this topic or anything relatable. I am 22 and I am in nursing school, I have had symptoms of mental illness for a little while that has progressively gotten worse. I am pregnant right now, and I feel like becoming pregnant has made my symptoms worse. I am afraid to talk to a doctor about what it might be, because I'm afraid I won't be able to find a job if my employer asks about any illnesses I may have. Is this an issue you experience or have experienced? My grandma had schizophrenia, and I know how difficult it was for her to finish normal tasks in her daily life, and I hope I don't become that bad. I have been very depressed, but I still Ace my tests and take care of myself. I don't recognize myself in the mirror, haven't for a few years, and it scares me sometimes. When I'm alone in my house at night, I always feel like someone else is there, walking behind me or in my room. Sometimes I see things in my room, but I usually cover my head and have an anxiety/panic attack type episode for an hour or more, and then I am OK. It has started to effect my sleep and my dreams. Sorry, I know this is a long post.. Another thing is that, when I did try to talk to doctors about my symptoms, they have brushed me off or dismissed me and just said I needed sleep. I don't have the money to see a doctor now, I stopped working when I became pregnant, well.. It was actually when my grandma died in November. I got pregnant in March. It's just hard for me to keep friends and I have had trouble in the past with my ex's family calling me names, saying I was crazy and needed to be medicated.. I think it made me worse..


Has 7 years experience.

Please seek help! Find a community resource that will get you the help you need because you are not working. Not sure what state you are in but I am sure there are services out there ...don't struggle alone!

I have questions for nurses with schizophrenia who are working in the field.

I am 25 year old nursing student in Canada

I was first diagnosed when I was in first year nursing school.

I am high-functioning with medication on - I study full-time, work part-time and volunteering.

My symptoms was delusion (I thought there was spearding bad rumors about me and people take a picture of me and put it on facebook).

School is very stressful, but I am well managing.

But I am so worried about my future.

Do I necessaily disclose the illness when I write a board exam? when I get a job?

I will be frustrated to death if I am not allowed to get the license.

The stigma around schizophrenia is huge. I dont think I cant fight against the stigma.

Also, what happens when I do not disclose it? Isnt it illegal for employer opens my medical records?