tpapn for mental illness



I am hoping I can get some advice and support from this group. I am starting nursing school in January and have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and adhd. My meds are working great and I have been in Healthcare for a very long time with no problems at all, even before I was diagnosed. The TXBON is wanting me to sign up for TPAPN 45 days after I get my license. All I have read about is horror stories but those were from people that had dwi's or drug addiction. Has anyone on here been through tpapn for mental illness and if so what did you have to do? My letter says successful completion of the program will require at least 1 year, so it's better than the 3 to 5 years that they recommend. Any help would be appreciated.

Specializes in pediatrics; PICU; NICU. Has 45 years experience.

If it's like programs in other states, everyone is treated the same regardless of the reason for the contract. You will most likely have restrictions on your license & be required to do random drug screens which you will have to pay for. There doesn't seem to be any individualization in the contracts.

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VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

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Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 26 years experience.

Wish I had some words of wisdom for you, I don't think this is fair at all but it's Texas and that's what your state does. I just wanted you to know you have my support as another person with bipolar. ((((HUGS))))


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Thank you so much for your reply. It means a lot to me!!!!


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Has 20 years experience.

Whenever I hear this it angers me so much. You did not ask to have a diagnosis of bipolar anymore than someone with a seizure disorder. Why do you need monitoring anymore than someone else with a medical condition? You are clearly med compliant and responsible with your health. I just feel this is unfair.


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2blvnnurse, props to you for managing these illnesses!!!! I don't know anything about the monitoring program but just want to wish you lots of good luck.