Will my mental illness affect my chances of getting a job as a nurse?

Question by crazydenae: Will my mental illness affect my chances of getting a job as a nurse?
I really want to get into a career in nursing, specifically trauma. I have a mental illness and have been hospitalized for it before. The hospitalization was voluntary and I have thing under control now. Is this something they look at when you go into nursing and how much does it affect your chances?

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Answer by Ring0Rosie
A previous hospitalization will not effect your chances of getting hired.

You won’t be able to work where you are treated (conflict of interest issues) because your coworkers can’t be your caregivers.

It would effect your ability to keep a job if it’s very serious. A nurse has to work under a lot of pressure and there’s no such thing as being able to take a lot of days off work- if you are reliable, you’ll be grea

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  1. Micki 48 said,

    Wrote on April 10, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    There is no reason you can’t become a nurse. Lots of nurses and nursing students have shared their experiences on this site.

    http://allnurses.com/nurses-with-disabilities/nurses-struggling-mental-94244.html

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