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    Hi, uh I don't get this app so I dunno if I'm posting this right :P

    I'm hoping to apply for nursing this September (for 2017 entry) but I have mental health problems and I don't know if the universities will take me?

    I applied for medicine in 2015 and was offered places but when I went to complete the occupational health form I was told that I had to be clear of mental health problems for the past five years. Are nursing courses going to say the same thing?

    I don't want to go into too much detail but I'm not considered a risk to other people, only myself. I spent 4 months in a secure unit in 2015, and had another 72 hour admission this easter.

    Any information/advice would be really appreciated

    Thanks

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    Hi, I don't know the answer to your question, but sounds like you have had a bit of a scary time in recent years. I would like to think that out of any profession, nursing would be understanding and supportive of you. I would call a few unis and get some sense of their view on it. I expect they will assess on an individual basis. Glad you are feeling well now and best of luck in your application. Let us know how you get on.
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    unfortunately if you were deferred on OH grounds for medicine i think the same answer is likely to come up ofr any Health professional pre-reg course.
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    (Original post by dark_wave)
    Hi, uh I don't get this app so I dunno if I'm posting this right :P

    I'm hoping to apply for nursing this September (for 2017 entry) but I have mental health problems and I don't know if the universities will take me?

    I applied for medicine in 2015 and was offered places but when I went to complete the occupational health form I was told that I had to be clear of mental health problems for the past five years. Are nursing courses going to say the same thing?

    I don't want to go into too much detail but I'm not considered a risk to other people, only myself. I spent 4 months in a secure unit in 2015, and had another 72 hour admission this easter.

    Any information/advice would be really appreciated

    Thanks

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    Having mental health issues in and of itself isn't a problem, but from an occupational health perspective them being managed and under control is. With a section as recent as this Easter you'd almost certainly be deferred if you were doing 2016 entry - unless you could prove how your issues had been managed better since and that it was unlikely to reoccur.

    I know you say you're not a risk to others, only yourself, but I think in a career like nursing, if you are a risk to yourself you are almost automatically a risk to your patients...

    I would personally take some time to get yourself as well as possible, by all means apply for 2017, but I think you will need to be much better by then to pass occupational health from what I know.


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    I don't understand why you were told you needed to be clear for five years. I have mental health problems and am also applying for 2017 entry. It is a similar concern of mine but people keep reassuring me that it will be ok.
 
 
 
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