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Should People With Mental Health Conditions Be Able To Become Mental Health Nurses?
People with mental health conditions should be able to become mental health nurses.
It's not fair to force someone out of their profession simply because they develop a condition.
There are many mental health conditions that would not prevent someone from doing their job well as a mental health nurse.
People with a lived experience of poor mental health can be more aware of how a patient would like to be supported with their own problems.
Mental health condition is an incredibly vague term, which could apply to chronic stress, and thus the majority of people in the medical profession. Each condition should be assessed seperately for its likely impact - a blanket ban makes no sense.
Even within a single diagnosis, e.g. depression, the symptoms tend to be very heterogenous..- it is better for individuals within a given mental health category (e.g. depressed) be assessed individually for how their illness is likely to impact their job performance.
It is against the law to discriminate against people with a mental health condition.
Patients will feel more comfortable talking to a nurse who they know understands what they are going through - in the same way that Peer Support Workers are already employed - especially with sensitive subjects like self-harm.
There is a shortage of staff for wardens in prisons, so by the logic of this topic you might as well ask criminals to be the wardens. This is patently absurd.
Having a mental health issue could make it harder to deal with the pressure and stress that naturally accompanies the nursing industry.
Mental Health Foundation
published statistics showing that 70 million sick days each year in the UK are taken for mental health problems. This would place additional pressure on the services if nurses were off sick more often.
It could undermine the therapeutic relationship between a nurse and a patient if that nurse is later admitted to a psychiatric ward where they had worked.
It does not protect confidentiality for the nurse if they are being treated by familiar professionals, or in the same environment as their own patients, about the state of their own mental health.
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