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An RN submitted a question about needing to apply for a license in another state because, as a case manager, her employer requires all RNs to have licenses in the states in which they provide case management.
The state board she applied to asked her to disclose information about any psychiatric treatment and history. The RN said she was quite upset about this request, stating that she had sought treatment voluntarily, went on disability for one year, was successfully treated and returned to work taking her medication.
Moreover, she continued, isn’t one’s psychiatric history confidential unless a complaint is lodged with the state board?
First and foremost, it is important to point out that, generally, a person’s psychiatric history is confidential. States and the federal government assure this with legislative statutes, such as mental health confidentiality laws and through HIPAA provisions.