Quote from yellowsunshine
I came from another state in 2004 with a DUI from 2000. The Board put me on probation for 1 year, limited my ability to work, requires weekly attendance to nurse recovery meetings, evaluations for relapse, weekly AA attendance. At the end of the year probation I can submit a request for a hearing to have my license re-evaluated. They decide whether or not to extend the probation. Also, monthly drug testing. One of the nurses in my nurse recovery meetings was in a car accident and in a coma/ICU for a month. When she was released, the board informed her that her probation would be extended for 6 months because she received controlled substances during hospital stay, and missed her AA, and nurse recovery meetings. I guess I feel sometimes, that the nursing board, or some of the employees of are very hardened people, without much heart left. People do make mistakes in life. I don't know anyone perfect, But even God forgives. I was told that According to the board once your license has been put on probation, even after discharge, it can be very difficult to become licensed in other states. The validity of this statement I don't know, but if it is true it makes me feel that this will follow me for the rest of my life. Most of us who have made mistakes feel alot of remorse. I feel that I will have to explain this mistake for the rest of my life. Has anyone had any experiences with this? Will it always be this bad. The DUI happened in 2000, after my son was killed in a car accident. I lost it. How long to you have to pay for mistakes?
How long do you have to pay for mistakes.....the answer is as long as it takes.
Yes, G-d forgives...but the BON is not required to.
The BON in most states is somewhat hardened. They have had to listen to excuse after excuse after excuse for illegal behavior by nurses. They hold patient safety in their hands and would have guilt on their conscious if they licensed someone who then harms a patient.
Will it affect future licensing? Yes. I had a speeding ticket in 1987 that some states will require me to report and provide references for. You will be having to provide these explanations for a very long time.
And, quite bluntly, having a loved one die in a vehicular accident, for many people, would have provided the impetus to NOT drive under the influence. How would you have felt if you had killed someone? Would it have been okay for their family members to drive under the influence and kill more people?
I am very sympathetic to the issues that led to this, as I am sure that the BON is, but you cannot use it to excuse dangerous behavior. And trust me, if the BON hears ANY excuses coming from you, no matter how valid you think that they are, they will be even less likely to allow you to regain your licensure.
This may sound harsh, but own your mistakes and resolve not to commit them again. No "everyone makes mistakes", or "everyone does it, they just don't get caught". What "everyone" does, doesn't matter...it is what you do that matters in regards to licensing.