If you are drunk, don't drive! - page 3

If you are a nurse, and you drive while you are drunk; the Board of Nursing can suspend your nursing license for good!!! This is hard to believe...but it is true!!!!... Read More

  1. by   firstaiddave907
    i agree
  2. by   SCRN1
    Quote from Tweety
    A felony. DUIs here are traffic offenses and not felonies.

    It might be different from state to state. As I stated before, here in Florida it doesn't mean an automatic loss of license. But I've seen policement, judges and other professions here held accountable when they've gotten DUI's. It's not just nurses.
    I didn't know how it was there, so that's why I asked. Here, I don't think the first offense is considered a felony. I asked my DH about it and he said it depends on how many offenses and then it's called a felony DUI. At one time, I think if you got caught 3 times, you lost your driver's license for good...or something like that. It was called three strikes, you're out. The laws here have gotten even tougher and I haven't really kept up with it, so I don't know what they do even with the first one now.
  3. by   GardenDove
    I know drunk driving can be a felony sometimes. Maybe when there's an accident.
  4. by   Agnus
    One point that we seem to be missing. Every state has it's own BON. Every state has its own laws. Because something holds true in one state does not mean it holds true in another.
  5. by   Simplepleasures
    Well, in Wisconsin the BON doesnt seem to give a rats butt about drunk driving convictions, a unit manager in a facility I used to work in was coming to work straight from jail, she was working under the HUBER LAW, convicted for repeat drunk driving. Employers knew this , yet still considered her the "sweetheart" of the unit. While on this HUBER LAW she made a devastating error that caused the death of a patient, due to her aggrogance and bad judgement.STILL the BON continues to allow her to work with just a slap on the hand.Go figure. Oh by the way, after the family sued the facility, the facility's lawyers advised administration to fire her, too much of a liability, a little too late I'd say.
    Last edit by Simplepleasures on Jan 27, '07
  6. by   smurfy
    just play it safe don't drink and drive
    end of problem easy solution
    and it keeps you from killing innocent people
  7. by   mommy2boys
    I don't know about other states but in CA, getting a DUI is a misdemeanour unless there is an accident w/ injury or multiple numer of DUI arrests (I don't know the number off hand).

    I do know that not only are nurses at risk for losing their jobs (ie licences) but anyone in law enforcement will lose their job (or in the best case be transfered to a desk job) for getting a DUI. I also believe that firemen, EMT, and truck drives also lose their jobs if convicted of a DUI (mis. or felony)

    I agree with these rules because you knew of the consequences for your actions before you drove drunk. I'm very passionate about this because I lost a dear friend because he choose to drive drunk and wound up killing himself and 3 other friends. Had they all pulled their heads out of their self absorbed butts maybe we wouldn't have had to burry them before their time.

    JMO
    Erin
  8. by   Tweety
    Quote from Agnus
    One point that we seem to be missing. Every state has it's own BON. Every state has its own laws. Because something holds true in one state does not mean it holds true in another.
    Very true. But the point wasn't missed. I very clearly was stating how it was here, and how it contradicted with the original poster.
    Last edit by Tweety on Jan 27, '07
  9. by   Tweety
    Quote from smurfy
    just play it safe don't drink and drive
    end of problem easy solution
    and it keeps you from killing innocent people
    'Nuff said. End of discussion. :chuckle

    Sooner or later someone is going to come to this thread with a story as to how their lives have been personally changed from a drunk driver. Felony or no felony. Loss of license or not, innocent lives are devastated permanently. (revised. I see post #33 someone did post about it, I knew someone would)
  10. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from jimthorp
    I carry a concealed and loaded firearm and thus have the potential to maim and kill at will. Does that mean my licensure should be scrutinized more than someone who wants nothing to do with firearms? I don't think so.
    And what does that have to do with the price of tea in China or this topic.

    I own a Saturn, with which I can kill and maim, but am permitted to continue to do so because I exercise good judgement and do not break the laws. I own guns and exercise that right safely and in accordance with the law.

    If I use any of these weapons inproperly, showing poor judgement and endangeing the public....I will be charged and may lose my license. Does this have to do with my abilities as a nurse. Of course not!! But it does demonstrate a lack of good sense, common courtesy and extremely poor judgement.

    If you drink (smoke/toke/shootup/snort) and drive, you are in VIOLATION of the law, showing exceedingly poor judgement and endangering the public. This makes it substantially different than merely owning guns.

    Please also not that most states have a "morals" clause written into the licensing - 7 of the 8 states in which I am licensed do. They state that a nurse must be "of good moral character". Thus, you can have your license pulled more breaking that - many states base their DUI/DWI policies on that.
    Last edit by caroladybelle on Jan 27, '07
  11. by   GardenDove
    Quote from caroladybelle
    And what does that have to do with the price of tea in China...
    I was wondering that myself. (my mother used to use that phrase all the time)

    Drinking and driving is a serious crime, imo. The BON has a right to set their professional standards for their RNs, they are an independent entity and they are entitled to decide these things.
  12. by   natrgrrl
    Call me naive but I appreciate the fact that nurses are among the most trusted professions.
    I don't trust anyone, family, friend or nurse, who drives drunk.
  13. by   CaLLaCoDe
    [mouse] danh3190 quote: If it's simply a matter a matter that the nurses should know better, how many nurses smoke? How many are grossly obese? We all do dumb stuff when we should know better.[/mouse]

    I agree! At least offer a warning and not a full suspension, that's ludicrous!!!
    Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Jan 28, '07

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