Quote from Bruce RN
I'd like to add that the OP doesn't need to be judged or shamed any further than what has already happened.
Telling her that she could have gotten into an accident with a car with a baby in it isn't helpful, IMHO. It just adds more shame and stress to an already bad situation.
A baby's life isn't any more valuable than if she were to have hit a 45 year old pedestrian while driving drunk.
Many, many nurses have had DUI's.
And many, many more have never had one but should have because they've driven drunk on plenty of occasions but were never caught.
I'm sorry, but I've read too many comments here that have a high brow tone to them and are literally shaming nurses for getting DUI's, yet so many nurses have had them. The number of threads started about the subject alone is evidence to that.
Instead of judging and shaming nurses who have gotten them, why are we not examining why so many nurses (or nursing students)are getting them in the first place?
I have a feeling that it goes much deeper than bachelorette parties and simple momentary lapses of judgement.
if you drive drunk, you need to be shamed.
after 22 years of nursing, i remember the worst thing i saw when i floated to the trauma unit was a multiple freeway accident caused by a drunk driver...he was drunk as cooter brown and ran into a woman who was 8 months pregnant. her baby could not be saved, apparently the placenta became separated from her and he died. she was injured but had not yet found out that her baby died. he was so drunk he didn't know what was up.
i remember we were all crying, it was so sad. the police wanted to beat him down and he had the nerve to be demanding!
so many people drive drunk and kill others, unfortuately they walk away without a scratch.
and you want to take care of me?
what part of spend the night don't you understand?
what happened to "can you give me a ride home" don't you understand?
my father was an alcoholic, and one of the saddest things about an alcoholic is that they are so selfish. all they can think about is "i". they don't see the consequences of what they do. it is always about what they want, what they didn't get, or how can they fix it without paying the price for what they have done. and if you ever work with a nurse who has come to work drinking
it ain't nothin' nice.
now before anyone calls me judgemental come and work at the job i am leaving for a week, then go back.
too many excuses, so little time.
soon to retire from nursing after 22 years:roll