Hello all. I am new to these forums, but I think this might be a good place to get advice from experienced nurses. Here's my situation:
I have been a nurse for about 2.5 years in the state of Georgia. I've never had any discipline imposed on my license despite the 2 DUIs on my criminal record. I'm a recvering alcoholic and have stayed true to my goals. The arrests took place in 2004 and 2007. I have been through treatment and have been forthcoming to the GABON about my situations. I have also had little difficulty finding jobs because I present myself well in interviews.
I am moving to Alabama next month and I have been approved for an RN license with 12 months probabtion by the ALBON based on the 2 convictions. This makes me extremely nervous. I figured the older my criminal record got, the less I'd have to deal with it. I guess every state board has different rules and I am grateful for even a probationary license. I do have some questions though...
Who would hire a nurse on probation?
What is the best way to bring this fact up in an interview?
Is there a program in Alabama to assist nurses in my position?
Would I be a good canidate for an alcohol treatment center position because of my life experience?
Is there anyone reading this that has any advce for me at all?
FYI- I'm sober and proud to be so. I'm deparately trying to overcome the mistakes I've made in the past. I'm a kind and compassionate RN who's looking for a chance to prove myself. These past few years I've come quite far and I'm determined not to let this probation status hold me back. I just need a little help from my nurse peers.
Thank you so much, B.K.