Quote from AlabamRN
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.
1) Who would hire a nurse on probation?
There are all sorts of folks who would hire a nurse on probation. The question is, how do we find those people? I don't have an answer to that question.
2) What is the best way to bring this fact up in an interview?
They are going to find out about a probationary license at some point. Have you checked online to see what kind of information is available regarding your license?
3) Is there a program in Alabama to assist nurses in my position?
Voluntary Disciplinary Alternative Program
You can try contacting them to see if they have any insight. Their services are listed here
. You can read the information regarding obtaining your license by endorsement here
. You can also contact the American association of Nurse Attorneys
to find an attorney in Alabama with answers to your questions (after paying a consulting fee).
4) Would I be a good candidate for an alcohol treatment center position because of my life experience?
You Bet Your Sweet Bippy! (If you remember that line and where it was first uttered...YOU ARE OLD LIKE ME!!!) Your experience, strength and hope are exactly what impaired nurses and others suffering with addiction can benefit from. What does it say in Step 12?
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Take it one day at a time!