I'm a nurse in Arkansas that was notified by license was under investigation over a year ago due to legal problems with alcohol. I was broke but managed to find an attorney in Little Rock that let me make payments. I know it's hard to especially when dealing with other legal issues but it was the best thing I did. My license still hasn't been disciplined but I know it will. The best thing hiring an attorney got me was time. I had left several nursing jobs
but found one at a clinic. I got my limited scope x-ray license with on the job training, learned to do front desk work and became a great employee.
In Arkansas an MA does not require a certification if they have on the job training and I can still take x-rays. I know clinic work pays less but I know I won't be jobless if my license is suspended for a few months. I can actually work as an MA legally. I really recommend nurses that feel their license could be disciplined to go to work at a clinic. If the clinic hires medical assistants and you're doing a great job they will likely keep you. You can't identify yourself as a nurse but it keeps you in the field and still gives you experience. Working at a clinic has also turned out to be the nursing job I've liked the most. I have no intention of leaving.