Quote from knightsofni
I needed advice from all the nurses in recovery. I just graduated nursing school
with honors as a single mom. I have a felony drug record from 12 years ago and I have been clean for over 11 years. The NV board is allowing me to take the NCLEX so I am very happy about that. But I still have to go before both the Disability Advisory Committee and the BON. I am willing to jump through whatever hoops I need to become a nurse. But I am still so scared that after all this hard work I will be turned down. I have recommendations from teachers at my school to the dean and president. Any advice is greatly appreciated! And yes, I was honest with everyone since the beginning. The school knew and so did the hospital where I did my clinicals. I was VP of the honor society, a mentor to incoming students and even tutored in my spare time. I don't want what I did when I was 21 to hold me back now.
First of all... CONGRATS on your recovery and your nursing school accomplishments.
I am not familiar with NV BON but it is common that they would request a hearing before issuing a license. What is not clear to me is the hearing with the Disability Advisory Committee. What is that all about??
In any case, my advice would be as follows:
Present lots of paperwork including initial proof of treatment, completion of criminal charges with something to indicate compliance, then have letters from addictionologist, counselors, AA people, pastor, and other past employers. Provide all the things that you have incorporated into your life that support a recovery based life, ie, AA, volunteer work, family support, church, etc,,,
When speaking with the BON, be humble, be honest, take ownership for your past, and express remorse, outline your openness and desire to advocate to others how recovery is possible, and be open to ideas that may involve monitoring.
I would guess that since you have established long term recovery, that they should not require monitoring, but again, I am not at all familiar with NV. Some states would want this, but all states have their own policies.
Good luck, keep us posted!