So here is my story... I was addicted to narcotics after a severe shoulder injury. I was diverting demerol from my employer because i thought I needed it. I admitted what had been happening, voluntarily surrendered my nursing licenses, and went to rehab. Until this point I had never had any drug/alcohol or legal issues. When I got back from rehab I was fired and arrested, being charged with felony drug charges. With 2 young children and a husband that was NOT supportive my first year and a half was rough. My husband would put me down for being so stupid, not making enough money, and going to NA/AA/ meetings and counseling. During this time period I was convicted with the drug felonies and sentenced to jail time (30) days and 2 years of probabtion. About a year and a half of being clean I caught my husband having an affair. He rationalizes that his affair was "ok" because I had a drug problem. Which he still says being an addict isn't a real disease. Nonetheless, our divorce will be final next month.
I am not 3 years into being clean and I have questions and would like advice...
-When all of this happened I made a HUGE mistake by not getting a lawyer for my nursing license at the insistance of husband at the time. ( I did although pay $8,0000 for my legal lawyer, so I am broke.) I entered into an aggreement with the OBN that after 5 years I can petition the board to get my licenses back. Do I have to stick to this aggreement or can I get a lawyer now and try to get them back sooner?
-If I do get my licenses back what is the likely hood that I will be able to find a job with a felony conviction?
Most importantly, are there any support groups for nurses in north eastern ohio? Is there anyone else who has gone through something similar?
Thanks so much!
Oct 29, '12
Only an attorney experienced with dealing with the BON in your state would be able to answer your questions regarding license reinstatement.
Are you in a monitoring program? If so, the staff there should be able to provide some guidance. If not, I would suggest documenting your efforts in recovery like meeting attendance, etc.
I hope your ex will honor his financial obligations with your children because it will undoubtedly be a long road ahead. Congratulations on your sobriety and take it one day at a time.
Oct 29, '12
heck out this website/attorney. She specializes in cases involving the Ohio BON. I came across her site while writing a paper.
Good Luck with your sobriety. I'm sure it is rough, so just take one day at a time. Don't ever look back on that point of your life and see it as a failure. Learn from it, sure, but let it give you strength rather than weakness.