Venting about BON involvement in DUI - page 4

by Nursing NCO

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:banghead:I am writing this because I am irritated that in the nursing field if you receive a DUI during your off duty time it can (and usually will) seriously affect your career. I have a colleague who has been nursing for over... Read More


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    Yes, a blanket policy is correct. You are lucky that you did not hurt someone else. You say you had not had a drink for some time before this DUI, well if I drank 3 alcoholic drinks I would be extremely drunk. Put a little Xanax on board and you are completely beyond impaired.

    I believe that yes, the BON might go a bit overboard in the requirements for drug and alcohol abuse like having to pay numerous fines when you cannot work. But, if it saves one life than that cancels all negatives about the policy.
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    Sorry... driving after drinking is just not OK. Even with one glass of wine your reaction time is materially diminished. The Scandinavians have it right. By all means go out have fun but leave the car at home -- I have yet to find someone admit they are not OK to drive after they have been drinking. Don't take the chance.

    I still don't know why it isn't automatic revocation of the driving license here when you drive drunk
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    When a nurse gets a DUI, this raises huge red flags about the nurses lack of self control regarding addictive and mind altering substances. The nursing board is not there to protect the nurse - their purpose is to protect the public. We all know that addictions usually escalate. She may not be coming to work drunk now, but how long before she does. I think the board should be watching her closely and maybe this will be the wake up call for her to take a serious look at where her life is headed. No way did her license get revoked due to paperwork.!! If it was, she needs to get a lawyer.
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    Why do people constantly refer to things like a DUI as "a mistake"? Breaking the law is not a "mistake" - it's a conscious choice. It only becomes a "mistake" when you get caught.
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    Quote from Nursing NCO
    . Nursing seems to be the only job, outside of the military, where if you get a DUI in your off time it directly affects your career.
    As others have already pointed out - this is not true. There are many careers where this directly effects your job. My husband has a commercial license in California and if he gets a DUI - BIG TROUBLE. You lose your license for awhile AND you cannot be insured. The DMV is also an agency that protects the public - like the BON.

    I too have lost a friend to a chronic drunk driver - back in the early 80's - when the laws against driving while intoxicated were pretty lax.

    It does show a lack of good judgment. Which does make people wonder about your nursing judgment.

    steph
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    Remember when poor little Paris Hilton got her DUI in Cali? They acted like it was a crime to humanity for her to be sent to jail for a week. Give me a break!! Her family and friends were on tv talking about how it was just a traffic ticket and she didn't do anything wrong, she should just be able to pay a fine and be done with it.

    Well,, in an instant she could have killed someone, or worse killed several people. People don't think about this sometimes when they're driving drunk,, or they get a DUI,, they think they just got caught. Better to get caught than to live the rest of your life with the guilt of killing others because you didn't get caught.
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    nursing seems to be the only job, outside of the military, where if you get a dui in your off time it directly affects your career.



    where i work, (engineering for a defense company) you lose your security clearance automatically with a dui. depending on your specific job, that may render you unable to work it anymore. where my sister works as an engineer in a chemical plant, you would be written up for getting a ticket on your off day for not wearing a seatbelt, much less a dui.
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    Quote from ghillbert
    Why do people constantly refer to things like a DUI as "a mistake"? Breaking the law is not a "mistake" - it's a conscious choice. It only becomes a "mistake" when you get caught.
    Ummm...no.

    Breaking "the law" is probably something that you & I do every single day. Our laws are vague, overly complex, capriciously enforced, and just darn confusing. Yes, I think that most reasonable people know not to go out, get tanked, then try to drive home. I've seen the effects of that as a paramedic.

    I'd suggest that not all folks with a DUI incur it as the result of a conscious decision "to heck with it...I'm gonna go out, get stinkin' drunk, then drive".
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    Quote from CrufflerJJ
    I'd suggest that not all folks with a DUI incur it as the result of a conscious decision "to heck with it...I'm gonna go out, get stinkin' drunk, then drive".
    Most likely true but it doesn't really matter in the end does it? Do you think if you tell the judge that you didn't intend to run over the 5 year old that the vehicular manslaughter charge will go away? Good intentions don't negate the fact that you made a stupid decision, got caught and now have to pay the price.
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    Quote from Spidey's mom
    As others have already pointed out - this is not true. There are many careers where this directly effects your job. My husband has a commercial license in California and if he gets a DUI - BIG TROUBLE. You lose your license for awhile AND you cannot be insured. The DMV is also an agency that protects the public - like the BON.

    I too have lost a friend to a chronic drunk driver - back in the early 80's - when the laws against driving while intoxicated were pretty lax.

    It does show a lack of good judgment. Which does make people wonder about your nursing judgment.

    steph
    Thanks you, steph - I didn't think I was that far off base. My ex dh was a police officer, and I know some of his coworkers lost their job and benefits after getting popped for a DWI. Not sure for how long or if they got their jobs back if they got into recovery.

    Also, OTR truck drivers, firemen, anyone in the emergency medical profession, and there have to be more, I just can't really pull any more from my brain right now.

    Anne, RNC


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