Dear Nurse Beth,
I want to become an RN. I have an associates
of applied science for MLT and a Phlebotomy certification through ASCP. I have never been employed as an MLT, I couldn't get a job.
I have 3 DUI's on my record. 1) age 16, 2) age 23 and I am now 38 and have yet to go to court. The paperwork for the RN program says you must have a "negative background or acceptable". I am afraid the clinical site will not let me in and it is possible. Even if they do I still have to go through the BON.
I would be an excellent nurse, I was a CNA for ten years and an excellent phlebotomist the fear of all the work and money to not get to become a nurse is rational but If there is a chance I want to try. Is it possible for me to make it? What do you think? (My partner of now 14yrs. had a massive stroke Oct 18th 2009, I graduated July 2010 for MLT this is 2017. I have been working as a server for the last three years.
You are right to have concerns. Your challenges are:
- Getting accepted to an RN program
- Getting cleared by the BON for your license after you graduate the RN program.
If you had a recent DUI for a total of 3 DUIs, you may not be accepted to an RN program.
Next step is the BON- they are far more rigorous than RN programs and look for insight, remorse and rehabilitation- which will be a challenge with your record. Read Writing a Letter of Explanation to the BON.
I am so sorry. I would be the last to say you could not succeed, and the first to agree that, yes, you could have the makings of an excellent nurse.
I'm just telling you what I know- that even if you are accepted to an RN program, you will still have to
convince your state BON that you are rehabilitated. You could invest a great deal of time and resources in school for naught.
More important is your pattern of drinking and risky choices.
The first step on your agenda needs to be your health and addressing your alcohol use.
Best wishes to you and your partner,
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!
As someone who helps make decisions for a hospital as to whether or not students can come for clinicals ... I agree with meanmaryjean. A youthful DUI from a long time ago is easily forgiven. The 2nd gives us reason to pause, but might be allowed if it were 15 years ago. But the current one announces that you still have a significant problem with alcohol -- and that would probably cause us to prevent you from coming to our facility for clinical.
I hope you can resolve your problems soon and move on with your life.
Last edit by llg on Oct 27
The most important issue here is NOT your potential nursing license - it is WHO YOU WILL EVENTUALLY KILL by driving drunk. If you kill yourself, that is your own choice - sad - but your choice. If and WHEN you cause an accident and kill or maim innocent people through your choices - THAT is the worst thing about this - not your nursing license. PLEASE take a minute to listen to families and victims of drunk and "buzzed" drivers before you ever get behind the wheel of a car again. Making a choice to put others at risk of death - you don't deserve a nursing license, let alone a driver's license.
HERE'S A STORY OF A YOUNG GIRL BURNED BEYOND RECOGNITION AND WHOSE FRIENDS WERE KILLED - BY A DRUNK DRIVER: Jacqui's Story - YouTube
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I agree with all the statements and I hope no program or BON would even consider you as a candidate for being a nurse. Three times at driving drunk tells me that you are someone who feels rules don't apply to you and worse yet, your carelessness and irresponsible behavior shows you have absolutely no regard for human life and have no business working in a profession where you make decisions that could kill someone. How long will it be before you show up to work drunk? I would not want to work with you and I would not want you caring for myself or any family members. Do the nursing profession a favor and find another career. Bartending sounds like the perfect career choice for you.
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