Quote from truern5
never reported it to CA Board in fear of loosing job quickly! Just got letter from board they know, I have 2 choices. Enslist in Diversion program, loose job, and attend a alcohol class every day for approx. 2-4 years and keep lic.? OR let board investigate and take a risk of being taken to court/trial and still rick loosing lic. and lots of $$$$on attorney fees if I get one. I'm NOT a alcoholic. I Hate drinking! It does happen! It happend 2 yrs ago after a bachlorett party and deeply regret the Stupid night! Any comments greatly appreciated!
Well, the first thing is, you should have reported this when it happened.....I'm presuming you were convicted and paid a fine, and that it's all a matter of public record. Since you didn't do that, it looks worse to the board than if you'd been honest with them from the start. HOWEVER......now that they know about it, you need to have an attitude of cooperation, and that means jumping through some hoops in order to keep your license. (Although I don't know why you'd automatically lose your job---did the letter tell you the BON would inform your employer and recommend termination, or are you merely assuming you'll be fired?)
If I were in your shoes, I would write them a letter explaining what happened, any mitigating circumstances, and the penalties you paid. Then I'd tell them what you learned from the experience and what you've done since then to ensure that this will never happen again. Don't protest that you're 'not an alcoholic'; they hear that all the time and tend to be rather cynical. Just say that you were convicted of DUI, you learned your lesson, you've lived a clean life for the past 2 years and that you'll do whatever it takes to keep your nursing license......then DO it. Would 'alcohol classes' really be that bad? You just might learn something, you know......it may be something you might not WANT to learn, but that you NEED to learn for your own sake.
Best of luck to you.