Already an RN first DUI, board of nursing - page 2

by RNfornow2011

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Hello, I got my first and only DUI in January of this year. It has been a horrendous experience in all aspects and I've had nervous breakdowns related to it also. I feel like my professional career is over although people... Read More


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    Quote from traumaRUs
    My comment about lying was directed not at the OP but rather the poster that stated they didn't report their DUI to the school and the OP shouldn't report it to their employer either.

    Not harsh, unethical if one chooses to lie.
    I'm sorry, usually I let comments like this go; however, if someone lies it is on them, not on you. No judgement is needed here toward anyone.
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    DD was 19 when she was pulled over. Blew a .10. For some strange reason she wasn't arrested for DUI but an old empty wine cooler in the backseat got her an open container charge. The PD took her DL for an "Administrative suspension". (Drinking under 21 can get the suspension till she turned 21.)

    Hired a lawyer. To my DD's luck, the PD didn't show at the administrative hearing so her DL was not suspended. The lawyer had the open container ticket reduced and we paid the fine.

    She was then able to successfully become a Combat Medic and serve 4 yrs active duty and is now in the reserves. She is a MA studying for RN.

    Lawyers are always worth the investment. Imagine how this could have altered the trajectory of her life......
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    To address previous comments regarding staff post:

    Advocating lying about anything to do with the criminal hx, especially if the BON and/or Employer state clearly their guidelines, is unethical and something we at allnurses.com will not support.

    The OP never said he/she would lie.

    Others have obviously stated they would and have.

    This is something the site owner wishes not to perpetuate/support.

    Future posts that advise members to be unethical/deceitful in any way will be removed.
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    I would contact a lawyer.

    While I think you should be punished for your poor choice... I personally feel you are punishing yourself.

    We all make mistakes and I hope nothing severe happens to you.

    Just be open and honest. A lying nurse appears to be more likely to lose their license then an honest one (I live in NY). Lawyers are expesnive but I have seen cases change by the meer mention of a lawyer being involved.
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    I wish to thank all of your for your posts even if harsh.
    To Allnurses.com STAFF, thanks for sticking up for me and reiterating that I would not lie. On my renewal for licensure, I checked the box about a "new criminal record." I also have stated this on all job applications.

    To the rest of the posters, I do appreciate your comments about getting a lawyer and I will think about that. The thing is I've already gone to court, and was convicted, and I'm just finishing up my CA mandatory driving class. I have decided not to do the diversion program after having lengthy discussions with a couple BON workers, and also reading the BON's FAQs. I will wait and see the next step but I will try to maintain optimism.

    To the poster that thinks I should have my license taken away for five years, I didn't mean you to interpret my words of "simple DUI" as minimizing it. I just didn't how else to state that it was a DUI without property damage, deaths, children involved etc... Next time I will say that it was a DUI without "aggravating factors."

    I will update you all as things happen. Meanwhile, I'm needing to work and jobs aren't coming to me like they used to The sad thing is that I didn't lose my job because of this. I QUIT!! That was probably the 2nd stupidest thing I have ever done in my life, the 1st being the DUI.

    Thanks again for all your support.
    Last edit by sirI on Jun 15, '11
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    Quote from luvthegsp
    There is nothing simple about getting a DUI! You chose to put the lives of everyone around at risk.

    At a minimum you should have your license revoked for 5 years to drive home the severity of the choice you made.
    How does this response help anybody? The OP stated in many ways that s/he's already dealth with enough judgement from others, so not only are you being insensitive, you're also repeating something that has been said MANY times before and are therefore wasting valuable space on this forum.

    If you're angry about other things in life, I would suggest some time to reflect and to consider what can be done so that you can feel strength without having to talk down to others.
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    I'm sorry to hear that you quit. I understand how difficult it is to find a job with todays job market. It was only after I had my case expunged that I was able to get a hospital job. Hopefully you can look into getting your probabtion terminated early and get your case expunged. It could be easier. The county I got my dui was suppose to be more stearn than others but still granted the request. In LA, a classmate of mine was able to get her probation terminated in just 3 months.

    As for lying about not telling my school, it was an omission in my part, but I think it was within my rights to do so. I did eventually tell my school and I found them very supportive, but it was my choice to not tell them immediately. I've lived with that decision and stick behind it. My life was in enough turmoil as it was and part of me wanted to quit school... I was getting false information from everywhere that made it more stressful ... Still not sure if you have to tell your job about the DUI initially. At that moment it's between you and what the board decides. If the board does decide to take action then yes, I believe your employer should be notified.

    There's varying degrees of DUI's, and you need to look at the context of the case when you make judgement. The court ruled to expunge the case, the BON granted me a license, my school was supportive and through it all I was able to graduate with high honors. I won't go into the specifics about my DUI, but just to say I was put in a bad situation, and made a poor decision. I've truly learned from that mistake.

    My experience with a lawyer was fruitless, but that's my own experience I was sharing. From what I read, everyone else is going from hear say, so it's up to the reader to weigh it.
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    I am not a nurse or in nursing school but the feedback that I am about to give you comes from nurses and doctors that have been in your situation before:

    1) Yes, you should be concerned, scared, etc....
    Your license is at stake so why should you not feel this way

    2) You need an attorney. Find one that specifically works with saving professional licenses.

    3)- Voluntarily enroll yourself in an alcohol/substance abuse program. This will let everyone know that you are sincerely sorry about what happened and that you are making steps to ensure this does not happen again. This will help you build a strong case in saving your license

    4) Learn from this experience and don't ever ever repeat. Consequences get worse for repeat offenders.
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    I am in AZ, also have had a CA license for years but never lived there. DUI (simple) last year- after 6 months of back and forth, CA sent me a warning letter that if I get into trouble in the future, my license will be subject to revocation or other action. It reports as 'clear/active'. Lots of staff turnover in the board, don't hold your breath. I feel your anguish, BTW- you are one of only 250,000 DUIs in your state every year, and the laws continue to become more Draconian. Hold your head up- 80% of Americans drive impaired, lots get arrested and lots more do not. It's one lonely journey, eh? Be glad you caused no harm- CA BON told me that is a criteria of big importance in their decision. As far as a lawyer, you surely know by now that they cannot help you. Provide the BON every piece of legal paper you have, and a detailed letter explaining your arrest, that's what I did. BTW- a hospital adminstrator in SOCAL told me more than half of all nurse applicants at his place have either a DUI or drug arrest, and he laughed when I told him what AZ does to nurses with a simple DUI. Keep your chin up. (Actually- these postings of advice are helping me grieve through my own situation- it's been a year and I am still stunned at the repurcussions of my DUI).
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