Hi everyone, I am posting this to try and get some information about what I can do to better my chances of obtaining an RN license in California with a couple of charges including a dui. My charges include the following:
Open Container -2008 (citation ticket)
Public Urination-2006 (citation ticket)
DUI- 2005 (misdemeanour)
I am currently in nursing school ad will be graduating with a BSN in December 2013. I have reviewed the licensing application and I read that the BRN allows you to submit letters from recognized recovery programs, nursing instructors, employers. You can also submit Proof of community work, schooling, and self improvement efforts. With that said, I would like to know if anyone has ever been in a similar situation and has succeeded in obtaining a license with a past dui or criminal history. I would also like advise on things that I could do to better my application chances Does anyone think its a good idea to join AA? Thanks.
Aug 19, '12
For starters, yes. AA meetings will benefit you in many ways.
You should refer yourself to a Professional License Attorney Specialist. There are former Deputy Attorney Generals and Licensing Board Prosecutors who have participated in hundreds of matters involving professional licensing.
Generally speaking, with regard to any inquiry, absent any different approach by someone like your Professional License Attorney Specialist, may I suggest you consider the following:
I do not know what the licensing board looks for, but my guess is an acceptance of full responsibility and rehabilitative success.
I would spend much less time on the facts of the arrest and say:
"The police arrested me for misdemeanor DUI. I accepted responsibility and pled guilty."
I would then move on to total compliance with the terms of probation, with details that also include your new knowledge of the specifics of impairment and your decision and implementation of a vow to not drive with any amount of alcohol in your system.
The entire tone of any explanation may be: "I did it, it was my fault and I'll never do it again. This was a singular indiscretion."
"I learned that it is easy to relax one's standards when not working."
"I know that when I am drinking, my judgment is impaired and my reaction time is slower."
"I know that while driving, I need to be absolutely sober and alert, because I do not want to put others at risk."
It is safe to say the Board will look for satisfaction and proof that you addressed alcohol and substance abuse monitors, AA, counseling, testing, etc.
Last edit by tnbutterfly on Aug 19, '12