Nursing Student makes a very stupid decision and recieved a DUI...advice...?

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    I am a nursing student in California, I am in my first semester of the program. I've read some threads on the matter which I am about to discuss but have not found an answer speicific to my problem. I recently made the worst decision of my life and drove home after having some drinks and recieved a DUI, this is my first DUI (or problem with the law ever) and it had no aggrevating charges. I hired a lawyer to help me through the legal process, but I am almost sure It will remain a DUI or at best a "wet reckless" I am adamant about taking the Alcohol classes and anything else required of me and refraining from ever putting myself in this situation again. My question is how and when should I tell my program, my greatest fear is being thrown out of the program and losing my chance to pursure this career choice which I've worked towards the past 1 1/2 years. I've reflected on this utterly stupid choice I made which was totally out of character for me and know I will have to tell my instructors. If I do remain in the program I know I will have to disclose this to the California Board of Nursing and will need personal reference letters from relevant people (i.e instructors, faculty) so trying to skate under the radar and finish quietly is not an option. Please any advice from people with experience knowledge on the matter would be greatly appreciated.
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    questions we seem to be encountering more and more often have to do with the effects of a criminal history on nursing licensure:
    • is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a criminal history and if so, can i get a job?
    • is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a mip, dui, or other related charges?
    • what happens if you are charged or convicted of a crime after licensure?
    • can i go to nursing school and/or be licensed/be employed if my record has been sealed or expunged?
    • what if i have a “deferred adjudication”? will i have to declare this as a conviction?
    • will i be able to go to nursing school and/or attend clinicals with a criminal record?
    • what can happen if i receive a mip/dui/dwi or other charge while still in school


    these are questions that the members of allnurses.com cannot answer. the only reliable source of information is your state board of nursing.


    if you are a nursing student or are interested in becoming a nurse you need to contact your bon and/or your school of nursing directly. you need to be completely candid with them as to the nature and disposition of the crimes. each board of nursing makes a determination on a case by case basis and some are willing to issue a declarative statement in advance.


    we wish you the best as you try to get through this.
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    I don't know what the specific steps are for a DUI case is. Since I've never gotten one and I'm only a social drinker, very occasional. Very occasional means, maybe one to three drinks a year! In other words; even if I have some, I easily get drunk so, I limit my alcohol intake. I'm not used to the stuff. I don't understand the fascination with alcohol, but personally ---> I'd prefer to drink Pepsi or Sprite/7-UP anyday! Anyway. . .

    I'm not sure if you're required to tell your instructors or the nursing program, since it didn't happen while you're in lecture, lab, or clinical. But, you seriously, NEED to be honest with yourself though. Maybe you have a drinking problem? You have a lot more things to worry about other than the nursing program, don't you think?

    If you don't have a drinking problem, what's the big deal in just doing what you need to do to "fix" your situation? I mean take all the AA classes required and etc., just to make your mistake go away?

    I guess ethics plays a major part in your situation. Nursing schools are only required to check your criminal background for clinical site purposes. But, I doubt that they can penalize you for your DUI. Unless, ofcourse, you show up intoxicated -- that's a different story, isn't it?

    Be honest with yourself. You'll know what to do next.
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    Should I wait until I have completed the Alcohol classes and whatever other (if any) penalties before I have a sit down with them?
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    Ok, my mistake... maybe you can't be a nurse if you have a DUI? (depends on the state).

    Goodluck.
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    Our program director told us one of the first days of class, if we get into any trouble with the law to let them know as soon as possible. I know you don't want to say and take a chance of getting kicked out of the program, but at the same time, you would hate to do the entire program only to find out, it was for nothing. The faculty is there to help you, not be against you, so just talk with them and have them guide you in the right direction! Let us know how things go.
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    Thanks for the input tiffany. I will.
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    Quote from vegas2009
    I don't know what the specific steps are for a DUI case is. Since I've never gotten one and I'm only a social drinker, very occasional. Very occasional means, maybe one to three drinks a year! In other words; even if I have some, I easily get drunk so, I limit my alcohol intake. I'm not used to the stuff. I don't understand the fascination with alcohol, but personally ---> I'd prefer to drink Pepsi or Sprite/7-UP anyday! Anyway. . .

    I'm not sure if you're required to tell your instructors or the nursing program, since it didn't happen while you're in lecture, lab, or clinical. But, you seriously, NEED to be honest with yourself though. Maybe you have a drinking problem? You have a lot more things to worry about other than the nursing program, don't you think?

    If you don't have a drinking problem, what's the big deal in just doing what you need to do to "fix" your situation? I mean take all the AA classes required and etc., just to make your mistake go away?

    I guess ethics plays a major part in your situation. Nursing schools are only required to check your criminal background for clinical site purposes. But, I doubt that they can penalize you for your DUI. Unless, ofcourse, you show up intoxicated -- that's a different story, isn't it?

    Be honest with yourself. You'll know what to do next.
    I disagree with this.

    We still live in a country until you are innocent until proven guilty and it didn't appear to me, from her post, that she has been convicted of anything...yet...only charged.

    The OP should not have to report anything to anyone until the legal process is complete.
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    [quote=vegas2009;4223958]I don't know what the specific steps are for a DUI case is. Since I've never gotten one and I'm only a social drinker, very occasional. Very occasional means, maybe one to three drinks a year! In other words; even if I have some, I easily get drunk so, I limit my alcohol intake. I'm not used to the stuff. I don't understand the fascination with alcohol, but personally ---> I'd prefer to drink Pepsi or Sprite/7-UP anyday! Anyway. . .

    I'm not sure if you're required to tell your instructors or the nursing program, since it didn't happen while you're in lecture, lab, or clinical. But, you seriously, NEED to be honest with yourself though. Maybe you have a drinking problem? You have a lot more things to worry about other than the nursing program, don't you think?

    If you don't have a drinking problem, what's the big deal in just doing what you need to do to "fix" your situation? I mean take all the AA classes required and etc., just to make your mistake go away?

    I guess ethics plays a major part in your situation. Nursing schools are only required to check your criminal background for clinical site purposes. But, I doubt that they can penalize you for your DUI. Unless, ofcourse, you show up intoxicated -- that's a different story, isn't it?

    Be honest with yourself. You'll know what to do next."
    I am being honest with myself, I am going to have to face telling them sooner or later. My question was if I should wait till I'm done in court or do it before then. Anyways, I am a social drinker as well, I work hard and study hard and recieved a call from some friends that night, my problem was deciding to drive home after having some drinks. I should of just called a taxi. The problem I have is not drinking itself, but making a bad decision while I just happened to be drinking. I dont drink everday, week, or month for the that matter. I just read your post and found it not helpfull at all but rather very judgemental....anyways good day to you.
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    Quote from lotus1
    I am being honest with myself, I am going to have to face telling them sooner or later. My question was if I should wait till I'm done in court or do it before then. Anyways, I am a social drinker as well, I work hard and study hard and recieved a call from some friends that night, my problem was deciding to drive home after having some drinks. I should of just called a taxi. The problem I have is not drinking itself, but making a bad decision while I just happened to be drinking. I dont drink everday, week, or month for the that matter. I just read your post and found it not helpfull at all but rather very judgemental....anyways good day to you.
    I agree. Having had no experience with a DUI's and the comment about preferring soda above alcohol, that post was as useful as your mother shaking her finger at you and saying tsk, tsk. Lotus1 it sounds like you have taken the first best step and hired a lawyer. Maybe your lawyer can poke around 'unofficially' with other administrative lawyers and find out what proper procedure is concerning what would be the most appropiate time to disclose.

    Vegas

    Her reference to taking AA classes was not a confession. It was akin to drug dealers being diverted to drug court because they'd rather get a diversion for being 'an addict' as opposed to doing serious time for selling drugs, even though they don't use. Your comment was harsh, especially the 'don't you think?' part.
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