I've read a few things on different forums about those of us who are trying to become a nurse despite having a few bad marks on our records. Most of what I see is encouraging, but I am troubled deeply by what is going on in my life right now. I don't like admitting this, but I have two DUI's on my record. They were 4 years apart, and I am currently on probation for the second one. To make matters worse, my probation officer is seeking to have my probation revoked on the basis that one of my drug tests came back diluted (which was completely unintentional, and I've submitted willingly to multiple other subsequent tests that were ALL negative - I don't do drugs and I've stopped drinking completely since this last run-in). I don't go to court for this petition to revoke until later this month, and I am TERRIFIED. I've worked so so hard on all my pre-requisites for my program, and have received all A's thus far. I have a 3.9 GPA, and I only have Microbiology left to complete before I can start the program this fall.
I already know I am going to have a load of explaining to do to a BON. Two huge mistakes like DUI's are hard enough to explain - but a probation revocation on top of that? Are you kidding me? And it's not even as though it was intentional - but I feel like giving up since I feel like a BON would laugh at my request for licensure. I'm hoping the judge sees things in my favor when I go before him, but that remains to be seen until later.
I've read things on here about people with felonies who have been awarded their licenses - this gives me hope because mine are misdemeanors. I continue to see a professional counselor, who I am hoping will help me later when the time comes to plead with the BON. However, I'm looking for anyone out there who might have a similar experience and what their outcome was. I'm pretty distressed at this point, and very ashamed - from the outside looking in, it seems like I may have screwed myself out of becoming what I really want to be. I'm just hoping that maybe my past won't haunt me forever.