I am a Senior level nursing student in Oklahoma in my last semester of nursing school. I was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor DUI at the end of July 12.
I instantly knew I had made a grave decision and not a day goes by that I think about how I could have killed myself or worse an innocent person. This is the only time I have ever been in trouble with the law. I immediately got an attorney and completed an alcohol assessment, DUI school, and other requirements, before I was even officially charged, as I was trying to show that I understood the serious nature of my arrest. I am currently in the midst of completing a 6 month probation sentence that ends in April, after which the charges will be "dismissed" and my record "expunged" from the court records.
I am seriously worried about being able to find a job after graduation. I know that a DUI never goes away and understand how bad it looks to a perspective employer.
I have been in constant communication with the OK BON and know what I need to do for them as far as that goes. I have been told by the licensing manger that "I shouldn't have much of a problem getting approved to test" after fully explaining my situation to her, though I know that is just one person's word and I will not be sure until I have the acceptance to test letter in my hand.
At the advice of an HR representative to a hospital I wanted to apply for, I went ahead and sent in my application for a position at that hospital and fully disclosed by situation as the HR rep advised. She assured me that my application would not be immediately tossed out because of it and that I would still be considered. That is exactly what happened though. 5 days after I sent in the application it was rejected, saying I had not been selected to interview for the position. several of my classmates have received calls to interview for the same position at that hospital. I don't what to do.
All of the hospitals have recommended applying now for positions. Everywhere I have looked people say that being honest about it and fully disclosing is your best chance at getting a job.
Now I feel that I should just wait until after my probation is finished and my record expunged, and I have passed the NCLEX to apply for a job and mark no convictions on the application and if my background comes up positive then just show proof it has been expunged. Any advice would be appreciated. Any one out there that has been in the same situation?
Thanks, sincerely distressed nursing student.