Recent Graduate and DUI - page 3

Hey everyone, I wanted to start a post and document what Im going thru so others who might find themselves in a similar situation have some insight. I recently graduated with my BSN in December 2012... Read More

  1. Visit  red_robster408 profile page
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    Look into getting an evaluation done. I know I preach this a lot but it def. helped me. It does not imply that you have an alcohol problem. Its like you telling the BON you don't have a problem with alcohol and that a medical doctor concurs. If you are in the BayArea, Dr. Jerry Callaway, is an expert in this field and cost about $350.
  2. Visit  shea33 profile page
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    So did you meet with a specialist before you applied to sit for the NCLEX in Washington? Im in the same boat and thinking of doing this. These posts have been very helpful!!
  3. Visit  Jillyfreeze profile page
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    Quote from Meriwhen
    The problem is you can'd go by what you read here and think, "oh, I'm just like this one, so I'll have the exact same fate." They really do consider each case individually and there's many factors that can influence things. If you search here, there's old threads from posters who had a DUI(s) from a VERY long time ago (think in terms of decades) and were told "No" by CA. So I wouldn't go by that trend that you spotted here and think you'll be in the clear.

    This is where I say seek out the counsel of a lawyer, particularly one who specializes in dealing with nursing and legal issues. Yes, lawyers aren't cheap, but a lot will work with you on the cost. And IMO, the very real possibility (AEB the number of threads you can find here) of watching 4+ years of schooling go down the drain when the BON slams the door in your face is far more expensive than what'd you pay for legal help.

    Here's a handy website where you can find a specialty lawyer in your area:
    TAANA Executive Office - Home

    Info for CA BRN licensure for applicants with a criminal history:
    Board of Registered Nursing - Enforcement Applicant Desk
    The CA BRN is also who you contact to determine exactly what documentation you will need to submit.
    So, I had a DUI in college over 28 years ago in New Orleans, Louisiana…….did what required of me at the time and had it expunged. The problem I may have is getting the required documents. I'm assuming that I can get the court documents (though worried if they were not computerized in 1985, they could have been lost in Katrina), but as far as recent letters from my rehab counselor……I don't really have one.

    I was feeling hopeful that it was so long ago, but have renewed worry by Merriwhen's comment about "decades old DUI). Where can I find that thread?
  4. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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    Jillyfreeze: I remember seeing it quite a while ago, and of course I can't find it for you :/ I'll keep looking for it.

    The odds are probably in your favor, IMO: if that was your only offense, it was expunged, and you kept your nose clean for nearly 3 decades, it's possible that the BON may understand that you may not have access to these documents. Or they may be more lenient than CA is when it comes to DUIs and/or since it's been so long since you had yours.

    But then again I can't speak for the BON.

    Get together what you do have and seek a lawyer's advice as to how to proceed. You may also want to ask the BON's advice about how you should handle this--after all, you're eventually going to have to tell them--but keep in mind that they probably won't give an official answer until you actually apply.
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  5. Visit  Jillyfreeze profile page
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    While combing through threads for hours…..because that's what you do when you are first processing the possibility of a huge roadblock to your dream……I did find an instance in GA….26 years previous and it was held up forever because of lack of documentation. That's my biggest fear…..that I won't have enough "evidence" of rehabilitation. Also, back then the penalties were not as harsh, and it may look as though I was given a light sentence………..around $400 in fees, 32 hours of community service and maybe 8 meetings of some sort…..I honestly can't recall everything. I was 19 years old, but the drinking age was 18 in Louisiana at the time, so I want to explain that it was not underage drinking.

    I did call the CA BRN first thing and was told that I need to get the court documents. So, I called the courts in New Orleans and they had closed 30 minutes prior and won't be open on Monday because of MLK.

    After freaking out a little yesterday at the potential ramifications, i called some good friends (some of them nurses) for a little perspective. I will continue talking with the BRN and will get any and all documentation that is needed (or prove that it is unavailable)….I will be remorseful instead of "hey this happened ages ago"…..I will understand that it may take extra time, but it's my own fault. The most reassuring thing I heard yesterday was……."God didn't open all of these doors just to slam them in your face." I have to turn it over to Him, while at the same time being diligent in going through the steps to successfully take care of this matter. Oh, and concentrate on doing well in my student clinical preceptorship starting this Monday.

    I hadn't revealed my DUI to my teenagers, but did so yesterday as a lesson as to "your actions today may affect you in years to come."

    Thanks for the advice………I'm going to hold off on the lawyer until I see what info I can get from New Orleans and talk with the BRN again. For future reference: What was the name of the organization for nursing attorneys?

    Thanks!
  6. Visit  Jillyfreeze profile page
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    Quote from Meriwhen
    Jillyfreeze: I remember seeing it quite a while ago, and of course I can't find it for you :/ I'll keep looking for it.

    The odds are probably in your favor, IMO: if that was your only offense, it was expunged, and you kept your nose clean for nearly 3 decades, it's possible that the BON may understand that you may not have access to these documents. Or they may be more lenient than CA is when it comes to DUIs and/or since it's been so long since you had yours.

    But then again I can't speak for the BON.

    Get together what you do have and seek a lawyer's advice as to how to proceed. You may also want to ask the BON's advice about how you should handle this--after all, you're eventually going to have to tell them--but keep in mind that they probably won't give an official answer until you actually apply.
    OK….I'm tired (started staying up later and later to transition to nights, but having trouble sleeping in).

    Meriwhen……I see the organization from your earlier post……so thank you!

    Also, I am in California……it's just that my DUI was in New Orleans. It may make it harder to get the info if I'm not there is person…….
  7. Visit  Jzt1004 profile page
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    Wow your story is such an inspiration. I am also in the bay area and in a similar situation. How was it like getting jobs? Also, please tell me how you are doing now. Can you please keep in contact with me because I am so scared what might happen to me.
  8. Visit  HopeRules profile page
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    red_robster408,

    Did the Washington Department of Health require all the letters, etc. that is required in California? Did you send them the results of your addiction evaluation?

    What do you have to provide the addiction evaluator in terms of records?

    Thank you!

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