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Thanks Meriwhen the RN... AA is for alcoholics. Going to AA, and telling them that I go to AA, does more than just suggest alcoholism. I don't see how telling the board that I'm an alcoholic when I'm not even an alcoholic would improve my chances...?? Isn't there something else I can do to prove myself without also throwing myself even further under the bus? This was in 2007. Its 2013 now, I graduate 2015. Not everyone who has an incident with alcohol is addicted to it! I can hardly afford school, a lawyer is way out of the question!! Any ideas for community service maybe?
I just threw the 12-step info out there with the "gathering required information." All I know about your case is what you've chosen to share here, so I can't tell you if doing that would help or hinder your chances. But depending on the applicant, they do request that info. This is something you'd have to ask the BRN about.
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I'm in CA, by the way.. It looks like the board here approves everyone who admits addiction and gets help, and denies all the others.. Do you see this trend?
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.