After lurking around here for awhile I think its finally time to say hello,
First of all I'd like to say that this forum is a wealth of information, I've used it extensively to help guide me through my nursing school
Now that the introduction is out of the way lets get down to business. I have a situation I would like a little reflection on.
But first a little background info:
I'am a recovering alcoholic who is getting ready to graduate nursing school.
Between 1989 and 1999 I managed to get myself into a lot of trouble: 4 DUIs , a criminal damaging charge and a trespassing charge.
I live in Ohio, were expungment of a DUI is not an option.
I was also arrested and initially charged with a felony, but my case was dropped before I even went to court. I was able to have this incident expunged.
The nursing program I am involved in is a 1+1, first year you're eligible to test for LPN, second year RN.
I mailed my LPN application to the BON with court documents and a written letter explaining how it was, what happened and what I am like now, after 6 weeks I received a letter to inform me that my app had been turn over to the compliance unit and that they would contact me if any additional info was needed. I'm certain that if I am allowed to test, my license will be restricted. No problem, I understand.
But.....after a little researching I've discovered that some states BON are little more...forgiving than Ohio, for instance the North Dakota BON only seems interested in felonies, I was considering withdrawing my Ohio application and applying there, relocation isn't an issue.
Is my plan flawed? Will my record keep me from getting a job regardless of which state I am licensed in?
Tell me what you think.