I had 3 DUI's already when I entered nursing school and got in with no problem. My license was approved without a MPE, even though it did take awhile for the board to review all my documentation. I was charged with a 4th DUI earlier this year and have been attending AA meetings and nurse recovery meetings for the last 6 months. I was told that when my license is put on probation there is a possibility I will not be given a narc restriction (in my state, multiple sources) due to having no drug charges.
I have not self-reporting to the board because I am debating on whether to fight the charge or not, and am weighing my options. I decided to go back to school (since I can't work) and will have gone from an ADN to a MSN in nursing education.
My next goal is to become either a FNP, ANP, Psychiatric NP, or get a DNP in nursing education. I plan to return to bedside nursing early next year as I approach 1 year in recovery. I understand that recovery and a sound mind is the MOST IMPORTANT
thing, and have made the decision to attend AA for the rest of my life and am accepting of the 2-4 years of probation
my license will go under if I am convicted.
I am wondering if anyone can give me any insight into the difficulty in getting a job. I am concerned that many of these positions may not even be open to someone in my position. The individuals in the nurse recovery groups have assured me that getting back into bedside nursing will not be a problem as long as I am determined to stay the course.
If anyone has any constructive
advice I would really appreciate it. Facts are fine, including painful facts, but please be respectful. I have been through a roller coaster of emotions already, but am determined to use logic to plan the best path forward for myself despite my past history.