Quote from SoNervous RN
I will be starting nursing school in the fall at valencia and I am very nervous. I have already contacted the BON and been told that my past DUI will not keep me from becoming licensed. I have read many post about people that had a DUI getting becoming licensed but I was wondering where you able to get a job as a nurse at a hospital in Florida or wherever. How long was the journey for you finding a job with a criminal past? Should I even continue to pursue this career if the chances of employment are slim to none? Thanks a bunch.
I'm in Kansas, not Florida. My DUI was in 2008. Completed diversion in 2009. I graduated nursing school in 2011. Soooo with the numbers out of the way --
I found a pediatric private duty job almost immediately after graduating. Home health. It took me seven months to find a hospital job, which is a little bit less than average for the new grad. Like everyone else, I put in probably hundreds of applications and also had a phone interview for a hospital job that lead nowhere, an in-person interview for a hospital job that I didn't get, and an in-person interview for another PDN job that I got but the case fell through.
Friend of mine still had the Interlock on her car for the first half of nursing school from her DUI, and she ended up with two job offers (tele and ER) from two different hospitals.
I'll never know how many job offers I didn't get or how many times my resume was trashed immediately because of my DUI history. I also didn't have any recent medical care experience as a PCA, which also didn't help my job hunt. :lol:
I'm also lucky that KS has pretty liberal licensing laws. I actually didn't have to admit to my DUI to the BON because my license was never suspended and I received diversion -- but my friend, who did have to jump through the licensing hoops, didn't have any sort of restricted or probationary license secondary to the past DUI.
So, yes, it is possible.