Will a past DUI affect taking the NCLEX/Getting hired?

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    Hi,

    I received a DUI in California when I was 19 years old. (BAC .07) but under 21.
    That was 4 years ago.
    Wondering NY's policy/process on applying for the NCLEX and/or the job likelihood.

    I am already enrolled in nursing school, in fact i finish summer 12.
    Do i contact the BON now or wait till i graduate?

    Also, if anyone has any suggestions on Preceptorship choices (as in hospitals, specialties etc) that would help too!

    thanks!!
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    I don't know about NY, but I had a student in one of my clincial groups when I taught in S. Florida who had a DUI in his background. He eventually was able to sit for the boards but had to jump though a lot of hoops to do so, and even then I think his license was restricted for the first year. It was a shame too because he was a great student and a pleasure to have in class.

    I don't think it will prevent you from taking boards, but it will most likely be a hasstle none the less.

    Just FYI for anyone reading this. If you get a DUI after you get your license, it could get reported to the board and have an effect on your license. In the state I currently live in a DUI conviction is a Gross Misdemeanor.
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    You will have to look on the state board website. In many states you will be able to pay all the fees and take the boards, but when you pass and pay for your license you will have to probably write a letter explaining the situation and how you have changed, maybe letters of recommendation, and also provide all the legal documents. It will be a pain, but you should make sure its possible to get a license so I would call the board.
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    Quote from nursing student 12
    Hi,

    I received a DUI in California when I was 19 years old. (BAC .07) but under 21.
    That was 4 years ago.
    Wondering NY's policy/process on applying for the NCLEX and/or the job likelihood.

    I am already enrolled in nursing school, in fact i finish summer 12.
    Do i contact the BON now or wait till i graduate?

    Also, if anyone has any suggestions on Preceptorship choices (as in hospitals, specialties etc) that would help too!

    thanks!!
    I think it really varies WIDELY by state. I had a classmate with 4, yes FOUR DUI convictions and she sat for the NCLEX (LPN) and got a license and a job right away.
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    Quote from ColleenRN2B
    I think it really varies WIDELY by state. I had a classmate with 4, yes FOUR DUI convictions and she sat for the NCLEX (LPN) and got a license and a job right away.
    I hope that classmate busses, or takes a cab to and from work and every where else for that matter. After 4 DUI's I believe that she is a menace to society.
    soulshine101, Dazglue, and SweetheartRN like this.
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    You should look into getting your DUI expunged. Then when you apply for jobs you don't have to disclose it on your application. (Unless it's a government job.)

    As far as the nclex, just don't get anymore misdemeanors and you'll probably be fine. No one can really say for sure.
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    This is one of those posts everybody hates....
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    Quote from RNforYears
    I hope that classmate busses, or takes a cab to and from work and every where else for that matter. After 4 DUI's I believe that she is a menace to society.
    ITA, believe me. Public transportation/cabs are not a reality here, sadly.
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    Where I live, if you have a DUI conviction, the BON will not even think about licensing you. =/
    BuckyBadgerRN likes this.


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