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BRN probation for DUI before receiving RN?

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by snowgal snowgal (New Member) New Member

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I have a couple questions. I am currently living in Colorado and got a DUI when I was young and dumb in my early 20’s which this August will mark 8 years since it happened. I am look at nursing schools all over the country but California is at the top of my list for places I want to live and go to school.  

I understand that California is one of the strictest boards in the US and that you can be placed on probation for 3 years for prior DUIs. I was wondering if there is a time limit on between when you received the DUI and when you get licensed that you won’t have to be on probation.     

I have been sober for over 5 years so I am not worried about the drug testing and all the fun stuff that comes with it. But after already having been on probation for my DUI, with random drug testing 3+ times a week I really don’t want to have to go through all of that again. I do understand why they do it. I am okay with being on  probation if that is what is required but would prefer not to be. I am just trying to gather as much info as possible. The BRN website wasn’t very clear about the topic. 

I completed all my diversion classes, drug testing, community service and jail time with out any issues and was release from court ordered probation with no violations after a year from the DUI.  Along with 5 year interlock in my car. I have also been a member of AA for 7 years with as a mentioned before with 5 years under my belt and couple awesome sponsees. 

So I guess pretty much what I am trying to find out is will I be on probation after I get my RN even though by the time I am done, it will have been 10 years Since my DUI?  All answers are greatly appreciated.

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Based on my experience I can say with 99% certainty that you will receive probation if your initial application following school is in California. Also, based on my experience the application process following school could take up to 2 years and you likely will not be approved to take the NCLEX until the end. 

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IN reply to the above commenter... I have seen many success stories concerning DUIs and the BRN.

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On 5/10/2019 at 10:15 AM, newgradnurse2019 said:

I have seen many success stories concerning DUIs and the BRN

 

Just to clarify, I am not saying the OP won't have success with the CA BRN and a DUI but they specifically asked if it is likely they would end up on probation. I personally know a number of nurses, including myself, who received all the stipulations of probation for a prior DUI. 2 of the 4 nurses I know for sure got their DUI over 10 years before applying also. 

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