Can I become a nurse with a 5150 in California


I was released from the hospital after a 72 hour hold. I just submitted my fingerprints to the BRN in CA 2 days before I was detained. I'm a new grad. I am worried the BRN will see that this happened. I was detained by patrol officers at the Golden Gate Bridge who thought I was suicidal or planning to jump even though I didn't even go over the railing. 


Specializes in oncology. Has 45 years experience. 1,673 Posts

Please understand that you may have some fragility now. I am so glad you received help and wish you only the best future. Do know that there are many RNs and Medical students who have felt desolate during their educational pathway?  When you are ready I would be receptive to your sharing or not. Believe me what you have gone through will also help a patient who needs reassurance that what they are going through can be modified or remedied. Most of all your return to a good status quo will benefit your patients, family and other s.o. and YOU

Drewseph, ADN, RN

Specializes in Emergency/Trauma Nursing. 50 Posts

Hi, Chocolatebean! 👋

Fellow new grad from California here (hello). There's one of two ways this could work out, depending on how the situation went down:

1. If you were "detained" (99% chance) as you stated, and you were kept in a police car and then taken to the hospital, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about as far as this coming up on any kind of record, or having to report this to the BRN. Even if the BRN did find out, they would just remind you to take care of yourself as they handed you your license.

2. If you were "arrested" (<1% chance, unless you were violent) as you were taken off the bridge: as in you were read your full Miranda rights (right to remain silent, right to an attorney, anything you say can/will be held against you), and then taken down to the police station, fingerprinted (not Live Scanned, LOL), given an ugly pair of tan/orange scrubs and held overnight? Then you'd need to report the arrest to the BRN. And even then you'd just get delayed a couple of weeks while they investigated what happened, but you will in NO WAY be denied your license. Unless you lied about being arrested. 

So, hey. I know it's none of my business, and I believe what you said about not actually intending to jump off the bridge. I lost one of my friends earlier this year who was also a nursing student in our state, and I took it very hard. Actually it changed my life... and you know what's crazy is that she was in 4th semester, so she would have been here finished with us. So I take this stuff pretty seriously, and I just want to say that regardless of what happened: you are loved. And you are not alone. Feel free to shoot me a private message if you need someone to talk to, or call the 1-800-273-8255 national suicide hotline. And then memorize that number for your future patients 🙂 

I'll be thinking of you, friend. But not because you have to worry about the BRN. I sincerely doubt that have anything to worry about there. Remember that in order to take care of others, we must first take care of ourselves. You got this.



Edited by NurseDrew