DUI's & Licensure - page 5

OK Here goes. Ten years ago I got two DUI's. Now I'm pretty sure that those two won't affect me with licensure as long as I petition the boards effectively. Just yesterday I found out that I was... Read More

  1. by   passing thru
    These cases I described are unforgettable and needless deaths.

    Most people are aware that there are more than 53,000 motor vehicle deaths every year in the U.S.

    A large percentage are related to alcohol abuse.

    It is mind boggling for me to attempt to think in terms of 53,000 families every year experiencing the pain, suffering, and sorrow that I witnessed in these families.

    If anyone thinks the OP doesn't have a real problem, I would suggest thinking of it in terms of every 15 minutes someone in America dies in a car crash....most likely alcohol is involved.

    Nearly all survivor famililies express the same outlook:
    "I've read about people being killed by drunk drivers and seen it on television, BUT I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN TO US."

    All alcohol crashes/deaths and injuries are PREVENTABLE.

    It is so simple. Do not drink , then drive.
    Do not ride with a driver who has drank.
  2. by   nursenoelle
    As I type this, I am in awe how some think that it is "cool" that your first 2 DUI's will not count. I had surgery on monday, to internally fixate a serious fracture I rec'd in a car wreck after a driver who was IMPAIRED hit me. I am unable to work, or drive or cook, or apply makeup , or NURSE. I don't think that you should ever be able to drive again. I don't care how far apart the charges are. That may sound harsh, but oh well. So you got "caught 3 times. How many times have you done this?

    I can empathise w/ alcoholism. I cannot however, feel sorry for you in this predicament. You are a grown woman who is very lucky that she did not kill anyone. You seem to want sympathy. And you rec'd some. If you cannot learn to be responsible for yourself, how can you take responsibility of others lives? I agree w/ Rebel's assessment. GET SOBER FIRST ! Then , maybe you will be an asset to the nursing profession.
  3. by   colleen10

    I am very sorry for what has happened to you and hope that you will make a speedy recovery and amen to your other comments.

    Once again:

    Life is full of choices everyday. Getting behind a vehicle after drinking and possibly causing an accident, injuring/killing others and/or yourself, getting arrested for a DUI is a no brainer. If you can't even make make the correct decision on something as simple as that, how can anyone think that you are capable of making a much more important decision?
  4. by   nursenoelle
    Thanks Colleen.
  5. by   sbn8tv
    This is getting way too wierd for me. I won't be posting anymore but I just have a couple questions for all you who asume that I am some kind of monster because I got a 3rd DUI in ten years. Do any of you smoke? Do you know the statistics on that? Do you come down this hard on people who do?

  6. by   nursenoelle
    I don't assume that you are a monster- just irresponsible. Sorry if that hurt your feelings, that was not the intent. You don't need hugs, you need to get it together.
  7. by   colleen10
    I do not smoke but I don't come down hard on people who do, mainly because they are not hopped up sitting behind a 1 ton steel automobile that can go up to 120 mph. Yes, second hand smoke can hurt others health but, if I am sitting in a restaurant and I smell smoke I have the option to either ask the person to put it out or move else where. A luxury a person sharing the road with a drunk does not.
  8. by   nursenoelle
    and to add: There is a big difference between support and enabling. Many of the harsh responses that you rec'd where from ppl ., nurses, who have been affected by drinking and driving. The best advice offered to you was to maintain sobriety prior to getting into nursing. One day at a time,etc., etc,. That is the cold hard truth. Not a flame.
  9. by   renerian
    Noelle I am sorry you were injured by another impaired person. I hope you get better soon.

  10. by   passing thru
    And once a fracture heals, there is a high percentage of life long achiness and ultimately arthritis in the break area... pain til the end of time. Don't let the perpetrator off lightly.

    The original poster............. copped an attitude when the
    situation was seen in the bright light of day.

    She will probably kill/injure someone, and eventually serve time.
    The prosecuting attorney in any state will find her three "driving under the influence" convictions.
    Of course it will be too late for her victims and their families.

    As I said, she is not quitting. I guarantee you she has had a drink since July 4th. Not drinking and driving again, not yet.
    But drinking, yes.

    Does her post reflect humility? or Arrogance?
  11. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by passing thru

    Does her post reflect humility? or Arrogance?
    Neither, as zoeboboey, has pointed out it reflects the insanity of the disease of alcoholism.
  12. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by passing thru
    Patients I have personally cared for in ICU who were there as a result of a drunk driver:

    An 18 year old male - -his mother's only child - - brain dead

    A 16 year old female -her parents only daughter - - brain dead-
    the car in which she was a passenger was rear ended by a drunk, at one in the afternoon.

    Three teen males who were sideswiped/run off the road - at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. The drunk survived, the teens did not.

    A couple in their early thirties, pedestrians - ran down in the crosswalk by a
    drunk driver, "blind drunk", he never saw them. They died.

    Three daughters from one family- - killed at 10 a.m., by a woman who was on her way to a funeral, the driver had had a few drinks to "get me going."

    A 16 month old boy, killed by a drunk driver who ran a red light and broadsided the family car.

    Two teen sisters who died in our ICU. I refused to allow the drunk driver to be admitted to our unit or floor. He was taken to a step-down ICU. He said it was their fault, "they shouldn't have been in my way." His BAL 0.21. He survived to get another DUI.

    There's a dozen more I personally know of. The wails & cries; the shock and disbelief of the parents and families of these victims are burned in my memory.

    The original poster ..... she is NOT going to stop drinking. A couple of her posts are almost poetic, almost prose in her
    perception of drinking/quitting.

    She goes out to get drunk...hence, taking cabs.
    She isn't assuming responsibility, now or next year or the next.
    Reread her posts.
    Take my word for it. She is not quitting.
    Once she is out of court and knows how this DUI will be resolved, the
    pressure will be off....and it's time to "relax" with a drink.

    Alochol and drug related crashes are probably a factor in the majority of our admission in my hospital. As well as the myriad of medical problems in patients with the disease.

    Frankly, it wasn't for drugs and alcohol the hospital I work in would be forced to close down. I would gladly mop floors if drug and alochol related injuries and medical conditions suddenly disappeared from our society.

    It's our greatest tragedy.
  13. by   Tweety
    Noelle, sorry this has happened to you.