I got a DUI - page 3

I was so stupid the other night, I had two drinks, got pulled over and failed the breathalyzer. Will this affect my AL RN liscence when we renew next year Before that I had a clean record, not... Read More

  1. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by LPN2Be2004
    Letting the BON (what does BON stand for anyway, i know what DON is?) know what happened instead of he/she finding out on their own shows honesty.
    BON = Board of Nursing
  2. by   NurseBenz
    "getting a DUI is against the nurse practice act"
    Please show me where it says this in the nurse prectice act.

    Shame on you guys...
    He/she has not yet even been convicted of the crime. I disagree with calling the BON and turning herself/himself in.
    Hire an attorney and if you are convicted then call the BON to report your situation.
  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    In Oregon, we have to report ANY arrest/criminal charges, except of course for traffic infractions, to the BON. It doesn't matter if you're eventually convicted or not, they ask you on your license renewal form every 2 yrs. if you have been arrested, charged with, or convicted of any felony or misdemeanor since your last renewal. I suppose it could wait until it's time for snoop to renew his/her license, it may be different elsewhere; at any rate snoop will need to check his/her own state Nurse Practice Act.

    As for 2 drinks not making a person an alcoholic: that may very well be true, but if I had a dollar for every time I've heard (or said) "I only had two drinks" I'd be a rich woman. Cops tend to be similarly cynical, and often will automatically assume the person in question has had at least twice that amount and probably more. I don't know if snoop really had only two drinks or not, but you can't blame people for being suspicious.
  4. by   KMSRN
    I would get a good lawyer before doing anything. Your life and livelihood are at stake.
  5. by   Todd SPN
    Originally posted by mjlrn97
    In Oregon, we have to report ANY arrest/criminal charges, except of course for traffic infractions, to the BON. It doesn't matter if you're eventually convicted or not, they ask you on your license renewal form every 2 yrs. if you have been arrested, charged with, or convicted of any felony or misdemeanor since your last renewal.
    I find that most disturbing. Charges that are dropped or one is found innocent of should have no bearing on ones license. But then again, you live in OR. Isin't that the state that was throwing parents in jail because their children had excessive absences in school? I still see no reason to run to the phone and tattle on myself, especially until after running this through the courts.

    FYI, my state, WA, is now looking at some DUI tickets because the breathalyzers have not been checked for proper calibration for years. If you are going to charge someone with a serious offense such as this, you darn well better make sure the readings are correct.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    These days, to drive even after ONE drink is really taking chances. Why would anyone do this when cabs, friends, etc could do this for us??? I think it's high time we used some sense here.
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    ITA, Todd........I don't think it's right to hold an arrest against a person, innocent people are arrested everyday. (Convictions are another matter.) But that's the way my state's laws are written, and I wasn't happy when I had to disclose a long-ago arrest and misdemeanor conviction arising out of, of all things, a couple of traffic tickets I couldn't afford to pay. The state board didn't have a problem with it, though--I just explained the circumstances, and I received my license w/o further issues.

    A recent DUI is another matter, however, and snoop's state BON will probably want reassurance that such a thing won't happen again, and even more, that he or she will be responsible around controlled substances. What I've been trying to point out is, it's best to be honest; two years before I even started my nursing program, I asked the state BON if my history of alcoholism precluded me from being a nurse---figured I shouldn't waste my time or money if I was going to be denied a license in the end. The woman I spoke with asked me how long I'd been sober; at that time it was just over two years. She told me, "As long as that holds true, it will NEVER be an issue with us" and thanked me for being upfront about it.

    I should point out that I am NOT saying snoop is an alcoholic---only that he/she should carefully assess what has happened, and when the time comes to apply for a nursing license, he/she should be truthful about the DUI because they WILL find out about it. (Unless Oregon is the only state that does criminal background checks......)
  8. by   Todd SPN
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    These days, to drive even after ONE drink is really taking chances. Why would anyone do this when cabs, friends, etc could do this for us??? I think it's high time we used some sense here.
    I learned in class that alcohol does something to the CNS which might have some bearing on it.
  9. by   traumaRUs
    I'm an ER nurse and I also volunteer pre-hospital...drinking ANYTHING in ANY amount doesn't mix with driving. I too have problems with people that drink and drive. Personally, I don't care if you have a drinking problem or not, but if you use such poor judgement in your personal life, what about your professional life? I'm not being judgemental here at all, but a car in a drunk's hands is a weapon - fully 75% of our traumas are ETOH related. Good luck...maybe you should quit drinking??
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    CNS involvement???? hmmm ok....welp...

    So this is what ya do:

    You plan to go have a drink or two or three (or a keg for all I know)..... BUT BEFORE YA GO---- YOU MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR A RIDE HOME or a PLACE TO STAY or ya plan to walk, whatever it takes to avoid being behind the wheel with ANY alcohol in your system. I know a person who was busted on an Air Force base with having had only a single DRINK. (she was petite and likely had an empty stomach but felt "no impairment"). Never the less, it messed up her career ---it's a shame. But, you can't say from one day to the next how you will metabolize and tolerate certain beverages. So you don't take chances......



    What you DO do is, you make these decisions before the CNS is impaired!!!! How simple is that?
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Sep 9, '03
  11. by   Dayray
    I've never had a DUI but can imagine the embarrassment your going threw.
    Years ago I was given a ticket because my dog got lose , she didn't cause any damage or even scare anyone the dog catcher just happened to be in the neighborhood and asked the neibers who's dog she was. Anyway, for some reason (I cant remember now) I thought I could beat the ticket in court so I didn't pay it and meant to go to court. The date was several months off and I foolishly forgot all about it.

    Over a year later I was at home with my 5 year old daughter. I heard a knock at the door and opened it to a mini s.w.a.t. team with night sticks in hand and the hands on their holsters. They told me that because it was a weakened and the courthouse was closed I would have to be booked in jail and post bail to get out.

    I was very fortunate that they let me wait for my wife to get home or they would have sent my daughter to social services. they cuffed me in my front yard and I spent about 12 hours in jail. I don't have anything else on my record but every year I had to disclose and explain this to my school as well as on my application to the BON.

    I now also have to explain this to every employer (as they all do background checks) and I always get the feeling they don't believe my story.

    From now on I will just pay every ticket I get! and I guess you'll always remember to use a designated driver.

    live and learn. Don't beat yourself up about it just get all the info you need to protect your license and criminal record. I would defiantly hire a lawyer and inquire to the BON about attorneys registered to act at council in BON arbitrations. I would also think you could place a call to your BON without disclosing your name and ask them if you are required to report an arrest. As for the alcoholic question well I think you've heard enough on that subject so ill just leave it alone. Good luck
  12. by   Todd SPN
    And this was before the Patriot Act?
  13. by   Leah K.
    In the state of Indiana, anyone with a professional license is reportable to the licensing board, whether they are a doctor, atty, nurse, etc. It might be wise to contact an atty who specializes in protecting medical folks and look into a peer assistance program in your state before you contact the board...but DON'T WAIT TO DO IT!
    You might be given a provisional license to practice nursing where you are presently employed.
    Be proactive!!
    Good luck!
    Leah K.
    (south central IN)

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