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I have DUIs on my past record.

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by Domino2019 Domino2019 (New Member) New Member

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Hello everyone! 

I have a question and who better to ask than you in the community? It has always been my dream to of service to others and impact the world. When I was younger I always got good grades, even graduating early in high school and starting college early. While in college, I was sexually assaulted and dropped out. 

As I got older I met a man who would become my daughter's father.  He was abusive and when I tried to break it off, he locked me in his apartment and sexually assaulted me. As I tried to leave, he grabbed my dog by the neck and threated to choke her. I waited until he fell asleep to call my parents who drove 8 hours at night to get me from the house. It was later that I found out I was pregnant.  

He would stalk me, harass me and threaten me. I had to get a restraining order which the judge actually extended to a 5 year term. He disappeared for a year and when he showed up caused total havoc in our lives. He threatened to take my child, kill me and took me to court 18 times. Finally it was ordered if he wanted to take me back he would have to pay attorney fees in the future. 

During this time, I was completely distracted from my schooling. I am a great mom but I have definitely made mistakes. During that process I was unable to get the counseling I need as my insurance would only cover limited sessions. My daughter is with me full time and she would spend one night with her grandparents every other weekend to spend time as well. During those times in would drink wine (I never drank around my daughter) and in my stupidity i left to go to the store and got a DUI. A year later I got a another one.

I am proud to sai I was able to get the counseling I needed for the trauma I experienced. I attended DV support groups, AA 3 times a week, alcohol treatment for a year, therapeutic and counseling sessions and completed my DUI program. While he is still kn and out of her life, I have the coping skills and am now am empowered woman. Back to my true self and the woman I was before. 

I want to change lives and inspire others and show that it is possible to overcome hardships and make positive changes. I returned to.school and am getting ready apply for nursing school.

My question is, if I can provide proof of treatment, show letters of recommendations, explain my story and show my growth as a woman do you think they will accept me? I am asking for an opportunity to achieve my dreams and show other women that they can too.

 

Thank you and God Bless

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Dang. I am in near the same position, so my two cents is limited to my experience. What I did was first was checked with my state board of nursing, to see if my convictions will prohibit me from getting a license. Next, I talked to the nursing schools near me to see what their individual policies are. I live smack dab in the middle of a bunch of nursing schools and they all have different policies -- ranging from not being able to apply with ANY convictions, to needing to complete probation first, to a school that doesn't even want to know unless it's a felony. At this point, I've found schools willing to take me if I can get cleared for the individual clinical sites -- can't complete any programs without clinical experiences. 

Be prepared to explain your convictions. And if you do decide to persue nursing, remember that you're already starting at a disadvantage. You'll want to make yourself look amazing in every other way; high marks on perquisites, volunteer or cna experience. Anything to give you an edge will help.

Wish me luck and I will do the same for you!!

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morbidlycurious....

Thank you for your insight. My next step is to speak with all the nursing counselors at all programs in my area. I see I was only focusing on the closest 3 but will expand my search. I did speak with the Board and they told me they look at applicants on a case-by-case basis. 

Good luck to you as well and keep me posted on your progress. :-)

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN and works as a Med-Surg.

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I'm sorry if you already stated this, but how long since this all happened? I think you stand a very good chance with being able to produce what you have already done. Keep in mind though, the powers that be tend to view DUIs as an extreme manifestation of behaviors of the disease of alcoholism. They don't always see it as a 'one off,' never to happen again type thing. They may ask you what you are doing for your 'disease' now, to make sure it never happens again?

Do I believe it's possible to make a mistake and never do it again? Absolutely! But, I don't matter.

Test the waters, do some information gathering with your state's BON also. Because that can be where new nurses get hung up. They will make it through college, only to be stopped at the NCLEX testing point and get a referral. If that happens you'll be faced with the possibility of monitoring. Although, I'm hoping that since this involved alcohol and it didn't happen while you were in nursing school, or as a nurse, that you may be able to get by. The problems always present when the law becomes involved. THAT is when others tend to view alcohol and substance abuse as more than just recreational.

Best of luck! Be sure to come back and let the community know what you discover and how you fare. It helps everyone who may be facing similar struggles but are too afraid to post a question.

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not.done.yet has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a Professional Development Specialist.

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Sometimes this sort of conviction can be overcome when it comes to getting a nursing license and sometimes not. I have seen people get all the way through nursing school, graduate with the degree and the licensing body declining to let them take the NCLEX. Hard place to be in for a degree that is worthless without the license. Only you can decide if this is worth the risk. There are a lot of other careers that will let you help people that won't have you wondering all the way through school whether you are wasting time and money.

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I'm hoping that will be the case for me. By the time I apply it will have been 3 years past. I'm also going to an expungement clinic this weekend to speak with lawyers about cases my record expunged. 

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN and works as a Med-Surg.

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7 hours ago, Domino2019 said:

I'm hoping that will be the case for me. By the time I apply it will have been 3 years past. I'm also going to an expungement clinic this weekend to speak with lawyers about cases my record expunged. 

Three years is still pretty recent. But, if you are younger(ish), there's really not a lot you can do about the time you've spent on earth. Hopefully they will see it as a foolish mistake of youth. Good luck!

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