New nurse with big legal concerns

  1. Hi
    I am soon to be a new grad. I will finish with my ASN in May 05 (if the good Lord is willing.) It has been quite the journey these last 2-1/2 years. Any tips on applying for a license in Georgia if you have several misdemeanors (no felonies) on your record. I have eight convictions. 4-DUI and 4-shoplifting charges. I am an alcoholic in recovery and have been sober since 1998. I know I can be a good nurse and help someone. I have quite a story. However, I also have a past that haunts me and I fear it could shut some doors for me. I pursued nursing school knowing this would be an issue one day. Now, that the time has come, I am concerned. Nursing school has been no easy endeavor (as I am sure everyone knows!) Anyone out there with any knowledge about legal problems? Someone said I will have to go before a Review Board. Am I foolish to think the State might issue me a license? :imbar
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  3. by   NHNurseMan
    I would recommend you first speak to one of your instructors, I like you have a bit of a history with the law, and was quite concerned about the possibility of having difficulties getting a job. I too am in recovery and my sponsor told that the only thing I had to do was be honest and straight forward. I asked around and basically it comes down to what the state requires. Were I you, after speaking with your instructor, I would get in touch with the state board and tell them your story. Also I would contact any state you may be considering moving to. Remember "Take It Easy" and "One Day At A Time" has apparently worked for you thus far, there is no reason to think it won't in this situation.
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    Hi
    I am soon to be a new grad. I will finish with my ASN in May 05 (if the good Lord is willing.) It has been quite the journey these last 2-1/2 years. Any tips on applying for a license in Georgia if you have several misdemeanors (no felonies) on your record. I have eight convictions. 4-DUI and 4-shoplifting charges. I am an alcoholic in recovery and have been sober since 1998. I know I can be a good nurse and help someone. I have quite a story. However, I also have a past that haunts me and I fear it could shut some doors for me. I pursued nursing school knowing this would be an issue one day. Now, that the time has come, I am concerned. Nursing school has been no easy endeavor (as I am sure everyone knows!) Anyone out there with any knowledge about legal problems? Someone said I will have to go before a Review Board. Am I foolish to think the State might issue me a license? :imbar
  4. by   lyngrayasn
    Quote from NHNurseMan
    I would recommend you first speak to one of your instructors, I like you have a bit of a history with the law, and was quite concerned about the possibility of having difficulties getting a job. I too am in recovery and my sponsor told that the only thing I had to do was be honest and straight forward. I asked around and basically it comes down to what the state requires. Were I you, after speaking with your instructor, I would get in touch with the state board and tell them your story. Also I would contact any state you may be considering moving to. Remember "Take It Easy" and "One Day At A Time" has apparently worked for you thus far, there is no reason to think it won't in this situation.
    Thanks so much for the vote of confidence. I must have needed to hear from you or I would not have felt the need to put all my personal garbage out there. Thanks again....

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