I don't want to spend too much time explaining my DUI because I'm afraid that comes off as making excuses. Please know it is the biggest regret of my life and I fully understand how deeply I may have impacted my life and the lives of others the time I decided to drive drunk. I take full responsibility. I own it. But it is in the past now.
The event occurred out of state and has never shown up on any of the 5 background checks my school has conducted. It occurred in February 2017. I applied in May 2017. Convicted July 2017. Accepted in October 2017. Began January 2018. Graduating August 2019.
From what I've read, I need to obtain documents in sealed envelopes to present to the board. I do not understand if this is before or after I apply for NCLEX.
I'm not sure who to go to first for guidance during this process. I normally would go to one of my instructors, but I fear otherwise avoidable judgment or even punishment.
If you are wondering, I've completed all requirements including Drug & Alcohol classes, 72 hours of community service, 18 months probation, all fines and fees are paid. I live in South Carolina, my license was never revoked (just driving privileges in the state it occurred in).
A misdemeanor DUI is the only conviction or arrest I've ever had. Never even a traffic ticket.
I'm just wondering what did you guys do? Who did you tell? Who did you tell first? Who guided you through the process? I don't know if I should go to the BUN, an instructor, or even try to get in touch with my (insane) lawyer from way back then.
The assignment this week for one of my classes is to apply for the NCLEX and I just feel a little stuck on how to go about that. Any personal stories on the process of doing this are greatly appreciated. I'm trying to balance my transparency with my reputation and just don't want to tell someone I don't need to about this.
Thank you in advance!