So I recently graduated from nursing school. About 6 months before graduation I was arrested for a DUI. Moreover, in 2016 I had multiple arrests for disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana. After my most recent arrest I figured I was screwed. I desperately sought out answers on whether I would be able to test and if so what would happen to me.
I hired a nursing license attorney right after my arrest because I knew I would have to submit a positive response to the board when applying to take my NCLEX. He had me do certain things ucb as get references, get a hair screen, get letters from my counselor and get a substance abuse evaluation. I did all of these things.
Fast forward, I recently just got finished with my board appearance to answer my positive responses. I was given approval with NO probation and NO referral to my states drug and alcohol program.
I am writing this to comfort fellow nursing students who may be worried about being able to test after having a criminal background. Yes, you will be able to test. I had four arrests (most drug or alcohol related) and I was able to test free and clear. My advice is to hire an attorney. It was the best decision I made. If you have to take out a loan. Do it! You need an attorney. There was a person that had an appearance right before me who had a DUI. This was her only charge. She did not have a lawyer and was given probation and a referral to the monitoring program. I am willing to answer anyone's questions.
If you are a student who has gotten in trouble, know that you will be OK and you will be able to test.