This is not legal advice, but if the DUI is w/out complications such as a wreck, and is first offense, I would get a lawyer (thru your malpractice carrier, usually $10,000 coverage ) and go before the Board. Probation due to a DUI, to me, is better than going into a diversion program, if diversion is not what you have done. That being said, might be good to start AA meetings NOW. On probation you will probably be randomly tested for alcohol. Giving up alcohol is much easier than giving up your job and seniority and be "labeled" as a drug diverter, especially w/ 25 yrs on the job...
Whatever that state is, the BON is really aggressive for a first time "offender". Unless you have had legal/license issues before.
Good luck! It just shows again that as nurses we always have to remember that the Boards are holding our licenses in their hands.
I'm assuming the " I " in this case refers to influence of alcohol and NOT impairment by drugs. Yes I know alcohol is technically a drug, but there IS a difference, IMHO.
PS I wouldn't say ANYTHING to your employer until you have spoken to a lawyer. And also, it is usually a better bargain to find a lawyer in the same city as the Board. because you won't have to pay for their gas $$ and travel time. :)