Hi, I'm a California nurse with 2 felony counts of Trafficking heroin with other various offenses, DUI, Fugitive from justice, Receiving and Concealing stolen property over 100.00 to mention a few. These stemmed back to 1984. I graduated nursing school in December 2005 with no probation and/or any stipulations on my licensure. I did go to rehab for 3.5 years and successfully completed a program in San Francisco, with court ordered probation of 5 years. It can be done given the length of time and a focused goal. I believe what happened to me made me a successful and passionate nurse, increasing my ability to empathize with select patient cases. I currently work in a Psychiatric treatment facility where most clientele have had some form of drug abuse and deep rooted psychosocial problems. Don't cut yourself short because of a checkered past, most of the time the best nurses are the ones who have had a problematic upbringing that deliver the best treatment. Simply because we know how it really feels. Today, I received my Arkansas state licensure to practice with no stipulations attached. Remember, the ones that talk behind your back, are behind you for a reason.............Peace, and happy nursing to you.