Prospective Nursing Student With DWI (TX)

Nurses Criminal


Hi, so in 2021 I was arrested for a DWI. I don't know my exact BAC yet, but I know it was below a .15 because I was offered pre-trial diversion which means by the time I am applying to the BON for a declaratory order I will have a dismissed DWI charge on my record. The caveat is that I did crash my car into a curb which is listed in the arresting report as "city property.” I have spoken to an attorney, but I couldn't get a grasp of what my chances really are of being approved by the BON. I am not a usual drinker, and the depression and humiliation of this incident has made me sure I will never repeat my mistake again. My question is does anyone else have experience with the TX BON, and what are my real odds of getting a nursing license? Also will schools accept me with what at that point will be a 3-year-old DWI? I have a 4.0 in pre reqs and a 3.79 overall from my first bachelors degree. Thanks for any feedback. 

Specializes in RN, LVN, NCMA.

You can still apply just don't lie on your application if you've been convicted say so when asked. I had a DWI in 2006 and was licensed In nursing 2013. Don't give up!  All they do is ask for paperwork. You'll still pass background with it. 

Specializes in Oceanfront Living.

The fact that your charge will show DWI dismissed will go a long way in your favor.  The school will accept you.  However, your concerns will be clinical site acceptance, ATT, and granting of licensure.

I worked for the BON in another state.  Just be upfront about everything and when you give your written statement, PLEASE be brief and to the point.

Best of luck.

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