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Can I lose my professional nursing license for a DUI?

Nursing is more than a career. It is a calling. It includes patience, long hours and more dedication than most people could muster.

Getting your license is something you work hard to achieve and maintain so that you can support the people who need you. Facing drunk driving charges can feel like everything you worked for is threatened.

Here’s what you should know about the impact a DUI can have on your nursing license.

Dealing with your charges

When facing drunk driving charges, it is essential to deal with them early and with support as soon as possible. The longer you try to face them on your own, the more complex it can be to challenge the charge.

Talking to the Board of Nursing

Regardless of the result of the charges, it is still possible to maintain your nursing license. While you will need to go through a lengthy process with the Board of Nursing (BON), a drunk driving charge does not automatically mean you will lose your license. However, drunk driving charges are something the BON takes very seriously. There are cases where nurses have lost their license from a DUI.

The process with the Board of Nursing can feel intimidating, and it is vital to have support from a skilled attorney who can help you through the process. In many cases, they will want to establish that drinking and driving is not a chronic problem and that you will still be able to carry out your professional duties. They may also require you to go through some evaluations to determine whether you should keep your license.

Drunk driving charges can have a serious impact on your life and career. It is essential to get skilled support to help you with the process.