This has been an interesting year already. I have received three phone inquiries from nurses about DUI charges and its nursing licensure impact.
A RN in Cincinnati, Ohio was sentenced to 6 years in prison this week (the article appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer) for a car crash that left one dead and another seriously injured. Her blood alcohol level was twice the legally permissible level.
Do not drive intoxicated! If you have a few drinks (beer, shots, wine, etc.) then have someone drive. Don't drive. Catch a cab or have a friend or family member pick you up. You may not think you are drunk but don't take that chance.
In the end the extra effort can save lives, your employment, and your nursing license. Also when a licensed professional is charged with a crime, the headlines say: Nurse Charged with DUI, Lawyer Charged with Theft Crimes, Teached Indicted for Misconduct, etc.
Whether or not you have to report a DUI conviction depends on the state(s) where you are licensed. If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI, contact a licensure defense attorney associated with The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) for a consultation. See www.taana.org.