Don't believe the hype and what you hear on the online nursing boards, forums, and chatrooms. Multiple OVIs, DUIs, and/or DWIs can impact your nursing license. See Download DUIsmultipleandOhioNursingBoard
This nurse was convicted of OVI in Jan. 2004, July 2004, and June 2006 and therefore his/her subsequent conviction in Feb. 2010 was a fourth degree FELONY (3 prior convictions in 6 years. This is a new law in Ohio).
Did you know most states have laws where multiple DUIs convictions in a certain time period result in a felony conviction?
The Ohio Board of Nursing issued a Notice of Opportunity for a Hearing at the May 21, 2010 Board meeting against this nurse.
I am going to profile actual cases before the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Nursing Board (redacting names and case information because its not necessary for this educational exercise) from time to time for my readers so you can see first hand how the State Nursing Boards review and adjudicate these cases.
What should you take from this case?
1. If you are charged with a DUI, OVI, or DWI, retain a criminal defense attorney and speak with a nurse license defense attorney.
2. If you have multiple DUIs, OVIs, or DWIs in the past and you are charged with another DUI, OVI, or DWI, retain a criminal defense attorney and retain a nurse license defense ASAP, like yesterday.
3. Criminal matters turn to licensure matters turn to employment matters for nurses. Hire an experienced nurse license defense attorney to assist you going forward. There is only so much "information" you can obtain online on blogs, websites, chatrooms, boards, and forums and this is NO SUBSTITUTE for the real "thang", i.e. retaining your own nurse license defense attorney to represent, counsel, and advise you before the State Nursing Board.