Nurses if you have been charged or convicted of a DUI, OVI, or DWI and you have to renew your Ohio RN license, Indiana RN license, and/or Kentucky nursing license (RN or LPN) this year, consult with an attorney.
Schedule an appt. with a nurse license defense attorney to discuss your situation before you self-report to the Ohio, Kentucky, and/or Indiana State Nursing Boards. This isn't legal advice because you didn't pay me to say this its just plain common sense.
Why would you self-report "anything" to the State Nursing Board without speaking with a nurse license defense attorney? Okay, I know I am biased but really? Would you walk into a police station and "confess" and admit to committing a crime verbally and in writing? Probably not, so why do nurses self-report to the State Nursing Board when anyone and everyone including but not limited to Direct TV Service Technician to their friends tells them its the right thing to do. Its the good thing to do.
WTH, does that mean anyway? Save right vs. wrong for the 8 hour graduate level symposium on Ethics and Morality and Nursing's Social Policy Statement. Save good vs. evil for Sundays and you are welcome to join me at 8am service at a Baptist church.
You are not Luke Skywalker (actually Luke is here with me. My dog's name is Luke Skywalker and he uses the force on mommy) and the State Nursing Board or Alternative to Discipline Program in Ohio, ISNAP, or KARE does not represent the Dark Side of the Force. Let's turn it down a notch and focus on the issues.
1. You are a licensed nurse.
2. You were charged and/or convicted of a DUI, OVI, or DWI.
3. You may have been charged with other crimes along with the DUI, OVI, or DWI.
4. You are practicing as a nurse.
5. You are receiving more "helpful" advice from family, friends, foes, and strangers than a politician caught in a whorehouse.
Speak with a nurse license defense attorney about your situation. There are license defense attorneys in every state, see www.taana.org.
Don't fire off the 25 page handwritten letter to the Board (that you don't keep a copy of for your records) disclosing everything you have done right vs. wrong and good vs. evil since the 6th grade.
You need advice and counseling and maybe representation. This is the role of a state licensed attorney just like its the role of state licensed nurse to provide nursing care. Don't bootleg it!
I offer 40 minute legal consultations for nurses with licensure renewal issues. You can pay for and schedule the legal consultation online. This is for nurses licensed in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. I am licensed to practice law in these states only.
Also, a nurse emailed me this weekend and inquired whether I could obtain a license in State C and represent the nurse. The State Nursing Board applications for licensure pale in comparison to the Attorney Licensing Applications and the Character & Fitness Interviews. The Bar Applications make you cry like you are running a 10 mile marathon in a size 5 pump and you wear a size 10, in gym shoes. Yes, we have to interview!!!!
I have NO plans to sit for another bar examination or regurgitate every speeding ticket since age 16, discuss my credit report and score and why I was late 30 days late paying my Spiegel's charge 20 years ago (I loved Spiegels), and disclose every civil, criminal, administrative matter, case, issue, or thought or anything remotely legal (this includes purchasing a hotdog at the food stand next to the court house) and not to mention mental health issues on a State Bar Application for Licensure as an Attorney.
When I say NO plans, I mean never ever neverland Peter Pan. Three Bar Exams, Three Bar Apps, Three Bar Charter & Fitness interviews, and Three times passing the Bar on the first try. I am stopping while I am ahead.
I am sure you have heard of Death by Meeting? Okay, I am writing an e-book titled DEATH by Evaluation and self-reporting is Chapter 1.
Why? Hell just from my posts on this blog, I am sure the Bar Examiners if I wanted to apply for a law license in another state would want a psychiatric evaluation (forensic nonetheless) and maybe a fitness for duty (I am sure my employer would not object:) not to mention maybe a chemical dependency evaluation because of my references to Long Island Iced Tea, Moscato, Bartles & James wine coolers (traditional, berry, or strawberry), Miller Lite and Miller Genuine Draft vs. Bud Light vs. Keystone Light (hint: only if your money "ain't" right this week) and my fav, Martini & Ross Asti Spumante over the years. Also I have lost 35 pounds since November 2010 so they may want a medical evaluation or a return-to-work evaluation (before I can step foot in my home office or my traditional office) as well. After speaking with one or more of my clients, they may also want a behavioral examination.
Okay, I am just kidding here but you get my point about self-reporting without obtaining objective advice and counseling, right?
Oh, snap, the link for the License Renewal Application consultations:
The cost of a 45 minute legal consultation (conference call) for 2011 nursing license renewals in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana is $225.00.