DUI And Its Impact On Your Nursing License
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If you’ve been convicted of a DUI, your nursing license could be in jeopardy. In Oregon, when you’re applying for a nursing license or renewing a nursing license, you need to report all arrests and convictions, even if they occurred in another state.
These criminal charges and convictions include misdemeanors and felonies, and the only exception is minor traffic violations. DUIs, however, aren’t considered minor traffic violations.
As part of the nursing application and renewal process, the OSBN (Oregon State Board Of Nursing) conducts a criminal background check, which includes reports of DUIs.
A DUI doesn’t automatically disqualify you, because the board handles all applications and renewals on a case by case basis. The board weighs a number of factors, including when the DUI occurred, the severity of the DUI, and whether you’ve completed rehab.
If your nursing application or renewal is denied by the board of nursing, you have the right to appeal, and we can help you with that appeal.
Please note: Our law firm is in Portland, Oregon, and we help nurses in Oregon, Washington, and Texas with professional license defense issues, including not only DUIs, but also criminal charges and substance abuse.
Kevin Keaney is an attorney who helps nurses defend their license in Texas, as well as Oregon and Washington.