If you are one of the many people who has entered the field of nursing in Ohio, you know that your chosen profession is one of great need by many people. The care you provide to your patients and to their family members can go a long way in making a difference in their lives. You also know that you are held to a high standard of conduct, in part due to the very personal nature of your work. When you experience a minor indiscretion in your personal life, you will want to understand how it may impact your professional life and how you can protect that part of your life. One such indiscretion may be a charge of drunk driving.
As explained by RegisteredNursing.org, there are really two types of consequences you will need to be prepared for after an arrest for suspected driving under the influence. One of these is any punishment by the Ohio State Board of Nursing. There may not be any standard set of consequences here as these boards may well evaluate your past as well as the specific circumstances surrounding your arrest. How they learned about the DUI may also factor into their decisions about your professional license.
Criminal charges and penalties are another outcome to navigate. You may be able to participate in a pre-trial diversion program and this may also impact your professional outcome.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to provide nursing professionals in Ohio with an overview of some things they should know about their opportunity to work after a drunk driving arrest.