There are numerous ways nurses can lose their licenses. Some of the most common include fraud, going into work impaired or failing to keep the nursing board informed of your current address. However, nurses may also face serious consequences from a career perspective if a judge finds them guilty of operating a vehicle impaired.
There are already numerous consequences on the table for an OVI conviction, including hefty fines and jail time. Some people will face challenges in their career after an OVI conviction because they will most likely lose their driver's licenses, preventing them from getting to work. However, you may lose your ability to perform your job entirely if you are a nurse.
Report the OVI to the nursing board
You will need to inform the nursing board you have an affiliation with when you receive an OVI. The best way to go about doing this is to hire an OVI attorney to report the incident to the nursing board on your behalf. It is good to bring a lawyer onboard as soon as possible so that you can maintain open lines of communication with the board from the start. This also increases your chances of attaining a more favorable outcome.
Lose your job under certain circumstances
An OVI is not grounds for automatic removal of license. However, it can make getting a new job difficult in the future because an OVI offense will be on your record. Ultimately, the board will need to decide if this incident means you are unfit to carry out the duties of a nurse going forward. This will require the board to take into consideration other circumstances surrounding the OVI, such as whether the nurse injured anyone while intoxicated. You will most likely need to meet with the board for an interview to talk about what happened and why you should continue to work in this field.