“I got arrested for a DUI. What will happen to my nursing license?”
At The McShane Firm, we represent a lot of professionals who need to protect their careers. People who can’t afford to get a DUI- hire The McShane Firm. For a free consultation, call us now at (717) 657-3900.
What happens to your nursing license really depends on your disciplinary and criminal history as well as a number of procedures which need to be followed. Nurses are required to report criminal offenses such as DUI. This applies to professional nurses, practical nurses and licensed dietitian-nutritionists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
According to the bulletin, (you can read the full document at http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol45/45-42/1827.html ) which is in effect as of October 17, 2015, nurses must:
(a) Notify the Board of pending criminal charges within 30 days of the filing of the criminal charges or on the biennial renewal application, whichever is sooner.
(b) Notify the Board of a criminal conviction, plea of guilty or nolo contendere, or an admission into a probation without verdict or accelerated rehabilitative disposition program within 30 days of the disposition or on the biennial renewal application, whichever is sooner.
(c) Notify the Board of disciplinary action in the nature of a final order taken against the registered nurse by the licensing authority of another state, territory or country within 90 days of receiving notice of the disciplinary action, or on the biennial renewal application, whichever is sooner.
If you are a nurse in Pennsylvania and have been charged with a crime, it is in your best interest to get professional legal help. This is especially true if the offense is a:
- DUID (driving under the influence of drugs)
- Charge related to prescription medication
- Drug charge (drug possession or a small amount of marijuana)
Depending on the crime and your previous history, you may have your license revoked. With your career on the line, call us. We have helped many people who were facing similar circumstances.
For a free consultation please call (717) 657-3900.