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How a DUI can affect your nursing career

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2022 | DUI/DWI |

If you’re a nurse in Florida, you’ve worked hard to get where you are today, and you don’t want anything to jeopardize your career. Being arrested for driving under the influence can do just that.

A DUI arrest is serious business and there are potentially extra consequences if you’re a nurse. The choices you make after getting a DUI can have major ramifications in both your personal and professional life.

General consequences

First of all, a DUI carries significant legal consequences, subject to both state law and the statutes of your local jurisdiction. You would certainly face fines, and may also risk jail time or community service, as well as the possibility of mandated Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous meetings or other counseling.

You could also lose your license, and the police may impound your vehicle. And your legal troubles would be considerably more severe if your DUI involves injury or death for another party.

Nursing-specific consequences

Being a nurse, you are certified by the state nursing board. The board will rule on your status should you receive a DUI, and a variety of disciplinary actions are possible.

You could face probation, or your license could be suspended or revoked. You may also be forced to be supervised while working, should you keep your license. Employers are also allowed to discipline or even fire you for a DUI.

When making its decision, the nursing board will consider the circumstances of your case. Factors will include whether you’ve previously had DUIs, whether the DUI led to injury or death and whether you can present a case for how you’ll prevent any future DUI arrests.

A DUI is a major problem for anyone, and this is even truer if you’re a nurse. The best policy is to keep yourself out of situations that could lead to a DUI, but if you receive one, understanding your options and the best course of action is crucial.