Should I report a DUI to the BON?

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Dear Nancy,

Last year I was arrested for my first DUI. I went to court and pleaded guilty so that I could get court supervision. I am still serving my court supervision. As long as I don’t violate my court supervision sentence, which I don’t intend to, I will not be convicted of the DUI.

I was sentenced to get an alcohol evaluation, and I was evaluated as minimal risk and completed any court-ordered education. My DUI counselor, knowing that I was an RN, said it would not affect my work. So I never reported it to the Board of Nursing or my employer because I was under the impression it was not necessary. I am concerned about whether or not that was the right thing to do. I was researching graduate programs and am worried about what will come up on my background check and how it will affect me getting into a graduate program. Should I report it to the BON and employer even a year later?


Dear Stella,

Good for you for working with your treatment plan and successfully completing it. Insofar as whether you should contact your state board of nursing and your employer, you should contact a nurse attorney or attorney in your state who can advise you about this.

Be certain to take all your documents concerning your DUI, court appearances and your treatment with you to the appointment. The attorney will be able to evaluate the exact nature of your treatment and statutes under which you were convicted.

It is important for you as a nurse licensee to remember that although you may be given advice about something affecting or not affecting your practice, you must make a decision based on your state nurse practice act and its requirements. Obtaining legal advice when unsure of a reporting requirement will help place you in the best position to report or not report to the board.

Cordially, Nancy


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About the Author:

Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN
Our legal information columnist Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN, received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and concentrates her solo law practice in health law and legal representation, consultation and education for healthcare professionals, school of nursing faculty and healthcare delivery facilities. Brent has conducted many seminars on legal issues in nursing and healthcare delivery across the country and has published extensively in the area of law and nursing practice. She brings more than 30 years of experience to her role of legal information columnist. Her posts are designed for educational purposes only and are not to be taken as specific legal or other advice. Individuals who need advice on a specific incident or work situation should contact a nurse attorney or attorney in their state. Visit The American Association of Nurse Attorneys website to search its attorney referral database by state.


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    Devin Johnson April 25, 2017 at 3:11 am - Reply

    I received my 2nd DUI 1st as a nurse any advice

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      Nicole December 6, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      Devin what state are you from and what was the outcome?

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    Laura December 7, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I received my first owi in Wisconsin in November. I am currently working as a nurse and I am unsure as whether I am supposed to report it or not.

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    Mary Morgan January 18, 2018 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    I was just arrested for dui and am not sure how to report this to indiana board of nursing. This is the first time I have ever been in trouble. I have been a nurse for 34 years. What do I do?

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    Ashley July 5, 2020 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Does a nurse have to report the charge or only the conviction of a plea is not met.

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