Fill out your new career PROfile on and let employers come to you • SIGN UP

What should an RN with several DUI convictions do if he/she has completed a state assistance program but not reported offenses to BON?


Dear Nancy,

I have had several DUI arrests and convictions, all of which were misdemeanors. I self-reported to the Oklahoma PEER assistance program and successfully completed it. I have been sober for three years. The problem is I have never reported these offenses to the board as self-reporters to PEER don’t get involved with the board. I know this is a violation, but I am terrified they will suspend or revoke my license. I am completing my MSN now and I’d really hate to lose my license, but I know it is wrong that I didn’t report it when renewing my license.


Dear Sam,

It is a little unclear what you are asking in your question. Although you stated that self-reporters to PEER “don’t get involved with the board of nursing,” you feel you did not do the right thing by not reporting your PEER involvement to the board. Where does this concern come from? You may or may not have a duty to report your PEER involvement to the board. Does your nurse practice act require you to report a successful completion of the PEER program to the board? Or if completed successfully, is a reporting not required, which is the case in many states?

Also at issue is what question it was on your renewal that triggered this concern for you. Was there a specific question about PEER involvement? Or, was the question or questions focused on any alcohol or drug treatment?

You need to consult with a nurse attorney or other attorney in your state who can provide you with specific advice about the above questions and statement and what your next course of action should be. Although it is important to report information to the board that is required to be reported, in your situation there may be a mitigating factor that caused you to believe that a reporting was not necessary. If so, a suspension or revocation would not be necessarily the discipline imposed, if any discipline were to be decided by the board. Only your attorney can help you resolve this issue. Seek specific advice as soon as you can.



About Author

Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is an attorney in private practice in Wilmette, Ill. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal or any other advice. The reader is encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney or other professional when an opinion is needed.

Leave A Reply