A review of the Texas Board of Nursing’s disciplinary actions recently shed light on common problems impacting nurses in the state. Perhaps you’ve heard of a nurse losing their licenses for prescription theft or drug addiction, but what has been less apparent is the high number of nurses losing their licenses over DWI convictions.
Of the 300,000 licensed and registered nurses in the state, about 1,500 nurses are reproached every year for violating the ethical terms of their license. While this is a relatively small number, more than a third of these cases regard alcohol abuse.
A DWI arrest can lead to countless questions and concerns for anyone impacted and, as a nurse, finding trustworthy answers to these questions is especially critical. This is because, as evidenced by the Board of Nursing’s disciplinary actions, a drunk driving conviction can jeopardize a nurse’s livelihood and financial stability.
While the Board of Nursing does not usually take action against a single DWI, a repeat offense may warrant disciplinary actions. A felony DWI can result in a revoked license while any level of offense can result in fines, probation, and other criminal sanctions.
Given these great risks, it is advised to seek the help of a Texas attorney. An experienced attorney can review the risks of a situation to determine a course of action right for their client and will work with the goal of having the charges completely cleared.