No. I believe the application asks if you have any criminal convictions. You must disclose the OVI in the renewal application if that is the case. If it only asks for felony convictions you are okay with not disclosing but if I remember correctly it asks for all convictions. There are some good attorneys who practice in front of the nursing board. I suggest contacting one of them. Good luck.
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The short answer, unfortunately, is NO, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HIDE THESE CONVICTIONS FROM A LICENSING BOARD. Although I have not seen the official application to renew nursing license in some time, I am fairly certain that it is specific about arrests and convictions. Naturally, if you try to hide it, you are engaging in another form of bad conduct - lying or cheating. So if you tell the truth, which you must do, you will be denied. If you lie, you will be denied when they find out.
I would strongly suggest that you contact the Board and try to get admitted to The Alternative Program instead. They help nurses who have chemical dependency issues, and you might qualify for that. Doing it that way just might help save your license, which would save your career and maybe even your life. I am not trying to be judgmental, just give you another idea.
I wish you the best of luck in your situation and future.
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The Ohio Board of Nursing requirements are clear. You must disclose these alcohol-related convictions. Lack of injury is not relevent. Further, these are serious problems. You have a definite possibility of losing your license. There are some experienced lawyers in Columbus who can represent you. You need to hire one quickly so this person can begin work ASAP.
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