Your CORI will be available to the licensing board if the OUI was in MA. You should ask someone at the licensing agency or visit their website concerning criminal charges and disqualification.
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Section 74 of Chapter 112 of the Massachusetts General Laws (available on line) provides in part that an applicant must be "of good moral character"; the section also provides for the annulment of the registration of a nurse "who has been found guilty of a felony". OUI Drugs (first or second offense) is a misdemeanor, not a felony. If seven years have gone by and you have been drug free and you have no other violations of the law, that one prior DWI Drugs should not disqualify you from becoming a registered nurse. There are thousands of nurses in Massachusetts who have convictions for DWI Liquor and some who have convictions for DWI Drugs. You should be able to show that you are NOW a person "of good moral character". You absolutely should go ahead with your application. We have represented many nurses in your situation. You may want to read up on the SARP (Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program) that is used by the Board of Registration to help nurses with substance abuse issues. Good Luck!!
Attorney Robert D. Lewin
LEWIN & LEWIN, ATTORNEYS
Offices in Malden, MA and Andover, MA
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