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“Luckily, Neilson Place ended up hiring me,” she said.
That facility, a nursing home in Bemidji, took Idovich on in February 2011, at least her seventh nursing job in 12 years.
In September of that year, she was discharged from the state monitoring program for noncompliance after submitting three untestable drug screens. She denied drinking while under state monitoring.
In January 2012, Idovich said the Nursing Board told her she would be able to keep her license, but then in April 2012 she was charged with her fifth DWI, a felony.
She pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 180 days in jail. In December 2012, the board suspended her license, for the first time indicating that they knew her full history of job losses and alcohol abuse.
“If you get a DWI, the board will take every action to help you keep your license,” she said. “But if you get a felony one, it’s different.”
Since then, Idovich said, she has worked at a grocery store and cleaned hotel rooms. She said she wanted to be a nurse assistant, but the felony DWI disqualified her from providing direct care.
She said she’s a good nurse who put her patients first, and is continually working to stay sober, including attending Alcoholics Anonymous once a week. Idovich is now eligible to petition to get her license back, which she said she plans to do.
Brandon Stahl • 612-673-4626