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RN with Misdemeanor Drug Conviction

Hello, I am wondering if anyone can reassure me that I will be able to get my RN license in GA. I am currently starting my senior year of Nursing school, and am an honor student (I was chosen as student of the year at my school for 2008). I have a misdemeanor marijuana possession conviction from 13 years ago..I was young and stupid, and with the wrong crowd. I was accepted into nursing school and was told everything would probably be ok since the conviction was so many years ago. Of course my drug test was clean, and would be for any one who wanted to test me at any time. I can't help but worry that the state of GA will deny my application for licensure because of this...it is so embarassing...none of my classmates know and they would never believe it! Does anyone have any advice or insight? Georgia does not allow expungement of convictions of any type no matter how old, and I am stuck with this humiliating problem forever.

Jennifer


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223 Responses to “RN with Misdemeanor Drug Conviction”

  1. dave Says:

    J,

    Several general (likely helpful) thoughts:

    1. As I look at all the questions on the left hand side of this page, two stand out: DUI’s and misdemeanors from the past. Folks want to know if they’ll be dinged for current or past offenses.

    2. It’s clear that each State Board of Nursing is unique. Each does things a bit differently. So the only way to know the truth is to make a bunch a phone calls to your state board. Good luck, though, in getting them to return your phone calls.

    3. My guess is that you’re okay. I can’t base that on facts, other than these issues (DUI and past misdemeanors) are so murky. There are no clear guidelines that I’ve seen, anywhere.

    4. Here is my last, unproven thought: I can’t imagine that the databases of Georgia are that integrated. That is, that your misdemeanor from 13 years ago can be connected to your application for your license. Obviously, the data of your conviction exists somewhere, but I doubt that Georgia will pull up those records in the process of giving you your license.

    However, I would NOT lie about your misdemeanor. If at some point, you are ever asked on an application or some other form about past convictions, tell the truth. It’s better to deal with current reality than to live in the shadow of being found out.

    In short, I think you’re in good shape.

  2. melissa Says:

    Here are the Georgia Board of Nursing Guidelines as they pertain to violation of controlled substance. Here is what it says:

    “IV. Violation of the Controlled Substance Act/ Substance Related Disorders

    “The Board reviews any arrest related to a violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act with great concern. For example, an arrest for possession for marijuana or cocaine may cause the Board to suspect a substance abuse disorder and possible impairment of the ability to practice nursing with reasonable skill and safety. In such cases, the Board is authorized by law to order the applicant or licensee to submit to a mental/physical evaluation. The diagnosis of a substance related disorder could result in the Board denying licensure or in offering an applicant a Consent Order with a restricted license and probation. Such a diagnosis may also be the basis for license suspension or revocation.

    “Felony convictions involving controlled substances and marijuana result in mandatory suspension or revocation of an individualโ€™s license under O.C.G.A. ยง 16-13-111, as mentioned above. In all cases, the Board reviews the ability of the applicant to practice nursing safely.

    “The Georgia Board of Nursing has a long and extensive history of promoting programs for nurses in recovery. The primary responsibility of the Board is to protect the public, but the Board is also committed to promoting the welfare of nurses. There are multiple resources to assist faculty and students in obtaining treatment for substance abuse in Georgia. The Board of Nursing supports all programs for nurses in recovery, including the Georgia Nurse Advocate Program,
    supported by the Georgia Nurses Association (GNA).

    “The Nurse Advocate Program has support groups and Nurse Advocates in most regions of this state. The main number for GNA is 404-325-5536, ext. 100 or 1-800-324-0462.

    “The current Nurse Practice Act, law, and rules can be found at http://www.sos.state.ga.us/plb/rn

    Like Dave said, if the issue does come up, be upfront about your past problem, and don’t shy away from evaluation to demonstrate your current health and ability to care for patients.

    Best of luck.

    Melissa

  3. Jennifer Says:

    Thank you both so much. I will call the state board on Monday and post whatever I learn. I am praying that a 13 year old offense will mean that I will be allowed a license without having to go through the process of a mental/physical exam. At least I know that if I am required, they will find that I do not have any type of substance abuse disorder…and I will, hopefully, be allowed to pursue my dream of becoming an RN. At this point, I can hardly bear the thought of being denied, and I appreciate that you both took the time to help. Thank you!

  4. Mr Ian Says:

    People do things in younger years that does not mean they are always going to do them.
    (Ask anyone who had a mullet)

    You’ve been accepted by the nursing school seemingly in their full awareness of the misdemeanour.

    If the board holds a 13 year old slap on the wrist against you for one off possession of MJ then they are probably hypocrites.

  5. Jennifer Says:

    Just wanted to update you on what is happening. I called the GA Board of Nursing..they could only tell me to submit my application for review. Upset, I contacted the Nursing Director for my school. She reassured me that I would probably be ok, but might face a delay as the board reviewed my case. However, she urged me to contact an attorney again for help. The attorney advised me that I qualified for a pardon since my misdemeanor was so old! I have begun the proceedings, and am very hopeful! Thank you to all of you for helping to steer me in the right direction, and I will let you know how everything turns out.

  6. amyf5135 Says:

    I went through the same process of getting my nursing license with for a misdemeanor of providing alcohol to someone who was under the age of 21. I was barely 21 at the time and handed a beer to someone who was not 21 with some undercover officers around. My misdemeanor was much more current (about 3 years) from when I graduated nursing school. I had to submit my application for licensure and the Ohio Board of Nursing did do a more of a thorough job with my application…I had to submit a short essay describing my conviction along with a copy of my court records. From the point of passing the NCLEX, then submitting these extra papers I had my nursing license in less than two weeks! My tips…1-submit your application for licensure early then you can take care of any extras you need before you take the test. 2- I drove to my board of nursing to drop off the papers to ensure they would get them in a timely manner (I know this might not be realistic if you live far from your Board…) 3- BE PERSISTENT!!! I called the Board everyday to get updates. Good luck!

  7. Jennifer Says:

    Did you have any problems with employment after you got your license? Do hospitals automatically discard your application if you list a misdemeanor? Even if I am granted a pardon, I will still have to list my conviction. Thanks!!!

  8. amyf5135 Says:

    I did not have a problem with employment. I was a tech where I became a nurse but I had marked my conviction when I first applied.
    Just make sure you disclose everything!! I would contact the HR office of where you are applying to discuss their policies about misdemeanors and to tell them your story.
    The judge I had when I was convicted told me that if I did not have any other convictions within a year I could get my misdemeanor completely off my record. I haven’t done that because it would cost too much for an attorney but you might want to look into that too (if you haven’t already).
    Again, good luck and let me know what happens!

  9. Meghan Says:

    I think you got some good advice about this. I can only speak from what I’ve been tol by my school(a 2 year program in Texas), and they urge us to send in the forms to the BNE at the beginning of the program if we’ve had any kind of run-in with the law, no matter how long ago it was, (except maybe one routine traffic ticket..not a big deal, I guess), because they don’t want us wasting our time if we can’t get a license. I truly hope this isn’t the case for you, because I think life experiences can help people to become better nurses. The most important thing is to be honest with everything that happened and to do it before you get your license, because waiting to see if they figure it out after the fact looks like you are trying to hide something and that is really frown upon, and can result in getting your license revoked permanently (or with more expensive appeals necessary). I think I lawyer who specializes in this stuff (or maybe a faculty member who moonlights as a nurse legal consultant??) may be very helpful to you at this point. Good Luck!!!

  10. Bob Says:

    Shouldn’t it bother someone that old irrelevant crap is stirred up by people who should know better in this profession? If someone is a real criminal, that’s one matter, but a misdemeanor from 13 years ago should be totally forgotten as though it never happened. After all, where in the penalty for that misdemeanor was it stated that you would have to wear it for life like a cattle brand? Don’t own it, and if that becomes a problem, leave nursing for a profession that doesn’t try to stink up your life with irrelevant crap from the distant past. If you claim to be a criminal of any kind on one form, you’ll wind up having to do the same on every similar form from then on. There are enough narrow minded people in the population for that to cause you big problems.

  11. amyf5135 Says:

    I don’t think that not disclosing information is a good idea at all. I don’t know about anyone else but I had to submit a federal background check. If you don’t disclose your conviction and then something appears on your background check you can guarantee that you will have a hard time getting your license.
    I agree that those of us with one thing on our criminal record may not be considered “criminals” but we did do something wrong at one point. I had no problem getting hired or getting my license because I did admit to my wrongdoing in a professional, honest manner. My boss even made the comment “everyone makes mistakes. It’s ok.” You will find your misdemeanor will not be a cattle brand…just a little blip in the way.. as long as you are honest up front!

  12. Britney Says:

    I am 21 years old. I have a misdemeanor simple poss. charge of marjauna. And a Dui. they are probably about 2 to 3 years old now. I don’t blame anyone for this but myself. I wnat to go to nursing school to become a RN. I am a single mother of a great lil boy and I am trying to give him a good life but everytime i ask someone they say there is no use of trying. I live in North Carolina is there anyone that can give me some kind of advise?? PLEASE it would be so helpful.

  13. Alison Says:

    I’m 24, I just started a nursing program in Ga and I start clinicals and found out about the background stuff. I pulled my background, and stuff that was supposed to be exponged was not so I have a 2 misdeameanors for (one at 17 one at 18) a possesion of alcohol, one marijuana at 17 cases where dismissed, and last year I got a DUi, but go to court next month, most likely reduced to reckless driving. All of these charges will forever haunt me and I don’t know what to do?? should I stop before I get too deep?? It’s my dream to be a nurse, I just am so worried. Any advice??

  14. Katie Says:

    How can I get ahold of the Board of Nursing to see if my possession 7yrs ago will let me be eligiable for my licensing?

  15. Angela Says:

    What they told us during nursing school was that if there is anything that may show up on a background check to just be honest. Write a summary of what happened. It may not work, but they said that they state boards will be more willing to license someone who was honest about their mistakes than someone who hides it.

  16. Jennifer Says:

    I am happy to come back with the latest update on my situation…I was hired as a nurse extern in a great hospital!! Now that I am 6 months from graduating I jumped at the news that a nearby hospital was hiring nurse externs. There were only 5 positions offered, and 4 had already been taken. I arrived at my interview dressed in my best suit with my clinical skills checklist in hand, references, and resume…they hired me on the spot! I was honest about my misdemeanor conviction from 13 years ago, and the nurse recruiter felt that enough time had passed. I can’t tell you how grateful I am since the recruiter said I was chosen from a large pool of applicants. They ran my background check, did a drug test, called my previous employers, checked my references, and got my transcripts from school…very thorough. I start the orientation process soon, and can’t wait. Not only will I gain valuable experience in many different areas of nursing throughout the hospital, but I have my foot in the door for when I actually graduate and pass the NCLEX exam. My only looming obstacle is being approved by the state nursing board, but I am hopeful that they, too, will grant licensure. I will let you all know when the time comes…best of luck to all of you, and I hope my story gives you hope!

  17. kelly bell Says:

    I’m in my last semester of Nursing school, wondering what is going to happen. I didn’t know this at the time time, but.. This is my situation. In 2004 I was arrested for a small amount of MJ, I went on a first time offenders program, completed it successfully, with random and monthly drug screenings, community service, and counseling, as set forth by my probation. At the end of the probation, The case was dismissed against me, and I do not have a criminal record, What I do have I suppose, Is a arrest record that will show up on the NCIC database. I can’t have this expunged until 2014. It must be ten years, and even then with no case there is nothing to expunge, maybe having the record of the arrest sealed is my only option. I don’t know how i will make it through the last semester with all the stress this is causing me. I worked so hard, and to see it go bye bye for a stupid mistake that will never happen again, is so dishearting. I didn’t know I had to list this, but reading over the actually paper work online, it looks like I do. I would be scared not to, in fear my application would be fraudulent . Do you think its likely I will be turned away from the board? Honesty is the best policy, Its just that when I heard the judge say case dismissed , I thought it was gone forever, I see now this is not the case…

    Any advice or comments? Should I finish school or just give up totally… ๐Ÿ™

  18. Paula H Says:

    I am currently taking classes to get in to x-ray school here in Aptos, Calif. I to have a misdemeanor conviction for spaking my child 12 years ago( who is now 15 and very well adjusted)it is also called a crime a moral torpedo. The word just makes me sound bad. 12 years ago was a rally hard time in my life and I have since changed and become someone so different. I even now counsel people with anger issues and pasts abuse(like myself). I have to apply even before entering x-ray school for the AART(which by the way is not even required in Calif) to see if they will grant me an x-ray license. I have been through this before when I got my real estate license and I ended up before a real estate legal panel proving with witnesses that I was morally deserving of a real-estate license and won. Although it was restricted and could be lifted to regular license in 3 years. So I know it is possible to win these things, but of course no one has the straight answer(whether is the board of licensing or even an attorney). I just want to know if there is anyone who has been through this in Calif who can tell what it was like or even advise me what to do. I have wanted this dream for 20 years and by the time I finish my prereq, wait on the list for 2 years to get in , and complete the program to take the license, it will be 16 years since the conviction. You would think it would not be a factor any more since my child will be grown and out of the house by then. I made a mistake and have paid for years for this, and am very sorry for that action. Since then I have not had any problems. Even went far above what the court required to get my self help. I hope and pray this does not stop me from my dream. If any one knows what to do,please let me know.

    I don’t want to give up. Let me know.

    Paula

  19. Angie Says:

    Maybe you can get it expunged and be done with it.

  20. Advice Says:

    Here is my advice that works for my. The BON licenses all entities pertaining to nursing so apply for a lesser license. I applied to BON for lvn, had no intention of taking test. The application I knew has to go to BON for approval. I put my English lit skill to use and explained the incidents that occurred i was 19 then 29 now. They asked me no questions AT ALL, they reviewed my paperwork and said “all in motion to grant ability to sit” no one denied. GLORY BE TO GOD! I just wanted to give you another option to pursue I couldn’t wait until the end of nursing school I needed to know that in May I would be able to test at nclex. I was looking at information about jobs which is what I was worried about when I seen to post that gave me hope. I wanted to give that hope to someone else today!

    Try for a lesser license put a good packet together I had colleagues from past jobs, teachers, transcripts official and non official all in packet to BON, No problems at all

    Next step job. I am just afraid Nurse Recruiters wont give me a chance but I have ALOT to offer way more than some of my other classmates I may add but I am sure they have no cloud over them but thats okay. Ive come this far……..

  21. ann Says:

    I am afraid to continue my nursing school because I have had four dui’s. The board of nursing will not issue me a cna license and I can understand. These have all been spread out through my adult lifetime. But they will never go off of my record. I have been through outpatient and aa and other extra classes to help me and my situatiion. I have never been introuble at work or have had problems in that area. I talked to the board of nursing and I told her of this concern with finishing my rn degree and then not being able to get my license. She did mention that the longer time went by for me showing I have stayed out of trouble. That this would be a better chance for me to retake back before the board. I would have to show what I have done and what I am continuing to do to change these behaviors. She didnt advise me not to continue So this is just a chance i have to take and risk a lot by going to school for years. I have to take. It could go eather way. I am sorry for what I have done and I am not proud of this. But It sure doesnt pay in more ways than one. Im sure that I will hear lots about my pattern and I am well aware of this being wrong. I have and am still paying for what I have done. And yes I am thankful I didnt hurt any one or myself.

  22. Antoinette Says:

    I live in NY and have 3 traffic misdemeanors for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle…..does anyone know if you have to disclose traffic misdemeanors? i also have a marrijuana violation it is not a misdemeanor or felony just a violation do i have to disclose that to get my RN does anyone have any information? the board of nursing is to hard to communicate with!!!

  23. Dianne Says:

    Hey all! I am contemplating on going to nursing school after I get my BA in Psychology. Looking to do an accelerated BSN program. I recieved a DWI about 2 yrs ago but didnt get charged until a year ago. I completed probation and a SAE.. in which they found i have no abuse problems.. isolated incident. I am in Tx were the DWI can not be expunged. Is there a chance I could get into nursing school?? and get a job afterwards?? Thanks all!

  24. Eric Says:

    I’m a Registered Nurse in North Carolina. In 2007 I was convicted of a misdeamenor, actually 2 counts of Harrasing Phone Calls. In 2008, or 13 months later I sailed through the licensing, with some anxiety. Passed NCLEX 1st try. Was licensed a week later. My advice is to go for it to anyone with any anxiety about the issue. There are some exception however, such as if you’ve been convicted of assualt or other “crimes” which may have caused injury. Check your states Boards information booklet/ practice guidelines. The one obstacle I have found is that most hospitals will not hire you until 5 years post conviction. I got lucky in that repect and went for-profit hospital. I think they will hire anybody. lol. Oh and Nursing homes.. I hope this helps.

  25. Kayla Says:

    Im currently a student at EKU. Im so nervous about getting into the Nursing Program because Im a couple of points from the required g.p.a and also I have a misdeameanor in theft by unlawful taking which I had nothing to do with. I was with a friend who had stolen, and since I was with her at the time, they charged me! It happened when I was 18, Im almost 21 now. Will this effect my chances of getting into the Nursing program?

  26. Mel Says:

    ….Um, does anyone know what happened to Jennifer?

  27. Jennifer Says:

    I will graduate in June..yeah! I will keep you updated as I apply to take state boards. I will be submitting a formal letter of explanation with my application..both my program director and the hospital I work for expect, at the most, a delay in being approved. I am nervous, but hopeful, that the state board of nursing will recognize that my misdemeanor charge is 13 years old and allow me to sit for the NCLEX. I already have an RN position waiting for me where I am working now..just need that license! I will let you know what happens…

  28. Jazz Says:

    I am currently licensed in GA, NY and NJ. However, I graduated from nursing school in 2007. after graduation I was hit by a drunk driver and suffered life threatening injuries. It took about a year and half to completely rehabilitate. 12 years ago I was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. I was wrongfully convicted,a boyfreind was the distributer and I was caught up with him at the wrong place at the wrong time. However, I did have some idea that he was up to something illegal but I never thought his wrong doings would affect me.I never admitted
    to guilt but was found guilty by a jury. I recieved and completed probation. I am currently in the state of NY and haveing a hard timwe finding a job bc of the hospitals closing in the city. I am still considered a new graduate and almost 2 years have elapsed from my graduation from nursing school. I have a strong educational backgroud including a MS in healthcare. I however need some nursing experience and I am cvoncerned thatr hospitals will not hire me bc of my conviction eventhough the government issued me the license. I am thinking about going to the atlanta georgia area. I was wondering if anyone knew any hosipitals or nursing homes in or around that area that would be willing to take on someone like myself. Please let me know if you have any suggestions on where to apply. I have to be honets about my conviction because I don’t want to look like a liar and that I have something to hide beacause I don’t. I don’t want to have that cloud hanging over my head in fear that my employer will eventually find out and I lose my license because I didnm’t tell the truth. I just don’t want to waist my time applying anywhere that would not even consider giving me a chance. PS. Also if anyone knows about placwes in the NJ area that would consider hiring me. Thank you so much for any information or help you can offer me.Also, to those who feel they will not get the license, there is hope. Once you write your explanation of the incident and it is a one time time thing, and enough time has elapsed from the time of conviction most boards will take all of that inot consideration and issue the license. The background check that they do is pretty6 extensive so I wouldn’t lie to the board because they will find out and reject your application. I am just worried about the employers.

  29. Karli Says:

    I am a new grad in IL currently awaiting the review of my license. I too, passed NCLEX and was sent a temporary license 2 weeks later. I was hired almost immediately at a hospital and was 2 weeks away from beginning orientation when I received this letter saying I was prohibited from practicing due to my criminal background check. Nearly 5 years ago I was arrested for the possession of marijuana and cotrolled substance (both felonies). Similar to the previous writer, I was 19 years old and mixed up with the wrong boyfriend. I made a plea agreement which required me to complete 2 years of probation which included a substance abuse evaluation and numerous random drug screens. Upon completion of probation, the charges were dismissed and I was left with no conviction, however during the federal background check the actual arrest still came up. I have sent the board a 3 pg letter describing my story and also the many changes I have made in my life since this happened, however it has been a month and I still have not had my license granted or denied. I am so nervous, this all I think about day and night. Is there anyone out there who has any kind of advice?

  30. buttons Says:

    Karli,
    Just hang in there. I would obtain a lawyer and gather the official paper work from the courts. I would not send the board anything but the official paperwork by a lawyer of the incident.

    You need to gather all the paperwork you had submitted to the nursing board (including application) and give a copy to a lawyer. I would suggest not to have any contact verbal communications with the nursing board.

    I hope you did check the box of previous felonies on the application for the Nursing license and hospital applications. Secondly, you gave an explaination for each felony in the past. Lastly, you described the outcomes of the courts’ decision.

    If they need any additional official paperwork of the above that you will be able to provide it upon written request.

    I hope you did not over look the box because the state board of nursing may see it as falsery or a lie. Always tell the truth no matter what.

    Please obtain a lawyer and follow his/her instructions.

    Good Luck..Keep all written notes, applications, and materials.

  31. Brittany West Says:

    I am 23 almost 24 I just went back to school and I want to be a rn. I have 2 misdemeanors in ky for possesion of mj and domestic violence 5 and 6 years old do you think this will knock me out of being a rn? I live in houston tx by the way!!!

  32. kelly bell Says:

    Im sitting for Inclex!!!!

  33. sj Says:

    what if you have a MJ misdemeanor that involved some jail time?

  34. Jennifer Says:

    Well, the board let me sit for the Nclex and I passed..woo hoo! Now I am waiting..and waiting..for the board to decide my case. Does anyone know how long the Georgia BON takes to decide?? All they will tell me is that everything on the application is complete except for resolution of my legal review…and there is no time frame they follow to decide…ugh! I have signed a contract as a new grad RN with the hospital, but can’t start precepting without a license. The wait is agony, but I have to believe God has brought me this far..He won’t leave me now.

  35. ScaredRN Says:

    I am an RN with licenses in two states. I received a DUI in a third state when on vacation that was lowered to reckless driving. My license in the state in which I do not live is up for renewal. I keep reading to tell the truth to the BON, but what are the chances they will find out since it’s just a renewal? How would they find out? They suspended my license for not charting assessments when I was sent home after 4 hours although I charted VS, FSBS, updated care plans, etc. So, I don’t trust them now and think it would be stupid to bring it to their attention. I would rather them find out 10 years from now then now.

  36. Donna Says:

    I have a 4th degree misdemeanor for falsification (failed to notify the unemployment bureau I was working) while collecting benefits. I have made full restitution and have not made this mistake again, while having received unemployment twice since this has happened. It has been over 10 years. I have recently had it expunged and I am starting my first term in nursing school and will some day be applying for my license in Ohio. I know that Ohio has qualifying offenses, I just hope this does not keep me from finding good employment after I’ve completed nursing school.

    Wish me Luck!

    Thank you.

  37. Simone Says:

    I really wish you luck! Hugs ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Jennifer Says:

    Jazz,
    I have been hired at a hospital in Georgia with full disclosure of my misdemeanor for mj possession…but I got the interview first before telling them. The interview went really well and then I had the opportunity to reveal and explain my past…the recruiter felt that the conviction was so many years ago that it was not a problem. The position was for a student nurse extern, and now that I have graduated and passed boards they offered me a position as an RN, as well. Now I am just waiting for the board to review my case and decide my fate..you have given me hope that all will end well. It has been several weeks and I am miserable waiting for their decision…how long did it take for the board to decide your case??? My advice is to try and apply in person rather than online, if possible, so you will have the opportunity to explain your past rather than be dismissed because of it..good luck!

  39. Jennifer Says:

    I have my license!! Praise God! I can now begin my career as a nurse, and I have signed a contract to begin working on the Oncology floor. I am so grateful…and find it so rewarding to take care of Oncology patients. At the end of the day I know I have made a difference, and that is why I love being a nurse! Good luck to all of you who have overcome mistakes and don’t give up!

  40. Jai Says:

    Hi, I have a misdeamenor or decep practice which I pleaded in my case just to get it over with (the checks were $25.07, $34.71 and $32.89). Nothing major ~ I also have a ordinance violation for our city for something very minor (OV is for burning on wrong day for leaves). I am now seeking my CNA and am in school full time to become a RN still working on my pre reqs. Will these things not allow me to be licensed? I am so nervous now after reading the above stories…I am 33 years old and the company i worked for closed down. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse but life did not allow it prior ~ I hope my stupid finances at the time does not affect my future.

  41. Annie Says:

    When I was 19 years old I was arrested for CC fraud. My friend found a cc and I signed for it. I of course was the one they put charges on. It was my first and only arrest or record. I am now 36 yrs old and want to become a nurse. I was told that they prob will not accept me in the program. Is there anyone who had a misdemeanor of similar and became an RN? I hear the board of nursing is the hard part to get by.

  42. Tim Says:

    I’m 50 years old and was convicted of a felony 16 years ago. The charge was sales and deliver of a controlled subtance (cocain). Now I am in my last semester before entering the nursing program and i’m afraid that on passing and applying for my license they will turn me down. Can anyone say how many years they go bach?

  43. Tls Says:

    Good Luck to all of you guys, but let me say if you were to try to get your nursing license in Florida the answer is no. I just enrolled in nursing school and was kicked out do to my background of simple peti theft. They are no longer taking anyone with anything on their record. In Florida you can be arrested and found innocent, and it will still show up on your record, so if you want to get in trouble don’t do it in this state.

  44. Sammy Says:

    Karli, what happened in your case?

  45. Michele Says:

    Has anyone been under the first offender act in the state of Georgia? I was wondering if you could get your RN license..

  46. Yvette Says:

    Am 26 years of age i currently live in nyc. but my conviction was at theage of 18 which was for retail theft i did three nights in jail and about one month probation it was in PA for conspiracy retail theft. ive been trying to get mylife back on track ever since ive trien hha and was denied i want to go for my cna i spoke with a lawyer n they said i can probably get my record pordan. but what i am asking is? does any one with a similar background who lives in nyc got any job or any advice to where i can go take my cna or apply for a job without bein turned down?

  47. sdm Says:

    I am in Cali, but also was convicted of misdemeanor petty theft 20 years ago. I recently received my CNA license, but was originally denied and had to send in a lot of paperwork! I included a personal letter of what happened, when it happened and what I have been doing since then, and also had to include proof of dismissal of the misdemeanor. I also had two previous employers write character references for me. It took about 3 months, but I was granted the license. I agree with the above people about being honest when you are applying for a nursing job as they do perform a full background check (in California it is required) on all applicants (and it will show up regardless of whether or not it was dismissed or expunged).
    Good luck to everyone!!

  48. sidney Says:

    I am in Texas. I graduated from nursing school in Dec 09. I am waiting to hear from enforcement. I have a misdemeanor for destructive/removal of writing that occured in july 06. My case was dismissed. I am waiting anxiously to hear from the Bon enforcement about my permit. Without a permit I am not allowed to test for NCLEX. Enforcement received all my court documents, fingerprints, letter describing the incident, etc in OCT 09. Does anyone know how long it takes to hear from enforcement??

  49. SM Says:

    I have been a CNA for 2 years now, and have had several CNA jobs already. I have a background with felony and misdemeanor arrests from 2001 to 2003, all due to the same charge. Although all the felonies were dropped (thank God), a conviction/misdemeanor remains on my record for simple poss of cannabis.
    The board knows about my arrests and conviction, and they never questioned me. I didn’t have to send in any paper work or anything, they just sent my license in the mail. They saw how old my conviction was, and it wasn’t a felony. I have renewed this year and a new background was run, and I received my license.
    It all depends on the time frame from the last arrest and if they are felonies.
    I was clean then, and I’m clean now.
    That’s what happens when you had a idiot drug head boyfriend who stays in and out of prison still to this day, and wants you to put his drugs in your purse and the police pulls you over. I was an idiot for being with a guy like him in the first place, and I should have known better.
    That was a long time ago, and I’m married with a good life now, but I have to live with a conviction of something I should have never been around and never liked in the first place.

    Bottom line is, there is alot of hope for people who have past records. I was so worried my background would interfere with my CNA license, but it didn’t. Now I’m going to be starting school hopefully this December for my LPN, and I still worry about my background causing trouble with the school, or clinicals in the future, I can’t help but to still wonder if my background will stop me from something I really want in life. The punishment never really ends.
    Thanks for letting me vent..
    Good luck to everyone!

  50. Carlos Says:

    Hello, I am in Florida. My RN license was revoke in 2006 for diverting narcotics. I was arrested and charge with burglary wich is a felony.
    The BON had previously placed me on probation for diverting morphine, so after the arrest they revke my license. does anyone have knowledge of a new law in Florida that apperently says noone with a felony charge can obtain a nursing license? is this true, or is it case by case decision by the BON. Like it used to be. I was not convicted nor adjudicated and did probation. I can find out was is the true. I know the BON is the one that can answer that, but I havent worked out the courrage to call.
    I completed a 1 year residential recovery programm at a christian center in Miami and I really would like to be a nurse againg.
    Thank you,

  51. james Says:

    Had a mj charge 35 years ago, paid the fine, didn’t think much of it. Didn’t keep me from getting an MD degree. Didn’t keep me from getting a license in Ga., I did have to take random drug tests for 5 years for a SC license. Didn’t keep me from being hired over the years. However, I tired to get a job with DHR (not the first time), but now I can’t get hired due to the guilty plea for a joint more than half my life ago. Go figure. They pay less than what I am getting now, anyway.

  52. Anonymous Says:

    I may end up being convicted/charged with a misdemeanor dv simple assault charge. First ever offense. I acted in self defense. Caused the abuser a small scratch. But he ended up having me arrested. I am living in NC, but looking for LPN jobs in WV. Will I be losing my license? How does this work? Can I appeal? I have never faced anything like this before and it was a relationship that has gone bad. I am very scared.

  53. shannon Says:

    I am soo relieved after reading several of these responses, i was worried that i would not be accepted to nursing school for a charge marijuana charge that i got 10 years ago its not a misdemeanor or a felony so i guess i should be fine!! I have always been a straight A student and was praying that this wouldnt hinder my goals, thank you thank you

  54. kells Says:

    Reading all of these responses scares the heck out of me but comforts me at the same time. I am comforted by the fact that there are people out there in a similar boat as me, but scared that I may never get my license. I live in CA but have a petty theft charge from WA from 10 years ago and two DUI’s from CA one 7 years old and one 5 years old. I was young and very stupid. I have learned a lot from my mistakes and when the last DUI happened, I vowed to turn my life around.

    The CA board of nursing does not give you a definitive answer on whether or not they will grant a license to someone with these offenses. So it is a serious gamble. I am graduating from a very expensive nursing school in June at the top of my class and all I can think about is if I have done all of this for nothing. I am so scared that I will never get my license. I spoke with the dean of my school and she was pretty certain that getting my license wouldn’t be a problem. I forgot to tell her about the petty theft charge though. To be honest, I did not think it was that big of a deal or that it would even come up. But after calling the courts, I am realizing that my 10 year old petty theft charge from stealing bras at Mervyn’s when I was 18 is a problem. And may be the reason why I do not get my license.

    I am plagued with so many negative thoughts and cannot stop beating myself up over this. If anyone has any advice for me I would greatly appreciate it.

  55. RNProspect Says:

    This is a strange one: I was (stupidly) arrested for Public Intoxication while passing through a Midwestern state on a road trip 4 years ago.

    They charged me with a misdemeanor but the court date was a month off- i had no way to get home to the East Coast if i’d stuck around (ride would have left w/o me), so i never showed up. So i was never convicted, and i have no other criminal record, but there may be a failure to appear warrant out there….

    Anyway I want to apply for an RN program in Florida. My thoughts are I’ll order a copy of my own FBI background report, and see if it still shows up- if so, i’ll have to fly back there and take care of it.

    Any other advice? Thanks….

    -j

  56. Disbelief Says:

    I can’t believe how many criminals here are or are trying to become nurses. It beggars belief!! Nursing is an honourable profession, where people put their complete trust in us, and you bunch of criminals should never be allowed near patients. Drugs, theft….. WTF is wrong with you people????

  57. Jennifer Says:

    Wow, what a nasty comment from Disbelief. I have now been working as a nurse for the past 7 months on an Oncology floor, and am completely devoted to the care of my patients. I love being a nurse, and was just named nurse of the month for having the highest patient satisfaction scores. I am grateful that the Board of Nursing decides each case on an individual basis, so that excellent nurses are not eliminated by blanket judgements.

  58. AlexNY Says:

    Disbelief, i disbelieve that someone is reading forums that do not pertain to them…
    There are many reasons for people’s missteps, be happy that ppl are trying something positive. In my case, from the age of 17-22 i’ve commited a six shopliftings and one simple possesion of controlled substance. (all misdermeanors) I didnt even have a GED back then.
    But i turned around my and know that there are many people who will applaud our effort to be a productive citizens.
    Now i’m eight years from my last arrest and a straight A student in a Nursing Program. I spoke with Office of Professional Discipline and they said that if everything is the way I told them, then do not worry and focus on the studies. So do not get dicouraged. If there is no clear prohibition and if there a time barrier – go for it!

  59. Rebecca Says:

    I have 2 misdameanors; buying alcohol for underage. 1 misdameanor; bad check which was paid when I went to court. 1 misdameanor that was reduced from a felony with a plea agreement for simple assault. This was all from 2003 to 2007 and I haven’t been into any troub;e at all since Jan. 2007. I am in RN school and will graduate in the state of VA. I am an LPN but I’m not working while I’m in school. I’m really worried about whether or not I’ll be allowed to sit for boards and then will I be able to get my license. I have been an LPN for 22 years. I have an attorney trying to get a pardon on tha assault charge but I haven’t been successful as of yet and I’ve been working on it for 2 years. Does anyone know anything to help me?

  60. Smitty Says:

    Hey all. Nearing end of lpn school and found out the initial background check was a seven county check. In the neighborhood so to speak. Now I’ve submitted for the national and know that a simple battery charge from 1989 will show up. Never lied on app. to get into school. Know that the state boards frown on that but Ga wont drop or seal the charges. Live in Tn now. So what I’ve gone through this whole school to be nipped in the bud at the end. Anybody got a story or advice to share bring it on. I’m really upset that the school led me to believe there was not a problem. What do you all think my chances are.

  61. Willma Says:

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. S.O. Says:

    Disbelif: A person of honor is not one without fault. It is one who can admit their faults,changeand become a blessing to others, and a productive person. What is more honorable than that. Standing on a pinnacle of self righteousnes is a slippery slope, and it is a long fall down. Answer for Smitty: I believe if you have commited a crime against persons your are disqualified, but other issues are looked at on a state by state basis. Be honest and write letters of regret and explanation when asked. Blessings and Good Luck!

  63. tia Says:

    i have a misdemeanor assault from a bar fight in 1997. ive never been in any othr trouble not even a traffic ticket, i wanna go to nursing school i would never harm another human again should i even try to get my degree?

  64. Jodi Says:

    Congratulations to Jennifer and good luck to everyone else. Don’t mind Disbelief you all…ignorance is bliss. ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. Katt Says:

    Thank u to everyone who has told there stories! Jennifer your story has really been an inspiration to me. I live in GA and I will start school in June 2010…In 2002 I was arrested for shoplifting which I take responsibility for and am working on getting it expunged. In 2005 when I was 24yrs old I moved to GA frm NYC w my fiance who was 10 yrs older than me an he was both emotionally and physically abusive,lets just say one day I fought back and I got arrested..I am very concerned that I will not get my license because of the mistake that I too have made. I can say that today I am happily married and living VERY straight edge thank the lord. does any one know if the board can see expungements?

  66. jan Says:

    diverted a narcotic after 30 yrs as rn. was clean and sober for 11 yrs and then relapsed. i have no charges nor convictions and always pass any background check. However the OBN pulled my license for good. i was a good nurse and a very experienced one with good work record. The board works for the public not the nurses. They care not whether you eat or not or lose your home. this is the only profession where mistakes in your life will not be forgiven. There are few second chances. Report only when it is absolutely necessary. The boards are rigid and uncompromising and the roles of licenses lost for good would boggle your mind. They do not go any easier on you for confessing or asking for help. You can be looking at suspensions of any license endless drug testing at your expense constant reports and all of your medical records reviewed monthly just for starters and then probation ect for years and thats on a good day. just ask us,cause we will tell you the truth about the boards. good luck.

  67. RNProspect Says:

    Disbelief says: “I canโ€™t believe how many criminals here are or are trying to become nurses. It beggars belief!! Nursing is an honourable profession, where people put their complete trust in us, and you bunch of criminals should never be allowed near patients”

    I was drunk in a taxicab in my early twenties while visiting relatives in the Midwest. For that, you call me a criminal who “should never be allowed near patients?” Give me a break….

    Even people with slightly more serious charges deserve a second chance. I can see why nursing boards would draw the line at violent crime, but why punish an otherwise qualified candidate who has a simple alcohol or marijuana violation from their youth, and has since turned their life around? THAT would be ignorant and shortsighted in the extreme.

  68. Rico Says:

    I was in California when I was charged with misdemeanor (vandalism over property less than 300 use. ) while I was in tn school. I remember it was the second semester of rn school. After I graduated. The board of nursing took em 3 months to issue a yes for me to take an exam since I checked yes on the criminal background thingie). I’m now an rn with 4 years of exp. And yes PRAISE GOD. Even background check company like kroll can’t find my record. No I never had it expunged. I guess when God don’t want you to see it you won’t see it. I prayed really hard after I got the charges. Cried many nights. Did fasting prayers. Praying so I won’t escape the punishment (gotta take responsibility )but only for the punishment to be easier. Prayed many lines about “this is my darkest night”. No one in family knows about it too =)

  69. Rico Says:

    AlexNY, people make mistakes. And many people don’t realize a mistake is grave after it happened. Like a child doesn’t know the meaning of a hot stove until the child touches it. My first semester nursing instructor told me. ” Everyone makes mistakes. Even nurses. But it’s worse when you don’t know you made mistakes or you admit you can’t make mistakes”.

    I hope one day you make your grave mistakes and be haunted by your own comment here.

  70. newgradnurse Says:

    Jennifer-
    Hi I just recently graduated from nursing school and I am also in GA, and I just wanted to know how long it took for the board to let you sit for NCLEX and issue your license? I was arrested once for two felony counts of theft by recieving (another case of loser boyfriend) I had no idea the things were stolen, and the DA dropped the charges after talking with me and getting statements from me and him. I always pass my background checks but I still disclosed the arrest and I feel they will give me my license since the charges were dropped but I am trying to figure out how long of a wait it might be.

  71. Jennifer Says:

    newgradnurse,
    The board let me sit for the NCLEX within a month of my application and THEN reviewed my case after passing the NCLEX. It took about a month for them to decide, but I know other students who took longer. Make sure you have EVERYTHING required in the application regarding positive background checks. I included letters of recommendation, court documentation/final disposition,and wrote a letter of explanation. I also called the board periodically to check on my application. Good luck!!

  72. Wahala Says:

    I had a credit card conviction 5 years ago. The government gave me a new identity….new name and social security number. Will I be qualified if I am to take up nursing career… I am not supposed to let anyone know about my past criminal history. Do I still have to let the BON know.

  73. BMichaels_RN Says:

    Only a need to know basis. Let them know your new identity, soc sec #, address etc etc. Hope that helps!

  74. Sam_SPN Says:

    I’m in school right now for licensed practical nursing. I recently recieved a ticket for DUI. I’m crapping a brick because all I can think about is how I ruined everything I have been working on for the past two years in a matter of minutes and have no idea what to do. The advice I’ve received so far is get a lawyer, which as an independent BROKE college student, I have no money but whatever it takes (loans, begging, selling my body in Atlanta) I will have to pay for a lawyer I suppose. I have big plans in this field, and I eventually want to work towards getting my masters…. Any advice or words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated.

  75. Toni Says:

    I want to get my nursing license in GA but found out yesterday that something I got arrested for 17 years ago was on my record through fingerprints. I was never convicted. I was a street kid and made many mistakes in my earlier years and have a long arrest record but NO convictions. Do you think this will keep my from getting my nursing license?

  76. newgradnurse Says:

    So I got my ATT and sat for NCLEX on june 16th… passed… but still no word on my license. I call them but they are super rude everytime, and I have 36 days to get my license or lose my job… I am stressing!

  77. Ol’Hippie Says:

    It comes back to bite you. 40 years ago I was arrested for posession/sale of LSD in Calif (20yrs old @ the time). charges were reduced to misdemeanor possession, and I got 3 years probation. This was BEFORE nursing school! I was advised by my probation officer, dean of my nursing school on down to be truthful getting my license, but then “forget about it” when applying for jobs etc. And I did-for 30 years- many jobs and licensing & renewals in 3 states- and even after I got a teaching certificate in 2002- nothing. PA has recently(2007)passed a law that requires Cogent Fed FBI fingerprint checks for anyone working with children, elderly or disabled patients. I have had clear state police and child abuse clearances for years. Well, I was fingerprinted for a new job last week- and guess what showed up ! I am just… stunned…I think this is going to be the trend and other states will start using Cogent. And yes, it doesn’t matter if records are sealed, or you are a youthful offender. You still have a rap sheet. I guess my advice is to be really careful about checking no if you have ever been fingerprinted. I
    am seeking legal advice before I contact the job I applied for- You may get away with nondisclosure now but you just don’t know what will happen in the future. Good luck to you all. Nursing needs diversity and we all make mistakes.

  78. Heather Says:

    I need some advice… I am 21, looking to pursue a job as an RN. I am currently going to court for a class C felony for Fraud to a Fin. institution, my lawyer got it reduced to a Class A misdemenor(theft). I just started school this summer semester for my Ass. in Science. Im having a hard time deciding what I initially want to take up. Ive recently have concluded that I want to take up nursing. In reading these articles Ive learned some helpful info. but it seems like ever state board has their own regulations for people with prior convictions. I live in the state of IL but was convicted in In. this was my only arrest in my life. In which case a well learned lesson. I have a 3yr old daughter and I am really concerned for her future, with my inability to pursue a career, passed upon my past. I dont know where to start on researching my eligibility to obtain my license as an RN. I am asking for some input. Should i go to my current school Nursing Department and just ask them. Or contact the IL board of Nursing Association. Please someone help!!!

  79. Zula Says:

    Geez. I never knew so many with convictions. Wow…..until I met my husband! At age 50 we got married, and I applied to have him immigrate to Canada from the USA. Unbeknownst to me He had several appearances in the courts for MJ possession (1/4 of a joint!) and a couple other charges – such as a fight with his brother (DV!) and another for having a “concealed weapon”(knife he buttered his hot dog bun with in the car -with a school book thrown over it in highschool) and guess what. He had forgotten all about it – it was back in his teen years- so who would? And anyway, in his mind, he was the better behaved of all the kids he knew back then….ALL OF THAT CAME UP AT THE BORDER. He had to get court records (by this time no records existed it was so long ago!) and have it all “forgiven” – which we did ourselves through application….didn’t get a lawyer or pay anyone…and finally he was allowed to immigrate. Funny thing that….because in B.C. Canada – who hasn’t smoked a joint or two in their lifetime?? I am an RN and never had any convictions or charges so I am fine….but I can tell you this…if you have a record THEY WILL FIND IT. They aren’t fingerprinting in Canada (and they also aren’t yet in WA state where I also hold a practising license) Unfortunately things like this hang on you for the rest of your lives…it is unfortunate…but that is what happens. I can see if you have an addiction problem with history of in and out of rehab or multiple DUI, because working with drugs there is temptation there plus there is a responsibility to make sound judgements and driving while intoxicated doesn’t really display that….however I can’t see how they could hold one joint MJ years ago against you…that is hardly an addiction….MJ should be legalized anyway, but that is a whole other conversation.
    Good luck to you all. Too bad we can’t tell the young crowd coming up what will happen to them down the line – making stupid mistakes DOES matter.

  80. Sherrie Says:

    You can still get your license, but unfortunately will make finding a job harder as most all places do a background check. That is what I am struggling with too.

  81. Ann Says:

    After going through an abusive marriage where my step-daughters put snakes in my home and told me they would some day own my home, cut up my dog, and run me out of town, my ex had me followed/stalked and I “showed” a gun to an erratic driver who was pulling in front of me and slamming on his brakes in raining, rush hour traffic. I automatically defended myself and have paid dearly for it since. I have a master’s in nursing and tons of critical care experience and cannot find one job. I disclose the misdemeanor to all and no-one forgives this mistake. I am seeking a pardon in Texas, but have been told it’s a one in a million chance. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would put all of you having employment problems to work. We all deserve a second chance and everyone has their reasons for getting in trouble once or twice. Honestly, I would tell those applying for nursing school to choose another profession as this one mistake has haunted me for years. Choose a profession where you can be your own boss as in self-employment. These unforgiving people will get their day with their maker. God loves us all and forgives us, but the potential employers do not!!!! If anyone finds nurse friendly hospitals, please share it. And, all of you, take care.

  82. WaitingGrad Says:

    Jennifer,
    I have enjoyed reading your progress through all the hurdles and obstacles at the start of your nursing career – you remained upbeat and persistent through it all.

    My story is similar to yours. I, too, remained a honor student throughout grade school and college. On the down side, I have a charge haunting me as well & it stems back 10 years ago – a case of wrong place, at the wrong time. I had just graduated high school and was at a local graduation party that had alcohol. I was not there long at all when the police showed & everyone was charged with minor possessions.

    Again, like you, the nursing school and hospitals (in which I did clinicals at – and later worked at as an nuse extern then a patient care tech) were okay with this as it was the only time I had ever been in trouble and it was so long ago.

    However, it is still haunting me! I recently sat for the boards (took me a month after applying to get my “ATT”), passed first try, and now I wait. The waiting game…it has been 28 days, since I took the NCLEX. I call the boards regularly, but they do not divulge much concerning a time-line, exact status, etc. of the review. It is very nerve-racking, especially since my RN position (same floor I externed and teched on) rides on their decision! Definitely a time of high anxiety…and it’s sad considering all of the hard work that has been put into this the past few years, along with the sacrifices it takes to do nursing school in the first place. Still what do you do but wait?! Waiting with hope and faith for good favor, yet again, from the Lord ๐Ÿ™‚

    Again, thanks for sharing your story and your progress – it is helping many of us, and gives hope and reassurance that we can succeed and make it through the BON Review and continue on for what we set out to do – BE RN’S!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll keep the forum posted on my status…hope to reply with good news from the board soon! Fingers crossed!

  83. WaitingGrad Says:

    Jennifer,

    How long did it take between passing your NCLEX (day of testing) until the BON approved your license? I am panicking now because I’ve heard the board meets quarterly…

    It’s been over 30 days for me now…awaiting an answer from the board…. Praying!!!

  84. Jennifer Says:

    WaitingGrad,

    It took almost 3 weeks for me…the waiting is terrible, I know! I was told a review committee handles each case initially, and only sends more serious cases to the board for approval. Hang in there…you should know soon! Nobody appreciates or respects their license more than someone who had to overcome great obastacles to receive one!! The joy is overwhelming!

  85. PrayingHard:) Says:

    Hello everyone, I am new to this site and have been reading many posts here, and found some very interesting information. I recently took and passed NCLEX in GA. Unfortunately, I have a 13 yeard old felony conviction. I am patiently waiting for a decision to be made by the BON….I am praying that everything wroks out for me and everyone else!

  86. Concerned RN Says:

    The Board of Registered Nursing in California (BRN)has recently tightened up. The BRN’s job is to enforce the Nursing Practice Act and protect the consumers of health care from unsafe and incompetetant nursing practice. They are not here for you at all. But, they are not a criminal justice system, they have a defined area of responsibility. Know your rights and don’t let them bully you. Offenses must be “substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of an RN under which that license was issued. It is an arguable situation if you recieved a conviction, such as a DUI. You have to conact a Business and Professions attorney for guidance.

  87. AlexNY Says:

    Rico, wtf was “I hope one day you make your grave mistakes and be haunted by your own comment here” comment was about. Did I say anything offensive above in my comment?

  88. newgradnurse Says:

    Ok just an update-I have my license! I took NCLEX June 16th, and I got my license on July 26th! With the holiday considered it seems to take about a month:) Good luck everyone

  89. Shay Says:

    Hey everyone,

    I’m just wondering if I passed state boards for my CNA, do you think I will have any problems getting my RN? I have a lovely THC possession from 2002 but I’m thinking that because I already qualified as a CNA, I can probably qualify for an RN, right? Let me know what you think. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. PrayingHard:) Says:

    Ok….I took NCLEX June 9th and I am still waiting to hear something from the BON….this waiting thing sooo nerve wrecking….I will keep everyone updated….wish me luck:)))

  91. scared Says:

    I recently livein ohio an got charged with misdermeanor petty theft charge from Walmart. I had clothing on the bottom basket and got cases of pop. At the checkout I asked the cashier if she needed me to remove the cases she said no and I forgot about the clothing which added up to like 16.00. I am in birdsong school now and I’m scared to death. The ohio board of nursing said id be fine, but some of these stories scare me. And will I be able to get a job?

  92. the truth Says:

    this is for the person that is holier than thou. I have been a nurse for more than thirty years. I treat with a holistic approach which includes accepting peoples families and there cultures. We treat all people .and old and even criminals.Just because people make mistakes you not disqualify them from being kind ,caring and compassionate caregivers. to the person who berated evryone looking for an answer. if you are a nurse your response is a reflection of the caregiver that you are. I hope i never have to be under your care……….TRUE RN

  93. Needing an answer Says:

    Hello everyone,
    I am both concerned and relieved by some of the posts in this forum. This is my situation. I just graduated from an excellent private school in GA with a BSN. It is my second degree. My freshman year at my first college I recieved a DUI. I was 18. Shortly after that I was involved in an incident in Athens, GA that was blown completely out of proportion and resulted in 3 charges; disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice, and simple battery. All of those charges because I was trying to stop a police officer from slamming my boyfriend into a brick wall because he didn’t have his ID on him. I used my first offender and had all the charges dismissed after completing probation, but the arrest record is still there. I took the NCLEX on July 13th, passed, and I am still waiting to hear about my license. At first I was under the impression that if you got approved to take the NCLEX you were all good to go….. that would make sense right?? I didn’t think that after getting accepted to a good university (that also did a criminal backgroudn check), and being approved for all clinicals, that there was a chance that I wouldn’t be given my RN license. Now I am starting to get nervous. I already was offered ( and I accepted) a great RN position on an L & D floor. My start date was supposed to be August 9th but my license hadn’t been issued yet. My start date has now been changed 3 times and I am feeling like my employer might start to question why the hired me. I am loosing my confidence that everything is going to be okay because it is taking so long. Can anyone tell me whether or not I will get my license????? I am just really lookng for some answers, and the secretaries at the BON don’t seem to like to give them. Good luck to everyone out there. It is nice to know that I am not the only one that was a little wild as a kid but wants to devote their life to doing something good in this world.

    DISBELIEF- People like you are what is wrong with society. Please take your self-righteousness to another forum and stop judging the well intentioned people expressing their concerns with one another here

  94. Needing an answer Says:

    Praying Hard,
    Have you gotten your license yet? how long did it take?

  95. Leslie Says:

    Ladies….all of you, keep your heads up. People like “Disbelief” will always be around and you may have to deal with someone just like her in the future. Just do the next right thing and it will all work out. I have a felony, lost my license 7 years ago, went to jail for 2 years and was given the chance to practice after a lot of work so believe me when I say anything can be done. Keep your head up and out of the past……Good Luck to all of you.

  96. Leslie Says:

    If anyone needs help navigating the BON, please contact me. I have navigated the BON two times and would be more than happy to consult with any of you (lkmachuzak@yahoo.com).

  97. wantabcna Says:

    Well I moved to GA over 7 years ago. I had lost my dad to cancer and just lost my mom in April 2010. I took care of both of them, well I left VA Beach 7 years ago so my sister took over with my mom. Well I always wanted to work as a CNA so I am going start class 10-4-2010. I worked for as a 911 operator medical dispatcher for the police fire and rescue never had anything on my record. I was pulled over when I first moved to GA and was charged with DUI. I knew I had not been drinking so I paid all this money for a good DUI attorney. So the charges where dropped to reckless driving. Well just yesterday I was called by a nursing home that I was going to work at while I am in school and they told me due to the fact that the DUI charge is on my record they can not hire me. I explained that the charges where dismissed and she said it does not matter that it is still showing that I was charged with it. I called the attorney and he said that in GA they can not take off a DUI charge even if the charges were dismissed. But that it has on the next line the charges were dismissed. But the lady at the nursing home will not even listen to reason. I am so upset. What if I can not get a job anywhere because of a charge I did not even do. I did not know my way around and was lost plus it was dark and could not see the street sign. I was charged with reckless driving. I just do not understand it. But I am at a lost now. I am hoping that someone here can tell me if you live in GA were you able to get a job as a CNA with a DuI on your record if it has dismissed right under it. Nothing else on my record.

    Thanks and good luck to each and everyone of you. I can not tell you how heart broken something like this can make you feel.

  98. Sherri Says:

    I was sent a letter by ga board of nursing saying they would issue me a license after review and now it is 2 weeks later. Would it help at all to get answers if I drive down ther at all. I’m so stressed

  99. Worried Wife Says:

    My husband had a felony charge 10 years ago for theft by taking. The judge granted “first offenders” status here in the state of GA and the charges were expunged from his record after he completed the terms as laid out by the court. He can not claim that he was ” young and dumb” because he was nearly 40 years old when he made the mistake. He has been gainfully employed for the last ten years. He was advised by his criminal attorney all those years ago that the answer to the “have you ever been convicted of a felony” would be “no”. He is looking to start a new career in nursing. My question is: Can someone who has a felony charge that was “expunged” under first offenders get an RN license in GA? We have run GCIC checks on him and nothing shows up. However, the applications all seem to ask about convictions under first offenders and it is my understanding that the public can’t see the charges, but the state will always be able to see them. Has anyone here had a felony conviction that was expunged under first offenders and been able to get a license?

  100. Anxious Says:

    A couple days ago I was arrested for misdemeanor dimestic violence for slapping my husband after a heated argument it is my first offense and I just got my rn license so I don’t have to renew for 2years but I am scared I will Lise my license in Cali does anyone know if they take licenses away for this?

  101. Discouraged Says:

    Completed an acclerated RN program from Paramedic to Nursing was a long tuff road but finished. Im a Firefighter/Paramedic in TX and served in the Navy. When I filled out BON application I failed to put “yes” in prior misdemeanor/arrest. I had a misdemeanor petty theft when I was 18 (in 1992). I had to get all the court stuff squared away before I could join the service and have never thought about it again. Became a firefighter and national certified paramedic without ever giving that incident another thought. Well my application was rejected because the petty thft came up. I obtained all court papers, and my letter explaing the incident. I have been calling the BON every other day to see what the status is and I get different answers every time I call. The latest info I received was “it may take up to 45 days to decide my application”. Its a messed up situation. Dont know what to expect.

  102. Lostone Says:

    Today, I got caught for stealing at jcp. I got a ticket and I’ll be going to court in December. I was getting clothes for my kids, I lost my job, single parent…it was STUPID and by far the worse thing I’ve done in my life( no excuse). I have no record, but I know after my court date…I will. I’ve done nothing but cried today…I’ve told no one. I’m ashamed on so many levels! I’m sorry. Well, my question is… I wanted to apply to nursing school and now that I’ll have a conviction on my once clean record for theft, am I wasting my time. Should I just forget about it? Help me

  103. Pamela Says:

    Jennifer & newgradnuse… your guys stories are incredible and i have been on this computer for about 8 hours looking for answers and hope. i reside in california and was charged with petty theft misdemeanor last year. i took the fault for my sister and i know and in order to even try and obtain a license i have to take blame for it so that is what i intend on doing. i am trying to get it expunged but my biggest fear is i enter the nursing program in january.. is it worth it? i am so scared i will go through the program and be denied in the end.. what do u recommend me doing to show them i have changed within the next few years? i know in my heart that is a situation i would never put myself in but due to the nature of the situation i am forced to prove to everyone that i am rehabilitating… i am so so soo worried. it isn’t something i really worried about til yesterday when my aunt who is a RN notified me that something like that could immediately disqualify me

  104. pamela Says:

    jennifer & new grad…

    do you guys have email addresses? I am so concerned right now i just got a petty theft misdemeanor and feel like my career has been shot. did u guys get ur convictions expunged?

  105. dnice Says:

    Hi everyone I recently took tH3 nclex lvn sept 7 found out I passed but tH3 board will be reviewing my past conviction oF petty theft misdemeanor I just turned 18 when tH3 incident happened 20 years old now I’ve learned a lot from my mistake I’m nervous becuase I didn’t send n any letters just my court documents aNd that it was dismissed I hope this is enough aNd how long has it taken for u guys 2 find out their decision?

  106. dnice Says:

    Also does tH3 california board lOok at certain things over another

  107. Pamela Says:

    Dnice- what state are you attempting to attend school in and have you heard anything??

  108. Pamela Says:

    Discouraged- have you heard anything back?

  109. habibirose Says:

    Jennifer are you still out there?? or anyone,

    my situation is same as yours. Only mine was for shoplifting, first offense that happend 9 years ago. Was dismissed and seald till two months ago when I had to send in my application. I have kept my record clean. I am a new graduate and have just sent in my application to nys board of nursing. on my application I answered yes and sent in a documentations that states seald record, court records of the incident and police record of background search for the last 10 years that came back with 0. In my case, I did not think of sending in a letter that explained the incident. I am still waiting for ATT and exam date. My question is, what am i standing againest??? please help, what should i do now??

  110. Denise Says:

    I am a Ga resident who has recieved a full pardon. First of all, would I be able to sit for board as a LPN and second, what are my chance of obtaining a job.

  111. Denise Says:

    My offense is drug related and it happened in 1994.

  112. Pamela Says:

    Is anyone still reading this? Has anyone had any updates?

  113. Jennifer Says:

    Pamela, GA does not expunge convictions of any kind. I tried the pardon route, as well, and the board responded that I had not lost any of my rights as a citizen so a pardon was not needed. They also said that if the board denied my license due to the conviction they would reconsider. The only route was to present my case to the board. I can’t advise anyone how the board will decide, but the only way to succeed is to provide all the required documents and wait. I also included personal and professional references, and a personal letter explaining my conviction and how my life had changed. I did whatever I could to convice the board since my entire dream was in their hands. That is all anyone can do! Hang in there, you will have your answer soon! I have been a nurse for 14 months now, and I love my job more everyday. I recently had the opportunity to help a dying patient fulfill their last wish, and it was the most rewarding moment of my life! Now the hospital I work for is recognizing this, and awarding me their highest honor for nurses. I wish you all the very best, and don’t give up!

  114. stressed Says:

    Hello, I am currently wanting to get into the accelerated program for nursing, but I am not sure I am going to be able to get a job. I called the Ohio BON and they told me that one theft misdemeanor conviction is not going to prevent me from getting a license I will just have to be monitored for a year. So that means I have to get a job where they will be willing to monitor me when I sign the consent form. I am just so scared that I am wasting my time going into an accelerated program and I am not going to be able to get a job when I am done…does anyone have any advice or know anything about Ohio?

  115. JA Brock Says:

    I received my RN license from the Georgia Board of Nursing in 1997 even though I had a VCSA on my criminal record. The Board at the time said that they consider each application on an individual bases. I now have a MS in psychiatric nursing and was formerly certified through ANCC as a CNS in adult mental health which all sounds good. Each school, certification agency, and especially each state board needed a handwritten explanation regarding the incident which means this thing is forever with you. The main concern however is not whether or not the board grants you a license it’s whether or not anyone will hire you once you’ve received it. If your hired it’s almost impossible to be promoted to any position of authority. You’ll always be scrutinized and looked down upon. You could be fired for any reason with no chance to appeal. You’ll be given jobs no one else will take. You’ll be subjected to criticism and consistently judged as less than. Over the years you’ll eventually start to see yourself in a negative light because of employers and co-workers opinions. So any advance education or certification serves only as a threat to those who think you may replace them giving them reason to fire you. The sense of self-worth or content therefore only comes from the patients you serve. So if there’s anyone reading this with a bad past history consider carefully why you are pursuing a career in nursing for it better not be for pride, job security or decent salary. I use to be an advocate for anyone considering a career in nursing. After putting up with haughty and greater than thou attitudes I’d now consider against it. I’ve seen enough that nurses actually scare me now.

  116. Sharon Says:

    Disbelief

    Should Spelling be a Felony, or a Misdemeaner? Quote: …nursing is an “honourable profession”. Try honorable, yokehead.

  117. Sharon Says:

    “my situation is same as yours. Only mine was for shoplifting, first offense that happend 9 years ago.”

    I had 3 mx petty theft, (shoplifting booze-all) and dui which was 10+ yrs earlier. Was a practicing alcoholic then, and explained to BON I was no longer drinking, and they had no problem w it. So, let some time go by, and give reasonable explanation.

    Job: non disclosure: they probs wont hire you anyway if you tell them. If they find out they will fire you. Do a background record on yourself; why quiver in your boots wondering? Non of mine showed up anywhere, but it was before computerized databases. Go figure. Let them find their own bullet to shoot you w. Don’t ask me to supply you w it.
    Go figure.

  118. Naysonlygirl Says:

    I am a convicted felon in New York State and currently a nursing student. I am wondering if my felony from 10 years ago will affect me taking my boards. When I called the BON they told me that just because I have a felony doesn’t mean I can’t get my license everyone is looked at by individual cases. I’m just worried I’m gonna go through all this hard work for nothing. Can anybody give me some GOOD advice??? Keep the negativity to yourself cause I believe in miracles and God can do anything. Good luck to those out there trying to be somebody.

  119. Soworried Says:

    Please, i’m so worried about my situation can anybody give me advice? I currently live in GA, Almost 2 years ago i got a dui in my record. Just completed my probation last year december. I’m currently in college taking nursing prereq.but i’m sick worried if i’m going to scale through clinical requirement and BON.As a dui first offender, do i have any chance of making it through BON and getting my license? Please, somebody advice me.

  120. So scared Says:

    Hi everyone! I am so scared!!! I applied to NJ Board of Nursing for my lpn license, did my fingerprinting and am now wondering if this was all for nothing since I got tickets for speeding and reckless driving. No arrests or court appearance. Has anyone experienced this?

  121. Selfrom VA Says:

    hello all. im in the state of virigina studying nursing. i have a reckles driving and a blood refusal on my record. do these mesdemeters ruin my chances of getting licensed? please some one with exprience help me out here.?
    i also hav an asault charge but was not convicted.?
    Also, i have a long arrest history as a minor. do they go that far back into your past?. i dont know what to do!. any info would be great! thanks.

  122. marijuana posession dismiss Says:

    Hi Iam currently nurse student
    I been charged with a possession of marijuana my case got dismiss means not guilty

    my question is
    Do I have to report it to the State Board of Nursing ?

    or what can I do

    please HELP!!!

  123. Cassie Says:

    Yes, you will have to report it to the State Board when you apply for a license. Your application will direct you to disclose ANY dismissal, expungement, no lo, or conviction. Basically ANY time in the past that you were ever arrested. You will have to go to the court that dismissed the charges and get the official court documentation saying it was dismissed, and then write a letter of explanation. If you do not disclose your arrest they can deny your application to take the NCLEX, and it can take forever to get your appeal approved.

  124. B.K. Says:

    I was an opiate addict for several years. Was arrested twice for possession; first time charges were dismissed following successful completion of probation, second time resulted in a misdemeanor simple possession CDS conviction. Have been clean and sober since shortly after my conviction in 2004, and no new arrests. I’m in my first semester at a state Nursing School for ADN/RN, and the directors there tell me they think I should be okay with the state board. This is a second career for me; I’m no longer young and can’t blame my behavior on a youthful indiscretion. I’m due to graduate in December 2012, and would sit for the NCLEX early in 2013. At that point my conviction would be nearly nine years previous. I’ve been up front about my record all along, and am going on clinicals. I’m worried about licensure. Does anyone have any experience along these lines, words of advice or warning? I’m in Maryland. Thanks.

  125. G. Says:

    In February 2009 I (23 at the time) got into an escalated argument with my adult (drug addict) younger brother (see over 6 feet and pretty robust), who threatened me with a weapon. The particulars of the incident are pretty unsettling and upsetting, but the outcome was that I ended up being arrested instead of him and charged with domestic violence. The actual police report reads pretty poorly for my character, and is a tremendous work of fiction in its own right. They even cited my anatomy and physiology as morbid and indicative of a propensity towards violence!

    At the time I was a full-time student getting my general credits done so as to apply for nursing school. I already had a prior bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology (ironically I had also participated in a number of service projects for women’s rights the vice-president of the college chapter of psi-chi), have always been an honor student, and had no prior record.

    I plead in abeyance under a lawyer’s orders (I was led to believe that the charges were not up to family members to drop, as my state – UT – retains the right to press charges in DV matters)… completed the terms of my probation which led to a dismissal, and I have just had the charges expunged.

    I intend to apply for nursing school for next spring at the same institution as my fiance who has helped me through every stage of this living hell (I had to continue going to school full time to stay on my parent’s insurance, so I’ll have a bachelor’s in anthropology in May as well), but I want to know if I even have a chance at a future that I’ve been working towards or if I won’t even be allowed to do clinicals because of an incident with an unstable family member.

    Basically, is all of my expensive schooling and effort worth little more than my own edification or do I have a chance at actually being a nurse and having the life I want? Would I be hire-able after nursing school? I feel completely exasperated and terrified.

    Thank you for your time.

  126. Smitty Says:

    B.K. and everyone that is sitting on the edge of their respective seats,
    I have graduated, tested, and been licensed as an LPN. But the search for work has shown me that everyone is working the PC angle. (politically correct) Thats the only way I know to put it. I was in the top 5 of 50 in my class. Have excellent references and work history. This also would be a second career for me.
    Because of an incident involving my defending myself from a person with a knife 21 years ago, I cannot find employment. I slapped the knife from her hand. So with a simple battery charge I feel as if my time spent in school, along with the supportive comments from mentors and instructors, was for nothing. Correction, I did learn alot about human nature. I learned that my interest in healthcare was an interest that I wanted to continue. Pity party? No. Just writing how I feel. The state will license you, but it will be up to the facility to hire you. One misdemeanor for anything involving the act of violence or physical contact, and you might as well kiss it all good-bye. Substance abuse? I dont know. Have read quite a few episodes about DUI and drugs. Many have found jobs. Self-defense, and you are a convict with a rap sheet in the eyes of the healthcare system. All I can say is dont give up. There will be plenty that will have the nose in the air. Many who think they are perfect and unable to make mistakes. How fragile life is that they choose to knock those of us that have made mistakes and then think it could never happen to them. Do you realize how easy it would be for someone to have another arrested just by implication. If you live in a glass house dont throw rocks. Wait someone already has claim to that. Keep your chin up. Never give in. Never give up. Best of luck in a world of hipocracy. And to all who would be so critical, please excuse any typo’s.

  127. Brigitte Says:

    I have been accepted into Nursing school and, I was charged with forgery, but I was never arrested. I completed a deferred program in Arizona in 2002 and I was told to mark “no” on the box for ” have you ever been arrested or been convicted of a felony”. My background results come back clean, but I have to be fingerprinted sometime this month,do I disclose this to BON in Texas.

  128. bric0b Says:

    I would love to find the same info for california…does anyone know?

  129. cindyq29 Says:

    I’ve been working for 1 1/2 years already and now I have retail theft charge. this is my first time. I need some advice. please help.

  130. JazNia Says:

    Hello all I am so glad to hear that so many people were so successful in GA with obtaining a license. I was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of affray(fighting) two years ago when I was 19. I was found not guilty of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass which were the two other charges involved in the same case. It was the case of “baby daddy” drama. I was in a heated argument with my child’s father when his girlfriend decided to join in. I had planned to leave but a police officer was driving up so I stood there not to look like I was fleeing the scene. The girl hauls off and hits me and of course an altercation resulted. We both went to jail where I found out the police officer had not been driving up for our incident but for a call of a loose dog at the girl’s neighbor’s house. I have talked to several people including faculty and coworkers and they don’t see how the charge could hold me back from being licensed. But after reading some stories, I am scared I will not be licensed in time to begin work since the facility I am going to work at requires a license within 90 days of the hire date. I graduate in May but I am already getting my court disposition papers together. I was ordered to pay a $200 fine and was not put on probation or anything.

    PS. I was told I could get the record expunged but that I should wait 5 years before requesting it and I live in GA.

  131. Vivavegas Says:

    This may help alittle…Hi everyone. I have spent about an hour reading everyone’s story. I feel so bad for all of you all. I had a ‘worthless check’ conviction that was about 6 years old when I went to take boards. I was upfront on the application, sent an ATT number with a little delay, passed, with another little delay like about 3 weeks I was sent my license in the state of Tennessee. I have been a nurse for a year and I am triing to transfer it to Nevada. I just sent the ‘license by endorsement’ and will keep you all informed on their process when I get information. It really sucks having to constantly plead your case but its worth the time and hassle. Good luck to all you students.. I was scared to death too when they did my background check half way through the frickin program. Got through it with having to submit letters,verification the offence was taken care of, and interviewed with the hospital’s HR people just to do clinicals but they said they just want to keep the patients safe. So keep your head up and hopefully this helps.

  132. Megan Says:

    Hi all! I am from South Carolina. I am currently taking my prerequisites to get into the nursing program. I am almost done, but I am in the process of getting a couple of things expunged from my record. I was arrested for simple poss. of marijuana and paraphernalia. Those two charges are expunged. I also got arrested 5 years ago for simple assault and battery. That one is in the process of being expunged. Both of these arrests were not directly my fault, just at the wrong place at the wrong time, but I blame myself for being around it. I also have an open container charge, no proof of insurance, and busted headlight on my record. I understand these are all misdemeanors, but are they going to stop me from being accepted into the nursing program?? Someone please help!

  133. Vivavegas Says:

    As I found out Megan, each case is based on an individual basis. When you go to apply, seriously…just call the SC board of nursing. They are so helpful at telling you the truth. You could actually call them now just for a heads up. I just got my temp lic from Nevada after talking to the ladies about my ‘worthless check’ conviction and they said they were more interested in cases that were not taken care of yet and things that could harm their patients. A worthless check conviction is considered theft and it clearly states they don’t like it! But, after we reviewed my case..they said they feel fine with issuing my temp and waiting on FBI checks to come back. Those take forever. I don’t see where these would completely keep you from getting your license, they do look at how long ago these happened and how you have learned from the mistakes,and so on. But just call them now. Boy, do I know the pain from stressing about it. Remember it always takes longer for a ‘yes’ conviction applicant so dont stress on the time thing. Remember to always tell them about all the convictions. They said they can deny your application if you dont report something (they said not minor tickets from speeding) so always disclose them even if you get them expunged. I wish you luck Megan. Please update.

  134. Megan Says:

    Thanks Vivavegas! I just spoke with the lady from the judge’s office and all 3 charges(simple poss. of marijuana, poss. of paraphernalia, and simple assault and battery) were expunged completely. I was not found guilty for these 3 charges, but I was arrested. The other charges are still there, but she said those were just traffic violations and that they should not be a problem for getting into the nursing program. So you say I should contact the SC Board of Nursing and tell them even about the ones I just had expunged and explain myself, right? As it stands now, there are no misdemeanors on my record. So, when I go to fill out my application and where it says, have you ever been convicted of an unlawful crime, what do I check? Because even when it was on my record, it said not guilty. This area is a little grey for me. Also, do you have a certain number I can call for the SC Board of Nursing?

  135. Vivavegas Says:

    Absolutely report them. They do an FBI check which is like a VERY extensive check, it checks all ‘fingerprints’ ever done across the country. They revealed a stupid ‘soliciting without a license’ fine from like 1994 that I thought would never be on it. I was told the fine was simple and was not of their interest but still had to be reported. I called the place where it happened for a police report and it wasn’t even in their system. But I still had to get a letter reflecting this. Again, this was never a determined crime, just fees and a ‘conviction’ but it showed up. They find everything! Sorry about this, yes it is tons of additional headache and paperwork, but the board says to report ANYTHING even if expunged. Please, report anything other than those traffic violations (well of course if it wasn’t a hit and run -LOL). Seriously, call anonymously to the SC board and ask them. They will tell you the same thing. They look at ‘dishonesty’ as a very bad thing. Let the SC board know that they have been discharged (as mine was, I never had a charge-just a conviction for both). I have had to do this twice (Tennessee and Nevada), again, it takes tons of extra time but they can refuse you a license if you lie. Put your mind at ease and just call the SC board and shoot them some questions. It’ll make you feel better so you can just get on with your studies at school and get that well deserved license. You will be such a good little nurse! Keep me updated and I will answer your questions ASAP. Good luck fellow co-worker!

  136. Vivavegas Says:

    Woops, missed that last question Megan. Try this link for a number: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Nursing/. I believe the number at the bottom can get you help. Chow!

  137. mikerawaz Says:

    Wow after reading these comments for the last hour I am in both shock and calmed. I have 2 DWI’s in NY from 1999 both and 2 criminal possession of a controlled substance from 2001. All of my misdemeanors are from 10 + years ago so I am hoping that they are forgiven. I am in my first semester of school and am considering changing career paths. I was 4 classes away from my kinesiology degree at Arizona State University and decidedto put it on hold and try for nursing. I am starting to wonder if I should just go back and try and get my degree and go to grad school for occupational therapy. It seems that to be a nurse everything is so scrutinized. I did it, I am remorseful, but it was also 10 years ago, the DWI’s will be 13 years old when I am scheduled to graduate in 2012. I called the NY BON and the AZ BON and both placs told me that they cant say whether they would accept or deny me, although the NYS board told me the drug convictions would be something they really looked at. I really want to pursue nursing, but at the end of the day I want to be realistic about licensing AND getting a job. Any opinions on what I should do, go for nursing or maybe switch back to Arizona State?

  138. Megan Says:

    Thank you Vivavegas!! Thanks for ALL of your help and information. I really appreciate it! =) I will be in touch.

  139. Leslie K. Machuzak Says:

    It all depends on what state you are in. I had a felony in 2004 for prescription fraud and got my license back, however working in certain facilities like hospitals, government and frankly anyone who runs a background check can say no to my employment if so desired. I have been in front of the BON several times and lets face it the BON’s first responsibility is to safeguard the public. Some states are more conservative than others not to mention individual state legislature on the issue. I have helped a number of nurses find the info they need to move forward and at least try. I believe BON’s want nurses to have their licenses but it’s the public’s welbeing and what you have done to change your behavior or your debt to society. I had to jump through some serious hoops but I did it because I wanted to work as a nurse again. I live outside of DC so employers here run background checks like they run water. All anyone can do is try but it can be overwelming and sometimes people don’t know where to look. If anyone needs guidance or help, please feel free to contact me at lkmachuzak@yahoo.com. I eventually left nursing and went back and got another degree in health administration and policy, I’ll go into politics like all the other criminals (joke).

  140. MarycurrentRN Says:

    Okay. Ive been reading for quite some time now, but outside in the state of DE is rainy, so what the hay. Thanks to all for sharing your truths. some are happy, some sad, all are invigorating. Been nursing for approx 6 yrs. first in Iowa, then South Carolina. My license for SC is currently active. Recent transfer to DE, and was fingerprinted to get DE license. Background popped for a larceny charge while on active duty in the military in 1994. Wow. Im totally geeking out about this because i was under the impression that it was no longer an issue. it was judicial punishment in the military, but i paid my fine, barracks restricted, and went on to be honorably discharged in 1998. I feel horrible because i havent disclosed ANY of that info in ANY nursing paperwork. I didnt even consider that. the military is odd, i wasnt arrested, and everyone gets fingerprinted. ive given DE the requested paperwork, now i have to go in front of a board. im a 36 year old mother of 3, and this situation has reared its feral head. Ive had several background checks, and even have worked for a government owned facility. sheesh. I am not a public threat, and i am a great nurse. I cant stand that DE thinks im a liar. its nauseating. But, I know now right. wish me luck, and thanks for letting me vent. karli, and jan, and needingananswer and ofcourse Leslie, i will follow your comments for some time!! LUCK!!

  141. MarycurrentRN Says:

    discouraged…. how are things going?? Are you a great nurse now or what???

  142. Leslie Says:

    You will be okay regardless.

  143. Kevin kadian Says:

    I am goimg for a lab tech position I was accepted into the program I have about twelve misdemeanor conviction two dui one domestic violence.but I’m not a felon is there any luck of me ever getting a good job.i told my professor about my history and he said I’m fine but I think he’s just trying to give me hope.I dont need hope I NEED EMPLOYMENT is there any hope for
    For a guy like me.and if it means anything i never hit my wife I smashed a lamp cause I caught her cheating on me and since have won full custody of my kids.because she and that guy got hooked on pills.

  144. puckclaws Says:

    I have been an RN for the past 8 yrs, employed in the same facility.
    I recently resigned and am now looking for work. A little over 7 yrs ago I had an arrest for simple possession that was dismissed. The record was supposed to be expunged but I just discovered my lawyer dropped the ball and it is still on my record. My fault for not checking sooner. My question is how far back do potential employers go back in a background check? How do I handle this in the interview process? I am not financially able to wait for the expungement which could take several months according to the lawyer when I contacted him. Any information is appreciated..Thanks

  145. cindy911 Says:

    hello puckclaws, have you ever heard of non-disclosure agreement. when being interviewed with new/any employer you can say you have never been in jail, , , ect…..no one has to know. when employer looking at your rap sheet it will be blank.good luck

  146. Ann Says:

    Hi, I am currently taking prereqs for Nursing in TX. I have a 20 year old M drug charge and a 7 year old assault charge. I went to the BON website and there is a page that has lists of crimes and the action the board will take. Most F but not all are a automatic DO NOT ISSUE/DENY. Most of the M are ISSUE WITH STIPULATIONS dependent on time frame. If the M is over 5 years most are okay and the list states to issue licence. But it just depends on your crime.
    Here is the website if you want to look at it.
    http://www.bon.state.tx.us/disciplinaryaction/discp-guide.html

    I think that the government in the US does not know how to handle people and do not know the first thing in rehabiltation of minor crimes. Any person who had trouble in the past and that has not had any for 5 years knows that behavior is gone and that person is not a threat to any one. Why should innocent families be terrorized for something that happened 5 years ago. I think as citizens we have a right to know what our future holds. After a crime has been committed we need to exactly what jobs we can or cannot apply for. This way tons of money are not wasted on schools and giving the BON money to check our background. How do we know that the crimes were not someone elses fault? The laws need to change.

  147. WorriedsickGA Says:

    Hey everyone, I’ve spent the last hour or so reading everyones post.Uplifting and discouraging at ther same time. In 2007 me and my boyfriend at the time were arrested for conspiracy to manufacture marijauna.Its a federal felony. I did no jail time and only had to years probation and was rel;eased early due to good behavior. i can apply for an expungement in 2013. I just now beginning school so it will be at least 2 years until im in the nursing program. I spent 2 years in a treatment center and got the help i needed. Ive been clean and sober coming up on 4 years. I guess my question is is their anybody else out there in the same boat im in? I live in GA. open to any advice…thanks so much..Jennifer

  148. rainbownurse Says:

    I ve just sent out my rn license application and Im crossing my fingers! Was arrested in 2005 after a family altercation and charged with misdemeanor battery and misdem. poss . poss was dismissed that day and the battery was overturned with pc1203.4 ( dismissal) Im so scared of getting denied! never was in trouble before! Ive worked for the same doctor for over 13 years never any problems !!I just wish i could have a direct answer yes or no so i can relax! I feel like my paperwork doesnt reflect who i am !

  149. Jspiritual Says:

    I have read almost every comment. My problem is that I have finished all my prereq’s for nursing but cannot get into clinicals. The dean at my comm. college said because I have a 2001 petty theft (I was 19 and she said this one really didn’t matter). the big deal is a 2004 felony drug possession (my mom’s prescription pills were in my purse outside the bottle). Does anyone know in Ohio is the drug felony, now 7 yrs old, will disqualify me from getting licensed?
    Also, I think if I switch schools, I can get into clinicals. the dean at my school even said there are hospitals in the area that don’t do their own background checks on students, that they just rely on the school sending them students that aren’t trouble, and without even knowing me or how I have gotten straight A’s the past 2 1/2 years and have been clean under a doctors care for 5 years, she is just judging me on this one incident and won’t send me for clinicals for fear if i screw up i will tarnish the school’s reputation. I feel she is being prejudicial from the start. Any advice?
    One last question. The school did a background check and the previous mentioned 2 hits came up on my background. i have had a few other minor arrests (drunk and disorderly and a Dui.) Those did not show up and I realized that only the convictions that I was fingerprinted at the police station for showed. i was never fingerprinted when arrested for those other charges. So should I even disclose those if they are misdemeanors and don’t show up on a background check?
    Help please anyone, especially those familiar with Ohio. In writing this I see I have many hurdles from my past that don’t look good, but I feel it’s my calling and why God put me here is to work as a nurse. There is nothing else I am more passionate about. And I have learned from my mistakes also. It took me a long time to “grow up” and become an adult, but I did it. I am 29, and I just want a glimmer of hope…or the reality that I’m wasting my time.

  150. jlove Says:

    i am 22 years old i was convicted of a felony of issuing a bad check. i am taking pre reqs for my nursing program an plan to enter into the nursing program next fall of 2012 i was convited jan 2010 an have been on the straight an narrow ever since it was my first offense an i have never had a record before that. does anyone know if i will get accepted in to my program or what the effect could be. if possible of getting in with this offense would i have any chance of getting my license after graduation? please/ help and thank you all for the prior stories of encouragement.

  151. vivavegas Says:

    Hey there jlove. As you can read, I also had a worthless check conviction. Why is your’s a felony? Mine was not even charged, just had to pay all the fines and pay back the check..weird. But, anyway, each time I had to fill out an application, whether it be to sign up for clinicals, NCLEX’s, whatever.. always put this conviction down. They want honesty and to know that you have learned from your mistakes. I had lots and lots of hoops to jump through but each time was able to plead my case. I had no problem just had to wait like tons more time for everything to process. The nursing boards take every case on an individual basis, so every case is different. They are very nice. I have dealt with Tennessee and Nevada’s and always had a great experience. Good luck and let me know if I can help with anymore info. Good luck.

  152. jlove Says:

    my conviction was actually a misdemeanor of issuing a bad check…do you think I would have a chance to sit for clinical an further more sit for my license..? Thank you vivavages for the advice god bless..

  153. Georgian Student Says:

    I took the First Offenders under some pretty bad charges. Not that I was guilty, but affraid of being convicted, chancing the charges being on my record permittly, and serving time. I was broke and had a court appointed attorney that did not seem to bright in my opinion. Then again maybe he was doing his job being paid by the state and all. Maybe I did right by taking the First Offenders seeming how I talked to the police and gave them a statement thinking they would understand what happened was totally an accident. Long story short after my three years probation my record was wiped clean. The charges can still be found under public records, yet as required by law employers can only pull background checks from GCIS which is also fingerprint database for everything one has been arrested for. It won’t show up. I paid $15 for my background check at the shierriff’s office and it came back clean. If a charege was dismissed then it can be expunged from one’s record. One have to pay the police department in the county that he/she was arrested for that. I paid $25 for a dismissed charge to be expunged off my record. These are fees in Georgia and they may change at any time. I hope this helps.

  154. vivavegas Says:

    jlove, I DO believe you will be alright in the end. Just please be honest when asked about previous convictions! They are looking for honesty, that your fines are all paid, and a plan to change your ‘behavior’. Just know that every process along the way will be a bit of a hassle. I had to have a criminal check to do clinicals, yes I had to talk to the HR department just to do clinicals. The way most nursing boards work is they will let you sit for the test, take it and wait a little bit for their judgement on criminal convictions to clear. So, there shouldn’t be any laps in time for the NCLEX. See, I still battle with this conviction because I have moved to another state. I had to completly plead my case to the new state to be cleared for my new license. There was no problem anywhere. They all said it was a MUST to document it but this is not what they are looking for as far as convictions are concerned. Make sure your fine is paid in full, too. Keep in touch and good luck. Hope this helps. You will be fine in the end. Just know you are not alone, kido!!

  155. vivavegas Says:

    Georgian Student, please be careful with not stating convictions on your application for NCLEX/licensure. It states VERY clearly that if they find out you were convicted of a crime (even if expunged) and you didn’t state this on the original application, you can be denied licensure. This is in bold print. One of the procedures for application is a set of fingerprints that goes to the state FBI office. This info is then sent back to the nursing board for decisions. This is practiced in all states. Most all fines/convictions are seen at this level. Please talk to the nursing board with your individual case, you don’t even have to state your name. Just ask before sealing the application with a ‘no’ under convictions,please. Let me know if I can be of assistance to anyone. Been there, done that. It takes a bit of time to wait for additional approval but its the right way…good luck everyone!

  156. Cardiomyopaty Says:

    Hey everybody, I have graduated from Rn school and have passed my nclex, but I am waiting on my license. I have misdemeanors from 1999 and 1996. They include 2 public intoxications, a dwi, and a possession of paraphanellia. They are all at least 12 years old, and I am a completely different person. What can I say, I liked to party. I was 21 and stupid. It has been 10 days since I passed my nclex and have heard nothing from the state of Tennessee. I’m supposed to start work Monday but I can’t till I get my license! The hospital has no problem with any of this but I’m worried about the state! I have been told by everyone that this ” shouldn’t ” be a problem, but no one has said it will not be. I sent in all records, proof of completion of all penalties, and recommendations from several professors. I even sent a 4 page letter describing each incident and how I have changed my life and habits. I just really think it stinks that the state would let it’s citizens go to school for 4 years, pour their heart and soul into a life long dream and profession, just to deny it after the fact. I paid for my crimes 12 years ago, all I want is a yes or no before I commit to a 4 year program!

  157. TerrifiedInIllinois Says:

    I sat for my Nclex and passed no problem upon turning in my Licensure Application to the Illinois State board of nursing I was told that I have a flag on my background check.

    I think this stems from when I was 19 and was caught with a very small of marijuana. I was fingerprinted and taken to the police station and let go on bond.

    I appeared at court and when my case was called my lawyer spoke to the judge and the prosecutor and I was told that I was free to go, no jail time/probation/or rehab program.
    I was under the impression that the charges were dropped since I did not plea or have any sentencing.

    I have taken many background checks since then and I have passed them all up till now, those background checks were fro CNA licensure, nursing school, and even a US Coast Guard check for my Merchant Mariners Document.

    My questions are these:

    Am I in a lot of trouble? I thought that I was being truthful that I was never convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, and to the best of my knowledge this is true.

    They told me that I need to fill out a disposition and something else, can this happen for only an arrest record for having a small amount of marijuana?

    Has anyone deal with a similar situation and how did it turn out?

    Can anyone who has had an issue with the Illinois Board of Nursing approving their license and how long/expensive was it to reach a resolution?

  158. TerrifiedInIllinois Says:

    Sorry for all the typos and if it matters I am currently 29 so this was about 10 years ago.

  159. rainbownurse Says:

    I just wanted to give some nurses out there some hope! I had a misdemeanor battery from an altercation with a family member. I completed nursing school and sent in everything. I was completely honest about the situation and supplied all the information they requested including my PC 1203.4 which is a dismissal in california. I did everything required of me and more. With my fingers crossed I waited to get an answer from the BRN about whether I would be able to get my license and sit for the boards. Today I got my answer!! I was finally approved after 2 months of waiting. The BRN wants to be sure that you have learned from your mistake, taken accountability and made steps to better your life. BE Honest !!If this is the path you have choosen and really want then prove it to the BRN. They need to protect the patients.

  160. Proud2BeAMommy Says:

    Hi. I currently have my CNA & HHA licenses. I live in CA. And, I have had them since 2008. I am currently working through IHSS caring for my Grandfather and my Son who is disabled. I have never had anything on my record. I have always done good in school. And, always put my best foot forward. But, I recently got a misdemeanor for petty theft. . . I am very concerned that I will lose my licenses. And, that I will have no way to make ends meet. It was very stupid thing to do. And, I can admit my wrong and see that it should have never happened. I am 21 and I was with my friend. . . We got caught together and we both got the same charge. We do not even go to court until September. . . Can anyone please tell me what will happen. I am very afraid and nervous. And, I have been very depressed and crying everyday. I am very unsure of what to do. Please someone help me.

  161. TN-RN-BSN Says:

    Hi! I just wanted to share my story for all of those that were in the same situation as me. 7 years ago, I was arrested for possession of marijuana and paraphenalia. Then a month later I was arrested for possession of cocaine and tampering with evidence. Needless to say, this was a pretty dark but brief period of my life. I came home, went to therapy and dealt with all of the low self esteem issues that I was suffering from that brought me to this place. I now have a beautiful 4 1/2 year old daughter, and have graduated from a prestigious RN program in TN. All of my charges were diverted, and the coc/tampering charge never went to court (because it was an illegal search and seizure). Nothing ever showed up on background checks for school or for my graduate nursing position at a hospital here in TN. I sat for my NCLEX and passed, howevere I received a letter from the BON- my worse nightmare… a Cogent background search had uncovered my arrests. I was asked to submit court documents and a letter explaining the arrests and the changes I’ve made since then. I am happy to say that it took two weeks from the time that I sent my paperwork (including a letter from my psychologist)- and I am now an RN! All of my dreams have been fulfilled. My advice to all of you out there- never give up, be honest about your past mistakes, take responsibility and show all of the proof that you have changed your life. Good luck to you all!

  162. JA RN BSN Says:

    Hi everybody! I have been reading all the comments left regarding Jennifer’s situation and Jennifer, I am pulling for you and truly hope the very best for you. I do, however, want to tell my story as well. In 1984, I was working as a PACU nurse and was caught diverting narcotics. I was indicted by the grand jury in the county that I live in and subsequently charged and convicted of a felony regarding class 2 narcotics. I was placed on judicial probation for 5 years and also lost my nursing licenses for 5 years. I was also banned forever as a potential employee at the hospital where the incident took place. However, after 3 years, I had completed everything I was told to do. I did community service, went to therapy, and got my life back on track. My probation officer petitioned the court to revoke my probation and they did. I was also able have my license re-instated and the BON never questioned anything again regarding my professional life. Within 6 months, I was able to obtain a job at the hospital in the next county. I got this job because the HR director believed that people deserved a 2nd chance. I worked at this facility for 20 years without indident until the economy took a downward sprial and the hospital cut approx. 125 jobs, mine being one of those jobs because by this time in my career I was in a “nonessential” postion. That was 2008 and I have been unable to obtain employment since this happened. Folks, today we live in a society that is not accepting of a black mark on your record, even if you have never done another thing to put yourself in jeopardy. I have had some excellent and even promising interviews, only to be turned away because of what happened 27 years ago. I have looked into a possible expungement, but it is very expensive and I could not afford it. I have also asked the BON to remove the disciplinary mark from my license, and I was told once it is there, it cannot be removed. Long story short, I was an excellent nurse who made a crucial mistake that has now costed me my career. One thing that we need to keep in mind is that we are human beings before becoming nurses. Although as nurses we strive to be perfect, we are not. We can and will make mistakes and poor judgements. I am now 56 years old, not ready to retire, but because I did what I did and even though I have strived very hard to make up for it, I can’t fix it. Part of being a nurse is being a “fixer”. And this my friends is not an area that I can fix. My career is over and I am so sad. I loved being a nurse and was the 1st in my family to go to college and do something special with my life. So for those of you who made mistakes and know that you did and are doing everything that you can to “fix it”, I commend you. It is only when you realize how serious an infraction you have created that you realize what you have lost. Good luck to all of you and always do your very best, not just in your career, but in your life.

  163. Stacey Says:

    To: TerrifiedinIllinois

    So what happened??? You have me on pins and needles here. I so hope everything turns out okay for you. I think its ridiculous that they are dinging you for this when there own application says “CONVICTIONS” not arrests.

  164. GR Says:

    @JA: Sorry, but there must be something missing here. The cost of expunging one conviction is generally not an expensive or involved legal process. It is typically a very routine legal process. If you’ve spoken with an attorney who has told you that it is difficult and expensive then I would encourage you to search the Internet for “vacate conviction” or “expunge conviction.” There are firms who specialize in this in just about every state. So long as you have met the requirements to vacate the crime, i.e., enough time has passed, you have not been convicted of other crimes, and your state does not prohibit vacating the particular crime, then it should cost not be particularly expensive. If all of this is true then I would suggest you at least seriously look into it.

    I have a family member who was convicted in the early 1990’s of a felony drug possession that included ‘providing a premises …’ for the sale or distribution of narcotics. She spoke to a lawyer in 2003 about expunging it, who told her, “we generally don’t expunge crimes in this state,” but was willing to charge her a bunch of money to try. She was discouraged and passed. Two years ago, she searched the Internet and found all kinds of firms specializing in doing it. She paid $600, did not have to go to Court, and it was vacated about 3 months later. The first lawyer was wrong; it was just as routine in 2003 as 2009.

  165. benita Says:

    Arrest seven years ago due to assault charges that were later dismissed due to false info made by my husband. His anger issues led to a punch in my mouth, busted lip and broken tooth which led to an injury on his finger which he falsely stated i produced when in reality my broken tooth cut him. Fast forward eight years just finished nursing school got my licence and cant get a job been 2 months and i suspect when they do background checks my arrest record is showing up even though i was not convicted of anything. Alabama does not expunge records so what do i do to let employers know that i am the most compassionate caring individual that the nursing field could discover.

  166. Tina Says:

    Hello I was convicted of a misdermeanor criminal trepassing charge 25 years ago and I was accepted into the college of nursing to complete my clinical rotation. The director notified me to tell me that the nursing home where I will be performing my clinical will probably turn me down because I was convicted and they don’t care if it is a misdermeanor or not if it is a conviction that they are not goint to let me do my clinical. Can someone give me advice? Is this the prejudice of the nursing home or the director?

  167. Chip Says:

    Is it just me or am I off base? I am annoyed at seeing all these posts on this board that is supposed to be for those of us that are nurses already. I came to this line to hopefully see if someone has gone through what I am now and hopefully see what the result was. Instead all I am reading are posts from children saying that nursing is their “dream” then filling up the wall with nothing but what ifs.

  168. TerrifiedInIllinois Says:

    Hello all,
    I just thought I would stop by and share my story.
    2 months ago I stopped by this thread because I had just found out that my license was being withheld because of an arrest I had about 10 years ago for possession of cannabis.
    The BON sent me a letter stating that they could not finish processing my license application until I submitted a PERSONAL STATEMENT (explanation of events), and a CERTIFIED COURT DISPOSITION (court findings). While I was NOT convicted, I was told that even an arrest could be grounds to revoke my license.
    After hiring a lawyer, drafting a letter, and getting letters of recommendation, I submitted them all to the BON. I just heard back from them and was granted my license.
    My advise to anyone is to get ahead of the problem, take accountability but don’t make yourself out to be a villain, play up your strengths through documentation of achievements, acknowledgements, recommendations, and lastly hire a lawyer if you have any doubts and can afford to.

    While I never was convicted, I just wanted to share my story so that anyone else who is in my position might find hope in it.
    I also want to thank Leslie here on the forums for her encouragement. She has a post in this thread with her e-mail address, and also one of her own talking about her experience with her state BON. Thank you Leslie for your e-mails, it is greatly appreciated.
    -Dennis

  169. RY Says:

    I graduated from an RN school in June and passed my nclex. In 2005, I was young and stupid, I was arrested with a friend for using a stolen CC in 1995, the case was later dismissed in 2005 without me pleading guilty but I was required to pay restitution and did some community services. that was my only offense. Upon my application for license in the state of GA, I did not disclose my prior arrest since it was dismissed. I have been waiting for respond from BON for 6 weeks to let me know if a license will be issued or not. I am frustrated and do not know what to do because I couldn’t move on with my plans. Most hospitals require license number which I do not have yet. BON sent me an email to send information about my arrest which I did but I just realized that the letter I was required to write was not as detailed as the ones I have read in this blog so far. Do anyone have any idea if I have any chances of getting my license in GA? or should i move to another state to obtain my license. I do not know any lawyer to contact. Please advise.

  170. tm1 Says:

    After reading many of the posts, I have to say congratulations to those who have successful at getting their RN license.

    My question is a little differnt. I am relocating to Florida and sent my application to the
    Board. Due to my health history; I have to go in front of them for my license approval. I don’t have criminal background or discplinary action on my license and I completed all that was asked of me. Has anyone had to go before the licensing board for a “license for endorsment. If so any words of wisdom. Thank you

  171. Mrs. Carter Says:

    I just want to commend all of those who are trying to change their lives and make a difference. Noone is perfect and the only person who can judge us is GOD. For all of those who are trying to get up the nursing ladder,stay prayed up and I will pray for you all too, and for those who have made it up the nursing ladder please continue giving positive words to your readers. GOD BLESS you all:)

  172. TerrifiedInIllinois Says:

    @RY
    @TM1

    Sorry I have not stopped by in a month I have been busy with my job hunt.

    RY- While it would have been ideal to be specific and accountable for the event, all hope is not lost. BONs have a tiered system of review, first comes the dreaded letter and mail correspondence, then if the matter is not concluded, they will call you in for an interview, lastly, if they find against you, you are entitled to an appeal. Granted, this may take months and even years if you lose the appeal, but you may still have the opportunity to get attain your license.
    ***WORD OF ADVICE***
    State facts, as they occurred in the documentation, don’t say “I thought about it and I really wanted that shiny new ______ and I thought it would be a victimless crime so I charged it to the stolen CC”, instead you should say “At the time, I was with my friend who was in possession of a stolen credit card in XYZ store. Regrettably, the reason that I stand before you now is because I was party to the attempted use of the card.”
    Don’t deflect blame, take accountability, but again don’t paint yourself as a horrible person. It was a mistake, I know you regret it, make them see your remorse as well as your acceptance for your part in the act. Detail what you have done since then, what you have learned, why you know that you will never do anything to jeopardize your future again, and why as a future nurse, you need to hold yourself to a higher standard.

    @TM1
    I have heard about these types of interviews, they will most likely ask a bunch of seemingly random questions such as: what is your home life like, what are your hobbies, what is it about nursing that appeals to you?

    These questions are aimed at figuring you out as a person, and what makes you tick. If they think you are addicted to pain killers due to your past medical history and because you are moving out of state, they most likely won’t come at you with “do you abuse narcotics?” Rather, they will ask questions that revolve around what is important in your life, to an addict, those answers would be hard to find, since drugs are the primary focus of an addict, and all ADLs revolve around them. Don’t worry too much about what they suspect, just answer from your heart and trust that your passion will shine through.
    ***ALSO***
    They may also ask you to provide documentation of your entire nursing education. Be prepared for this. In order to do so, you should have on-hand a copy of every course syllabus you can track down, a copy of your nursing skills proficiency checklist from nursing school, any documentation you can find detailing the number of clinical hours you served during your education, and any other education related documents you can request from your school of nursing or dig out of the file cabinet.

    ***Every nurse should maintain a record of their education with anything even remotely relevant filed away somewhere safe***

    It may be a little late for you but I want to stress this point because it is an easy way to slow down or revoke a license if they have a bad hunch about you.

    If you don’t have some of these documents, call to schedule a visit to your School of Nursing, the office staff may be able to dig up the necessary documentation.

    Good luck to everyone reading this.

    As a RN, I want to tell you that I am not perfect, and I don’t expect my peers to be. What I do expect out of them is the same values that you will find plastered all over this board: honesty, ability to admit fault, being able to learn from past mistakes, striving to better oneself and the quality of care that they deliver.

    Above all else I expect compassion and understanding, REGARDLESS of whether or not you agree with who someone is, or what they have done. We are all frail and imperfect beings, lets approach each other from that perspective and empower each other to strive towards the higher goals of self betterment. I understand that not all nurses are able to function safely, fortunately, that is not our judgement to make.

    I’ll get off my soap-box now.

    -No longer Terrified

  173. Jordan in SC Says:

    Hi all,

    I have gone through this same situation and wanted to tell everyone my story. I was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in 2004, this is a felony. I pleaded first offenders and was granted it, the charge was also dropped to simple possession of marijuana, which means the record of the arrest and final dispo were sealed except for FBI records searches (which Boards of Nursing and health care agencies conduct). I applied for a state license with South Carolina by exam. I checked yes on the application about the conviction question. It also stated on the application to mail in court documents and to write a description of the event, which I was working on when I got my ATT. So, I decided to not mail that in, I would call them back one I found out if I passed NCLEX. Any way, I passed, and they issued me a license! No questions, nothing. This was about 2 weeks ago. I prayed and prayed and the good Lord answered my prayers. I have had 2 interviews already and have only been applying to jobs for 1 week! I go on my second interview tomorrow, and have disclosed my past on every application. Like no longer terrified in illinois I state what occured, when, how much I regret it, and that it is no reflection of my current character, also my age of 18 at the time the arrest occured. Good Luck to all of you who pursue Nursing. Don’t let a past mistake stop you. Pursue your dream. All things are possible through Christ!!

  174. becky Says:

    I’m 26 years old and I am now married with a 3 year old son. Hes getting old enough now so I can finally go back to school. I really wanna do nursing but in 2004 I had a charge of theft on my record(I was 17 when charged). I paid my fines and did community service. Now my question is will this not allow me to go through with nursing?

  175. Another Ol’ Hippie Says:

    Can anyone give me advice or positive info on my situation? I have passed my NCLEX and my application is going for review on Oct 25th. I have an LSD possession charge from 17 years ago at a Grateful dead concert in NY. It is a misdemeanor. NY does not seal or expunge records. I am wondering if this could prevent me from obtaining a license. I wonder if there are certain drugs that will absolutely prevent you from receiving a license? Does anyone know where I could find this information?
    I am nervous. I have worked so hard for this and have learned so much throughout nursing school. I want the opportunity to shine!

  176. TerrifiedInIllinois Says:

    @becky
    @Another Ol’ Hippie

    Becky,
    In your case, I’m inclined to say absolutely not. This offense happened when you were still a minor. You have two routes that you can choose, (A) Have your juvenile record sealed, or (B) Be up front about your history when sitting for the NCLEX, either route is viable. Personally, I feel that the time and the money you will spend petitioning to have your record sealed is worth it, however I would still divulge it on my NCLEX forms. I would also type up a description of what happened and how I have matured and learned from this event and bring it with me to paperclip to my forms.

    Hippie,
    Unfortunately, your state does not clearly define what is an immediate grounds for revoking a license request.

    In Article 639
    ยง6905. Requirements for a license as a registered professional nurse.

    It states:
    Character: be of good moral character as determined by the department.

    Furthermore in:
    Practice Alerts and Guidelines
    Frequently Asked Practice Questions,it states:

    If I have been to court for an alleged violation of the law can it affect my license?

    Answer: Yes. Conviction of a misdemeanor or a crime may affect your license. You are required to answer the following questions on your re-registration form.

    Have you been found guilty after trial, or
    pleaded guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any court?
    Are criminal charges pending against you in any court?
    A “yes” answer will trigger a review of your circumstances. Please note that the courts often notify the Office of Professional Discipline when a known licensee is convicted of a crime.

    Unfortunately, this means that your state has a blanket clause that does not distinguish between offenses other than abandonment and child abuse.

    For more information, you should call the NY BON and be upfront and ask all relevant questions you may have. They are the only ones with all of the facts. You can also google “NYBON Drug conviction” to get a feel for other peoples experiences with the New York Board of Nursing, but take them with a grain of salt, the most extreme cases on either side are more likely to be represented in any forum.

    I would also:
    Get at least 3 good character references from nursing instructors, compose a typed letter of explanation about the events, (please read my post dated Sept 20th 2011), and go to the court in which you were tried and get 1-2 copies of your court disposition, (ruling).

    As far as I can tell, there is no mention of Drug charges whatsoever in the NYBON documents.
    I know I haven’t answered your question, but the ambiguity they use in defining moral conduct is purposeful, it allows them to take each incident on a case-by-case basis. You should try to work this to your advantage, and show that you’re a person that deserves a chance.

  177. TerrifiedInIllinois Says:

    @Becky
    In rereading my previous post I realized I should have been more clear, you could choose BOTH option (A) and (B) or option (B) by itself, I would not advise just going with option (A).

    I said choosing both (A) and (B) is what I would do, because it puts you in a better position to seek employment should you get your license.

  178. AlexFlorida Says:

    Hi everyone, I am completely terrified whether or not I will be able to get my RN license. I am convicted of a DUI and reckless driving which happened last year. I have not taken the NCLEX yet, its coming up soon. Does anyone have any information whether or not this will restrict me from getting the license?

  179. Dawn Says:

    I am an LPN in NC. I became involved with a patient while working in a correctional facility. (Yes, very stupid) I was arrested and charged with a felony. I went before the board and was allowed to keep my license. I went to counseling, on my own and through the grace of God found a job which I have had for almost 5 yrs. I REALLY want to go back and get my RN. I made a terrible choice 5 yrs ago, but I am a good nurse and want to move forward. The NC Board told me that since I had met all the requirments that they set for me and have been released from probation with them that they do not have a problem with issuing me a license. Problem: Every school that I have checked with says that they will take me but if any hospitals refuse to allow me to participate in clinicals at their facility then I would be dropped from the program. Does anyone know if any of the hospitals in NC will allow me to take clinicals or even work there once graduated and licensed? It is humiliating every time I have to retell this story, esp. to nursing administrators. Any advice is welcome. Thank You

  180. chief Says:

    Can anyone explain the point of getting a criminal record expunged if it will still show up on a federal background check?
    I mean, sure- your crimes will be listed as expunged, but they are still listed, right?

  181. itzbeendifficult Says:

    I want to share my story too. I graduated with an AA in psychology and and AS in nursing May 2011. It took me 5 months to get approval to take the NCLEX from Ga BON. Now I am waiting for board review of my criminal history…. I have been arrested four times in my past. When I was 18, 17 years ago I was with another teenager who tried to steal alcohol from a convienience store which we both planned on drinking = petty theft charge. I completed court requirements and adjudication was withheld. When I was 19 I was arrested for possession on cocain with paraphanalia. I went through a pretrial diversion and completed the inpatient treatment requirements successfully so the charges were eventually dismissed after 10 years. In 2000, I was arrested for paraphanalia and the charge was dropped. In 2001 I was arrested for contempt of court for failure to appear. I struggled a bit with sobriety when I was younger. I would stay sober for a couple of years and relapse. I did this a few times until I finally was able to live without every drinking alcohol. I partied when I was younger so it was difficult for me to live without ever drinking but darn it when I drank I got in trouble! Now it has been over 10 years since I was last arrested. I finally decided it would benefit me to stay sober and never drink Nov 3rd 2003. So that’s my sobriety date. I submitted letters of explanation, and court final dispositions to the GBON, took the NCLEX and passed, and now I’m waiting inpatiently to find out if I will be able to practice nursing. In the mean time I have been working at an awesome not-for-profit hospital for over a year as a nurse extern. I want very much to continue working at the hospital because being there for people when they need someone to be there for them makes me feel good. ๐Ÿ™‚ I knew I would have to make my plea with the board one day. I hope that I submitted enough information about myself to get approval. I have been fearful for the past week and have found a great deal of comfort in reading the posts on this forum. I sat for the NCLES Dec, 28th. The GBON met for reviews and other matters on Jan, 17, 18, 19, and 20th. So I’m very anxious to find out what they have to say about me. I’ll let you all know when I find out. Please lets pray for each other!

  182. itzbeendifficult Says:

    You won’t believe this… the day after I made the last post the GBON approved my license! I’m an RN without any stipulations. I will be more vigilant with protecting my license because it was so difficult for me to achieve. I am so thankful to God and the GBON for giving me a second chance at life. I prayed after my original post that all of those with a criminal history who have truely changed and want to help others be granted the authorization to be healthcare givers. Thank you for any who also prayed. Never give up. It took me 5 and half years to get my nursing degree, 6 months to get approval to take the NCLEX, another month to prepare for the NCLEX, and one more month to get approval from the GBON for licensure.

  183. Keeping strong Says:

    Hi guys..I just wanted to share my story. I have been an LVN for 3 years and was charged with theft conviction in 2011. I went to RN school and graduated December 2012. My school did do a background check but I had disclosed everything when I applied for the program. I didn’t have any trouble getting into clinics and I have a LVN job. I sent in my paperwork to the BRN 2 weeks ago. I sent all the documents they require. I wanted to know if they will issue me a ATT while my application is in review. Also, for those who are discouraged about nursing school. Don’t be! We are not bad people. We made mistakes and now are learning from our mistakes. I have faith that every situation works itself out for the best. Keep strong faith and everything will be fine. We just have to wait a little longer..but just remember good things come to those who wait. I will keep everyone updated on what the BRN decides.

  184. Keeping strong Says:

    I meant to say graduated in December 2011

  185. AspiringRNinGA Says:

    Thanks Jennifer for all your responses like many others, has stated your story is the most up lifting in spirit. I’m applying for the nursing program and beginning my journey in becomming a nurse this year. Being how your story touch so many you should consider started a non-profit of some sort. THANKS!!

  186. itzbeendifficult Says:

    I was hired as an RN at the hospital where I had been working as a nurse extern at. I also had two other hospitals call me for interviews. Looks like the job outlook is good for new grads with tainted histories!

  187. Ing Says:

    My first thought is why you went to nisrung school for 2 years before checking into whether you could get a license or not? Anyway, what’s done is done. At least you’re trying, or say you are trying.I don’t think you have much of a chance with that record, but really don’t know the details. Most professional jobs that require a license (nurse, teacher, etc.) won’t certify people with a felony on their record. Why? Because we want people who are morally sound working with our children and sick loved ones. Who wants to take the chance that you won’t look in a patient’s wallet and write down their credit card number.? You did it before, and you could do it again, as you stated.I don’t know the answer, but maybe there is a way to go back to court to get it reduced to a misdemeanor. Maybe you can change your name legally and take a chance that your past won’t be resurrected.You should also check out trade schools and learn a skill like welding or truck driving. I would think such places would not require someone to have a clean record, and would take a chance on you if you’ve tried this hard and have been clean this long.To be honest, I think you should be given another chance, but I wouldn’t hire you before others who didn’t make the mistakes you did.As my ma used to say you made your bed, now you have to sleep in it. Make the bed again until it fits.

  188. Scott E. Troutman Says:

    I am continuing my education in hopes of attaining a ADN. (Associates Degree in Nursing) What is the likelihood/unlikelihood of landing a job? The conviction is over 6 years old. It was for theft under $500. I have not hired an attorney yet to have it expunged, because im not sure what good it will do.They say some people(schools, hospitals) will still be able to see the record. Doesn’t it “expire” after seven years anyway? This was my only arrest, only conviction, and no drugs were involved. I was 20. I hope it doesn’t ruin the rest of my life. I’ve grown up a lot. Thanks for input! ~CPR classes in Dallas

  189. tly Says:

    I am going to school for nursing (RN) and I want to make sure that I can start clinical without any problem with my background. I committed a crime of Aggravated assault in 2008. I had a scissor in my hand when as I was arguing with someone and I did not hurt that person at all. It was not in my intention to hurt some one. I took the first offender act back in 2008. Can any one with this similar situation help me? I want to finish school and achieve my goal of becoming CRNA.

  190. tly Says:

    By the way I am in the state of GA.

  191. rondodondo Says:

    Know that ANY state board of nursing is not your friend. They are there for the public’s protection only and could care less about you as a person or nurse. They are there to take your money and that’s it. No one is in the nurses corner esp. the state boards of nursing. Who knows what they will do as it appears they answer only to themselves. Good luck……….

  192. caregiver Says:

    i have a dui about three 3 years old and one that happend right after that about 5 moths from the first one pending in court witch i am fighting cause i was not driveing iwas at a friend house drinking and my beother had my car and hit a fence a then broufht the car back and droped it off and went to his girls house down the road and didnt tell me anything. the cops came and knocked on the door and asked whos car that was i said mine the said it had hit a fence i was like noway and because i had been drinking and it was my car the took me in for a hit and run and dui my brother later came forward and confesed but i was still charged cause the report had already been made but i later won my dmv hearing but am still waitin on the crimnal case and i havent had a drink in almost 2 years i attend aa meetings and want to become an lvn so bad iv worked in care homes for almost 6 years and love helping people but i dont want to wasit my time or money if the wont give me a lic please some one give me some advice im in californiasoory about the spelling etc im using a phone to post

  193. bobbi Says:

    help-I am a rn in oklahoma…signed a consent/stipulation not realizing the full ramifications..the investigator told me I still could keep my other state license..lie-and that by signing the consent it would not mean I was admitting to guilt..it would be the easiest thing to do…wow..so my old director…a prior friend of mine..reported to the bon-that I made at least 4 med errors in one nite…3 iv piggybacks not hung,,one iv tubing from pca pump found on the floor,,,and med error was on 7a shift-pt came back from surgery and yes at 0000 hrs we ck our mars and it should have been normal saline instead of 1/2 ns…never was my license suspended, revoked, no narcotics involved, what so ever…but now I am marked for life…Calif and the other states have yanked my license…i was stupid not to have counsel with me when I first met the investigator, this attorney I just paid 1800 $ request the hospital to release my employee file…they refused,,she wants 10k for retainer to file appeal in circuit court…and she still says that the consent may not be overturned..I have the doctors all on my side…and yes when I was initially interviewed I was severely depressed-under Dr’s care-had ECT for depression..the lawyer says they should not have interviewed me while still under a Dr’s care…the Dr. has given me a letter stating that due to the depression caused by this situation I would not have understood the full ramifications of what I signed….can not find work….hate Oklahoma but with a discipline on my record forever and ever….how will I go on….how will I survive..I am 55…feel 85…please I have been told by everyone this is hopeless, the time frame is over, and I must move on…….any advice-please send….thanks….oklahoma-bobbi

  194. TN-Hopeful Says:

    Hello I live in Tennessee, and I am hoping to get into the nursing program at my community college. I too am nervous about my background check. I wonder how far they look back. In 2006 I was charged with domestic vandalism. It is a misdemeanor. So the only thing I can do is pray. If I do not get to do my clinicals then I have to find another career path. I am optimistic still.

  195. Karl Says:

    Some thoughts to share regarding the process of becoming a nurse, and getting a license with ANY arrest, for ANYTHING:
    * You ‘must’ self report any arrest, or any history of any arrest, to your BON, or to a potential BON if you want to relocate, regardless of whether you think your arrest will not be found out, or regardless (increasingly) of whether a conviction was ‘expunged’.
    *A nursing school is in business to make money. They will not refuse you, even if they suspect your history will prevent you from obtaining a license, nor even if they suspect a clinical site may refuse to allow you to participate, in which case (or either case), you will have wasted years, and tons of money chasing a pipe dream.
    *The BON will tell you that they can’t tell you if they will allow to to take the boards, because ‘each case is individual’. However- until you have graduated from nursing school, you cannot even APPLY to take the boards, so you will be in limbo even if you graduate! (NOTE: A few states will give a candidate a conditional ‘pass’ that, if they graduate, and have no further legal action against them, they will agree that you can take boards. But this is a stretch, and a huge risk, as noted above).
    *Even if you get into school, graduate, take the boards, and are granted a license? You still have the daunting task of GETTING a job, and as mentioned in other posts- certain convictions preclude employment in certain areas.

    This is a serious topic, with much bad information, and I know of too many people with a record that have ended up, at the end, either without a license, or unable to obtain employment with an arrest record- regardless of conviction or acquital or expungement or whatever.

    Finally, again- if you are arrested, or have been, regardless of when, why, where or what- you cannot hope to hide that fact, from anyone, anymore.

  196. CCT2010 Says:

    Hi, just wanna know the update of your application Keeping strong or anyone who have the same situation with me? i wanna apply for ATT to the BON CAlifornia but i have an arrest of petty theft last feb. 2012 but dropped/dismissed because i got a Alternative Prosecution Program and finished it last Sept. just wanna know if i can get the disposition of my case already do you think guys can i still get a License. Please Reply thank you

  197. Yolmar Says:

    I am currently working on my application for nursing school after completing the entrance exam and will prepare to disclose and discuss my misdemeanors from 20 yrs ago. I know from being in the workforce the last 20+ yrs and thru several background checks you are much better off explaining your situation than checking no and lieing. It’s probably not going to be a cake walk for me but I won’t give up. I’ve worked too hard and desire very much to give my care and compassion to our patients who deserve it the most. If it means applying in all if the U.S. states, I will!!!!

  198. Sean Says:

    @Disbelief-You are an idiot. Your comments show that you are not only a hypocrite who has never been caught, you are also probably an awful nurse. You are insecure so you jump in a post to give the ‘holier than thou’ speech. You should have been a cop. They like to bash the law breakers even though they break the law themselves. Unlike you, these people have the spine to admit what they have done wrong and want to change. You are a gutless coward who preys on people’s flaws and mistakes because it makes you feel good. Deep down inside you tremble with fear that someone may see you for who you really are. Fake and in dire need of acceptance and recognition.

  199. April Says:

    i was accepted to nursing school last year I put it on deferment until this year in September. When I did my application for school had no record was arrested for retail theft and they dropped it down to disorderly conduct, I’m nervous because it is now time to do my background and everthing and I have not told the school yet I’m wondering should I call before I do FBI background or wait and see. I’m also concerned about if I will still be able to attend. It was my first arrest.

  200. Alana Nelson Says:

    Hi all…I’m graduating from nursing school next month (lpn) in NJ.I have a petty theft from 2002 which I pled guilty and paid a fine, the other is a mj charge from 2012 in which was conditional discharge, anyone know how lenient the NJ BON is with these charges?

  201. Sarah Says:

    Hi, I just got accepted into a nursing program and have the same charge Jennifer had, mine being 11years ago. Did anyone have problems getting into clinicals?

  202. Demariee Says:

    Hi guys, I am a 35 year old single mother of five children. I have been through a lifetime of hell. I live in Ga. I have a list of misdemeanors, but no felonies. I was recently accepted into nursing school ADN, but my dream was shattered because one of the clinical sites used by my school would not let me complete my clinical rotations there because of my background (which includes 4 dui’s and some other stupid things that I have done). I wrote a letter to GBON, telling my life story, and asking if the board will allow to take the NCLEX. Nursing is my dream. I need prayer. I don’t blame anyone for the things on my record except me! All I want is the chance to show my children that no matter what you have done, you can always change your life for the better. I have been fortunate enough to get into another program, but I still want to one day reapply for nursing school. Do you guys think I have a snowball’s chance in “you know where” to make it? In the past 3 years, since my last offense, I have really changed my life. I have a 3.8 GPA, and I scored really high on the entrance exam to the nursing program. I need to know if all is lost or should I keep pushing for my dream……HELP!!!

  203. wantingtobehopeful Says:

    I’m living in oklahoma and am applying for nursing school….8 years ago I was 21 and partied way to much and was involved in all the things that went along with that…i was arrested twice within four days of each other for different offenses…the first was a dui and possession of stolen property and use (credit card) …sadly I don’t even remember this night. A few nights later I was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. The Dui was changed to a wreckless driving and the credit cards were dismissed and deferred. The felony control substance was dismissed once I completed 2 years of probation and in conclusion I have never been convicted of a felony. Eight years later I have never been in trouble again, other than an occasional speeding ticket, but I havent had one of those in over 3 years now :). I don’t do drugs or drink and am a great mother (my saving grace to maturity). My only wish is to be a better mother at providing for my daughter. I’m embarrassed of my past and only want to move forward. I’m worried that its too much to get the green light.

  204. frecalo Says:

    Hi folks! Read all the success stories on here & they’re very hopeful indeed! In my situation – around 5 years ago, I was living in New Mexico & I was a server, I accidentally served alcohol to a minor & got arrested. It was a 4th degree felony but they dropped it to a misdemeanor due to me having no prior record. A year later, I got arrested for disorderly conduct, this case was dismissed, thank God. I now live in Texas & I will be applying for nursing school soon. My question is: will I still have a shot with getting in to nursing school? And should I even mentuon about the disorderly conduct arrest that was dismissed?

  205. Just a thought Says:

    I Love this subject. State troupers in Michigan only have to wait 4 years from the date of a DUI before they can join the academy. Additionally it all seams to be a non issue for med students. I know many a med student that disclosed their substance abuse history to explain strange transcripts and poor GPAs.

  206. rhonda Says:

    I relocated from Colorado to North Carolina. I hv a misdermeanor from 1991. I went from a cardiac tech to private cna for agency. The hospitals will not hire me. I had some good interviews and great references response. I’m in school for my RN lic right now. My fear is not being able to get lic or find job??? Anyone???

  207. kaysmom Says:

    My daughter starts a CNA class in a month. She has just resently been convicted of a POM which happened in June of 2013. It was a misdemeanor charge. I am afraid she will not be able to get a job as a CNA with this on her record. Any comments or advice. She passed the criminal background check to take the class, but this wasn’t on her record yet.

  208. iLiveNursing Says:

    OK I am sooooo happy I stumbled upon this site! I just graduated nursing school October 2014. Scheduled to take NCLEX on December 2,2014…..get ARRESTED hours before the test. Needless to say I made it on time and PASSED!!! But now I have a pending case of false reporting to the police in which I have pleaded not guilty. Do u all think I should contact BON because my initial background check to even test was clear? ! Should I Wait For Next Court date?! As of today it’s been 10 days since I passed nclex and my name isn’t listed yet under current licensure I AM SO FREAKING OUT

  209. Jcruz81 Says:

    I am currently enrolled into a nursing program with national university but have some concerns regarding my past criminal history both Juvenile and adult. In 98′ I was falsely accused and charged with rape as a minor a felony charge but was later convicted of a lesser charge a misdemeanor then in 2002 was convicted with felony possesion of marijuana which has now been reduced to a misdemeanor. Although i am deeply concerned with both charges the arrest when I was a minor is the one that concerns me the most. Does anyone out there have any advice, expereince, or suggestions? anything would be greatly appreciated

  210. Justin Says:

    I desperately need a career to be able to support my family and I. Last year I was arrested for marijuana possession.Im kind of stressing whether or not id be able to even attend classes much less take the nclex exam. Personally I would think a first time offender like me would not have much to prove regarding good character or moral turpitude from one single arrest. It happened a year ago which makes it from then now a year and a few months. Im soon going to get this single arrest removed from my record by means of an expungement. Would this be enough for me to move on and try to go and succeed??

  211. reney Says:

    I finished RN, ADN last fall. I have 4 dui’s over a decade, the last 2 in 2009. I disclosed all my charges to each school I applied, and when it was time for BON, the same. I was issued the ATT within a week and tested within the month. I finished school, 9 months ago. I have had only 2 job offers and each has been rescinded because of my background check. My last conviction was over 6 years ago. I have offered proof of recovery and everything else asked. I believe, I’m not ever getting a job. All my classmates have jobs, I know nurses who have had dui’s expunged, which is allowed in our neighboring states after 5 years. I am giving up.

  212. Donovan Says:

    I just got accepted to nursing school. I was charged with driving under suspension (2011) and simple possession of marijuana (2014) my clinicals dont start til 2017 but i am concerned I may be rejected. My adviser said that I should be fine, but I am still nervous. Any advice?

  213. schwanda Says:

    So I was arrested in california for welfare fraud 2003..petty theft 1996. With welfare fraud my mom lived with me and I didn’t disclose that she lived in n the same house and she was receiving her disability. Well because she wasn’t requesting any help from the government I didn’t think there was a need to add her name to my food stamps application. Years later I was charged with welfare fraud, I was also charged never convicted of assault and battery which was dismissed the person lied and brought charges up against me that were not true. All this was before 2003. Well I graduated in July submitted my application for nclex in September. Sat for nclex and passed October 30th first try. I’m thinking everything was all well. To recently find out that I have to wait for the board to review and make a decision. I am in Georgia and losing it. I was told that the board meets on Nov 18th this and I’m thinking if I should attend the board meeting? This ordeal had made me crazy. I’ve also read all the comments that in hopes that it will bring me some comfort but my anxiety is through the roof

  214. schwanda Says:

    UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

    so I sat for nclex October 30, and I had several cr ok minakshisharma01@ymail.com convictions rsng I ng from welfare fraud, to battery, to theft and I was initially told by the board it would take 2-3 months to hear something back. Well, I received my license number via email November 13, and I am officially Schwanda Crawford, RN. to all of you keep your head up and pray and release your worries to God.

  215. Anthony Trejo Says:

    I am looking into going into nursing. I am applying for hursing schools for this upcoming fall, but I am not confident. I have been convicted of a felony for a drug sales case but have filed to get it reduced. I dont know what to do! I am confused and undecided, but I dont want to give up on my dreams.. I have come a long ways.. I live in Ca any advice??

  216. jane Says:

    I was convicted of Id theft in 2005 I spent nearly 4 years in prison. The crime originated in Virginia my so called friend at the time worked at a hospital and would take patient information and forward them to my house, where I in turn signed for them as well as expensive items. Fast forward I came out went back to school and did my life over. I graduated from a Nursing program, checked yes on the application. I received my Att thinking every thing would be ok and then it hit me! I had to submit all my paper work etc… well 2 months later I did better than that i retained and attorney, went for an INFORMAL interview and they basically said “this does not mean no, we just want you to go to a FORMAL moral character hearing. what does that mean? this is driving me crazy one mistake and now every thing is contingent on it.

  217. done dirty Says:

    I live in VA and was recently charged with A&B, disorderly, and two counts contributing to minor. All those were dismissed cause I was viciously attacked and literally did nothing to fight back to save my nursing license. I was also charged with possession MJ and took the first offender plea to have that dismissed as well as I was afraid if I faught it, it would result in an automatic conviction. It will be dismissed as well. However, reading these I’m terribly concerned about renewing my license. I have been an RN for 19yrs and I would love to use this forum to divulge how corrupt and totally wrong the system can be when they are literally out to destroy you but that’s neither here nor there as the BON’s job is to be judgmental and that’s who I’m worried about now. Since all these charges will be dismissed at my license renewal, does anyone have a solid on advise on if I should start explaining now and any projected expected outcome for me. I passed a witnessed drug screen as soon as I got out of jail and have been taking them ever since.

  218. Need advice ASAP! Says:

    I am super worried and need advice ASAP. I just graduated from school with my BSN in Alabama. Yesterday, I applied with the BON. When I got to the question asking about criminal records and arrest/conviction records, I called my dad to reaffirm what my lawyer had told me to do: He told me to select “No.” So I did, moved on and submitted my application. But me being nervous and panicky, I began to read blogs and advice columns on similar issues, and now know that I may have made a mistake.
    When I was 19 years old, I got invited by my cousin to go to a festival celebration. I barely knew anyone in the group, but I was very close with my cousin, so I went. While we were at the festival, I had volunteered to be the designated driver. Around noon, one girl decided to buy alcohol and put it in my purse since it was the only one large enough to hold it. While we were standing in the crowd at the festival, a guy holding a water bottle full of red wine (discreet) standing right by me suddenly shoved the bottle in my hands and said “hold this one second.” Suddenly, I felt someone grab my arm and yank my body around. I was looking at a police officer who yelled “Give me that bottle he just handed you and come with me!” I was lead to an area a few feet from my group, where I watched the guy who had passed me his bottle get handcuffed. I then remembered I had the girlโ€™s alcohol in my purse. The cops then searched me and found it. I told the cops it wasn’t mine, looking straight at the girl who it actually belonged to. They told me they didn’t care, and that since I was holding the purse, it was mine. I took the fall for a group of people I barely knew. The designated driver. ๐Ÿ™ I was charged with a minor in possession.
    I hired a lawyer, went to court, and had my record wiped and sealed. The judge even canceled the requirement of completing alcohol education classes that are usually protocol in AL for an MIP because I was the DD, and have an exceptional history otherwise, GPA, and resume to match. So my lawyer told me that I would not have to check yes on anything.
    So naturally I got nervous now, years later, when applying to the BON. It is definitely my fault for not researching this before submitting, and just trusting my lawyer, but the fact of the matter is I selected “no” because I sincerely thought that it was completely removed and forgiven and that was the legal advice I received on the issue. Now, it is apparent to me that this information will show up to the BON. My question is: should I just tough it out….wait to hear back from them, and send in my legal information once it is requested? Or should I withdraw my application and apply again, checking yes? Since it was a one-time offense and it was such a minor situation, I can’t see them completely denying me licensure… although I understand them delaying it or investigating since I apparently answered incorrectly. ๐Ÿ™ I’m worried about my timing because I have accepted a job with a start date on June 27th. I’m not sure which option would look worse/better or which would end up taking a longer time. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. ๐Ÿ™

  219. Mel Mel Says:

    i previously was a bartender and made some poor decisions i am not proud of.. I have 2 dui’s on my record as well as public intoxication. I received my license and also am working my dream job as an RN at a hospital in the emergency room. I sent all court info requested to the board. I hope that gives hope to some. Good luck!

  220. Liz Says:

    I need some advice. I’m 28, I was arrested when I was 18 for possession of Marijuana. I was never convicted and it was expunged. Or so I thought. The dean over my nursing program tells me she has never incountered anyone in my situation, only people with DUIs. I live in Louisiana and go to school in Mississippi. Does anyone know if I’d be denied my license once I graduate in either state?

  221. william haze Says:

    My records from when I wasn’t sure the opportunities life has to offer was stopping me from achieving my goals,despite the fact that i wasn’t convicted and the court let me go,but each time a background check is done ,my record history keeps coming out with the past,i sort to have it expunged ,that didn’t work till my lawyer introduced me to a group of ethical elite hackers who were able to remove my record history from every references and database my record has ever been,theirs hope out there for everyone,if you’re having similar problem,i suggest you try eliterealhack(AT)gmail(DOT)com and thank me later.

  222. April Says:

    Need some advise! I’m fixing to apply to a nursing program and was arrested in 2013 for warrants due to unpaid traffic tickets I had 4 for speeding 2 for no insurance 1 for expired sticker and 1 for assult (found my husband at the time with another woman) never had probation or community service only had to pay fines do you Think this will keep me from being able to apply

  223. Paula Says:

    Hello , I’m a LPN and just finished the RN program. I already went through the process with the LPN for a old incident of drinking at 17 and was approved to test. My record still has that on there. Do I need to go through the process again since nothing else has happened with me since.

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