Quote from hopey
Hey! Can anyone give me advise as to whether I should even consider applying to the nursing program with a misdemeanor of petty/theft on my criminal background? I am finished with all my pre-reqs. I feel i've worked so hard already, but I dont just want to be let down in the end. I want to be a nurse more than anything, but my past seems to haunt me. Any advise or similar circumstances? Thankyou..
HI, its great to find others with my same problem. Back in 2001 when I was a stupid college student I shoplifted some lipstick and a cd (I think, I cant even remember now!) from Meijers, I got caught and paid my fine and now the misdemeanor has been expunged. I have been worrying about this for awhile now, I mean I made a stupid mistake and I can't seem to shake it! I work so hard now and Im so worried that this will haunt me forever! I just can't imagine someone telling me I can't be a nurse bc of a stupid incident over 3 years ago. However, I live in Ohio and I called the state board of nursing and while the woman on the phone did not tell me directly id be fine she said that in so many words, she said that as long as I did not have a violent misdomeanor, assult, etc. and if I didnt have more than one id pretty much be fine. Acutally her exact words were, "how many misdemeanor charges do you have?"
ME: only one, not even a speeding ticket since
HER: well the board takes it on a case to case basis, just make sure you are upfront about your conviction bc we do a different kind of background check with the FBI that can see expunged convictions.
ME:so what if they turn me down and i wasted all this time and money in school, i mean will i not be able to be a nurse bc of one stupid mistake i made when i was 20?
HER:they take it on a case to case basis, did you hear me ask you if you had more than one conviction? We dont tell u before you take the exam, everyone wants to know that but u can only submit those papers at the time of liscensing
so i think she was telling me in "other words" that as long as i didnt have another conviction or my misdemeanor wasnt violent or drug related id be fine.
In all acutality I have heard of ppl with felonies becoming nurses, doing things far worse than shoplifting some lipstick and a cd. I spend quite a bit of time worrying about this as Im sure you do too, but when i think rationally about it, dont get me wrong shoplifting is bad, but come on how many ppl do u know that have a glitch on their record?? about half of my college friends have either drunk and disorderly, drinking underage, etc. things happen and we cant be punished for the rest of our lives for one small mistake, no one is perfect.
My only thing is, the lady at the BON told me that ANYONE in the health field (hospitals, home care, LTCFs etc) can see if you have had something expunged , she says they can see what it was for and everything. Now I understand that the BON can see it bc they do a federal FBI background check which is a lot more detailed than a normal background check, but I seriously doubt every hospital, LTCF, etc does such an extensive background check? For one it would be really expensive, two what is the point of expungement if the conviction never goes away??
Here is one more thing to think about (sorry im rambling) Misdemeanor is a broad range of convictions. There are some drug charges that qualify as misdemeanors such as, possestion of marajiana (small amount, large amount is a felony), assult and abuse qualify as misdemeanors, all of which disqualify you from working in a nursing home (LTCF), soooo...what I am trying to say is, mostly likely when that question, "have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor" pops up they are scouting for things like drug posession, abuse, assult, etc.
whew, thanks for listening to my ramblings, id like to hear some imput for any one else as well, especially on the topic of my expungement and if my expunged conviction will show up on hospital background checks, Ive been told so many things?? Oh and sorry for my awful spelling
GOood Luck everyone!