Backround Check Before Nursing School

  1. I think that criminal checks should be part of the application process for nursing school. I have read some of the threads on this, and feel bad for the people who have spent their time and money completing school, only to find out that the cant work as a nurse. I do believe that some may intentionally try to hide their past, but some simply do not remember things that happened years ago. Many may feel that a shoplifting conviction, or traffic violations that happened many years ago is not relevant, or that a statue of limitation may apply to minor conviction that occured maybe 10-15 years ago or so. The application for licensure may be specific in asking about convictions, and past criminal activity, but time and money (for the prospective student) would be saved, and maybe additional seats would open if background checks were performed before applying for nursing school. Just my humble opinion.

    Gerry
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   obrnteacher
    At our school we are beginning criminal checks but it is because the hospitals mandate it. I've been told that the BON in our state would consider each case separately but there is no guarentee that if you finish nursing, you would get to sit for boards. It is up to the individual student to contact the board. They will not talk to the nursing schools. If a student did complete the program, I would probably write a recommendation to the board depending on the student's ability and conduct.

    I do agree that it would be nice to have the criminal checks done before hand. This was my first year teaching full-time and I was on the admission committee. I learned how hard of process it is to decide who can enter.

    Hope this helps!
  4. by   lisamc1RN
    Our school does do a criminal background check.
  5. by   danaRN2b
    Our school just implemented the criminal background check for the students entering in the fall. Did your school charge you a fee for doing this? We had to pay $38.
  6. by   lisamc1RN
    Quote from danaRN2b
    Our school just implemented the criminal background check for the students entering in the fall. Did your school charge you a fee for doing this? We had to pay $38.
    Yep. We pay $65 for it.
  7. by   fiestynurse
    There are still many states that don't require fingerprinting and background checks for licensure, let alone nursing school.
  8. by   NewEnglandRN
    My school runs a CORI background check before you start clinicals.

    Michelle
  9. by   Still Riding
    At my school we need to show up on september with a criminal check done within the last year.
  10. by   imupallnite
    the only thing i have ever been given a ticket for and ended up going to jail for 5 days, was a minor in possesion of alcohol. is that going to be a problem?
  11. by   obrnteacher
    Probably not. BUT be honest on your application. submit a letter with your application explaining the situation. This should be okay abut again can't guarentee it. Wish I could be more help. You could also talk to your dean of nursing or admission committee and let them know of the circumstances. Just remember to be honest. That's the important thing.
  12. by   phxgoddess
    You need to contact the Board of Nursing in the state where you want to be licensed. Doing this early, will hopefully save you a lot of problems later on. Good luck.

    on the subject of background checks prior to nursing school. -
    ASU requires a fingerprint/background clearance prior to clinicals.
    That's two years into school, prior to acceptance in the BSN program.

    This is a good "heads up" for people, but it is separate from licensure.
    I asked my state board and received this reply:

    "When you apply for licensure in AZ you have to answer 2 questions: Are you currently under investigation or is a disciplinary action pending against your nursing license or CNA certificate in any state or territory of the US? AND . . . have you ever been convicted, entered a plea of guilty, nolo contendre or no contest, or have you ever been sentenced, served time in jail or prison, or had probation or sentence deferred in any felony or undesignated offense? If you respond with a "yes", your application will be reviewed.

    We also require fingerprints. If the report comes back positive, you will also be reviewed."
  13. by   z's playa
    Quote from imupallnite
    the only thing i have ever been given a ticket for and ended up going to jail for 5 days, was a minor in possesion of alcohol. is that going to be a problem?
    Forgive me if this sounds like a stupid question but were you the minor? I don't get why you spent 5 days in jail.

    We have criminal reference checks at our school for both nursing and medicine. Summary offenses do not show up.
  14. by   Altra
    All of the clinical sites we go to require criminal background and child abuse clearances. These are done twice - each August - because they must be current (within the last year). We students are responsible for mailing in the forms with the required fee ($10.00 for each x 4) and forwarding the clearances to the school.

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