I have a friend who is interested in becoming a nurse. He has a felony conviction on his record, though. I can't remember the exact charge (it was about 10 years ago), but it was drug-related (again I can't remember for sure, but I think he said it was coke)... I think the charge was for posession.
Anyway, he was able to make a deal and didn't do any time. He was supposed to be on probation for 3 years, but they let him off after about half that time because he turned his life around and proved it to his probation officer. He cleaned himself up of all drugs (used to smoke pot & do some coke), and got himself a job at a manufacturing plant. Since then, he has received various promotions, including a promotion into a supervisory position. He has also gone to school part time while he works, and received an AAS and is working on his bachelor's, but is considering starting over as a nursing student after he graduates. He is truly a different person that he was in his "old life," but obviously the state doesn't know that.
Do you think it would be possible for him to get licensed as an RN in New York? Also, his long-term goal is to move to North Carolina or Virginia - can anyone tell me what his chances would be at getting licensed in those states? I haven't talked to him about this yet, because I don't want to burst his bubble until I get some opinions from you folks. Maybe I'm worrying about him for nothing, but it just seems to me like the state would have a problem with this record.
Can anyone offer any input? Thanks in advance!