op, you hear the word "felony", and automatically classify anyone who has one as being too dangerous to work around vulnerable populations, however, if there ever was a comprehensive study of all known abusers in the health care system, you'd be surprised to find that most of if not all of them had no prior convictions/record before licensure. furthermore, their crimes are committed after licensure and never picked up because until recently, background checks weren't required for renewal.
"also, why is someone who is convicted, passing a background check at a health care facility?"
because convicts, either misdemeanor or felony, have a right and opportunity to show that they have learned from their pasts and are rehabilitated, ready and willing to take on the role of upstanding members of their communities. in order to reasonably justify your train of thought concerning following rules and consequences, the whole world would have to be raised the exact same way with the exact same opportunities and nuclear units. then you'd be better able to say that so and so should not be in health care because they are convicted of whatever. since in this world there are varying degrees of moral input, upbringing, opportunities and beliefs, you cannot in good conscious be as general as you are being in your judgment.
as emergencynrse has pointed out, what constitutes a felony vary from state to state. in my state, simple assault and battery is a misdemeanor. should someone convicted of this be allowed to work in health care? it is very upsetting to continue to hear about these stories of elder and child abuse in health care, but if you ban everyone who has a criminal history from entering into the field guess what?......it would still happen. for everyone that is reported, there are twenty that are not. something as simple as pinching a patient for soiling himself after you just changed him is abuse, yet it goes on all the time. the people doing the pinching have no criminal histories.......
i do find this whole situation sad, that people can be denied careers based on transgressions over 10-15 years old because of the stigma of "felony, conviction, arrest, dui, etc...." there are and should continue to be time bars on felony convictions. there are and should continue to be case by case examinations of convictions. there are and should continue to be psychological consults in some of these case by case convictions. there are and should continue to be mandatory drug evaluations in some of these case by case convictions. i say allow someone to prove that they are not the same person they once were, nor do the same things they once did and should that proof be forthcoming, praise god that he is still in control and let them get on with their lives.