Originally posted by EMT3690
I am a 35 yo male who made a mistake 16 years ago and now I would like to go to school for my R.N.I have also been a E.M.T fo 12 years without any problems.I spoke to the state board of nursing and they say I can go to school but they are not sure if I would be able to get my license.I also live in New Jersey where a R.N just confessed to killing 40+ patients.Now the state is looking at more strict guidelines for getting your nursing license.What do you think? I need advice.
You did what I would advice talk to the BON. Based on the answer they gave you have a choice. Go to nursing school and try for your license. There is a risk that you may not (as they told you) get your license. Or not go to nursing school.
It is unlikely the BON will give you more infor than this at this time because they will not tell you that they sometimes grant licenses to past fellons depending on the individual situation then have to say no to your application.
Lets take a seniero I am familiar with. I worked with one RN who had been in prison a year (he said for growing pot.) He went through hell and high water before the BON would grant a license. It took a year or two after graduation before he actually got them to agree to grant a license.
His license was restricted. He could not work nights, he had to have constant supervision, he could not be a charge nurse or in any simular position. He had to submit to monthly drug testing.
He lost his license forever because he failed a mothly drug test. He was a good nurse but that did not matter. Overnight he was without a license. I am guessing there were more restrictions on his license that I was not knowlegeable of.
I understand a felony can be many things. I know someone who once had a felony conviction that was nothing more than a paperwork oversight involving a gun sale. It did not matter that no criminal intent existed it was still a felony. The felony is now expunged but it was a very long time before that could be done. It did not get expunged until he gave up his federal firearms license.
So felony cases cover a wide range of offences. There is no way the BON can tell you about your case just like that. Ever one is different and they will not do an evaluation until you apply for a license.
So bottom line is evaluate your own case and deside if you want to got to school and take the chance they will refuse you.