I called the Board of Nursing three years ago before I started school and was told over the phone that my felony drug conviction would not stand in my way because 1) There was no victim; 2) It had been a considerable length of time (11 years) since the conviction; 3) I completed the court ordered rehab program. I went even farther, I earned a degree in social work and worked with newly recovering mothers in a rehab center.
I was supposed to graduate in a few weeks but I failed my finals last semester and will have to repeat the last year of the RN program I am in. I have to go to work. I applied for CNA classes today not only for the money but because I need the patient contact. I was turned down because of that conviction. The nurse conducting interviews there told me that the state of TN will not allow anyone with a felony conviction to take state boards. I called Nashville when I got home but all I could do was leave messages and now I can't sleep without answers.
I need reassurance!
Mar 28, '06
I'm confused did u get turned down for NURSING boards or for CNA classes??? I don't know about Tennessee but up here in PA it clearly states If you have been convicted of a felony you cannot get a liscence unless 10 years have past and you showed the board you are rehabilitated.If you are turned down for the cna classes It seems as if maybe she wasnt aware of what the board told you
Last edit by tookewlandy on Mar 28, '06