I Thought I Had My Dream Job, but My Past Took It Away... - page 7

So a really stupid mistake I made 6 years ago came to bite me in the rear yesterday. I was working as an agency nurse staffing in correctional facilities when my NM told me I had to clock out & go... Read More

  1. by   bikegirl
    If it isn't a felony, you may be able to get whatever it is expunged off your record. Will take a lawyer, but it might be worth it.

    I have some "stuff" on my record: attempting to steal a street sign on Halloween when I was 19 (yes, it has come up) and arrested for protesting. I didn't bother to have it expunged, but it might be worthwhile for you.

    Good luck.
  2. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from bikegirl
    If it isn't a felony, you may be able to get whatever it is expunged off your record. Will take a lawyer, but it might be worth it.

    I have some "stuff" on my record: attempting to steal a street sign on Halloween when I was 19 (yes, it has come up) and arrested for protesting. I didn't bother to have it expunged, but it might be worthwhile for you.

    Good luck.
    It’s not on my actual record, just on the record with the company so I can no longer work with them. Does that make sense?
  3. by   AnnoyedNurse
    First- I am truly sorry for you! Don't be hard on yourself- our past has formed us into who we are today. If you made a mistake, I hope you have learned from it. So here's the deal with security clearances- you can always appeal them. I am not an expert so I can give you exam forms to file- but if you google the internet you can find the information on how to appear the disposition of your security clearance. I've read about it online in the past. The purpose of a security clearance is to determine your suitability and fitness for certain levels of clearance. I believe with prison jobs you are only required to attain and maintain a Q-clearnance or Secret Clearance, which are the lower brackets of clearances. Do your research- get reference letters ready and appeal your revocation. I know money is tight- but clearances are a HUGR financial ROI, so I would look into hiring a civil/administrative law attorney to help you navigate the ins and outs of clearances and working for the government. The important thing is to be honest! And show how far you have come and how much you have grown as a person.

    As far as advancing your credentials to RN- I would suggest this. RNs do receive a certain extra layer of respect among the community. This includes among HR recruiters, Security clearance investigatirs, etc. Plus, the increase in salary, increased autonomy in practice is truly worth it.

    I would HIGHLY advise against taking non-nursing jobs in order to make ends meet. If you have to work LTC or skilled nursing or whatever, it will help you more in terms of suitability for your clearance and future job prospects. Any gap in nursing practice is usually looked down upon. So avoid this at all cost. Worst case scenario- get yourself a desk job with an insurance company or do research for a pharma company. I know an LPN who was a research nurse at Johnson and Johnson while she was in RN school. Nursing is HUGE- you can do absolutely anything.

    Last piece of advice- please always be honest on job applications, clearance applications, Board of Nursing applications. Honesty is key. Failure to be honest can put your license at risk for revocation and sometimes can put you in legal trouble. So avoid it.

    Id be more than willing to help guide you with my own opinions more specific to your situation. If you're still needing guidance, PM me and I'll help as much as I can- but remember, please be honest!

    Good of luck with everything and you're an awesome person for doing everything you can to take care of your family
  4. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from AnnoyedNurse
    First- I am truly sorry for you! Don't be hard on yourself- our past has formed us into who we are today. If you made a mistake, I hope you have learned from it. So here's the deal with security clearances- you can always appeal them. I am not an expert so I can give you exam forms to file- but if you google the internet you can find the information on how to appear the disposition of your security clearance. I've read about it online in the past. The purpose of a security clearance is to determine your suitability and fitness for certain levels of clearance. I believe with prison jobs you are only required to attain and maintain a Q-clearnance or Secret Clearance, which are the lower brackets of clearances. Do your research- get reference letters ready and appeal your revocation. I know money is tight- but clearances are a HUGR financial ROI, so I would look into hiring a civil/administrative law attorney to help you navigate the ins and outs of clearances and working for the government. The important thing is to be honest! And show how far you have come and how much you have grown as a person.

    As far as advancing your credentials to RN- I would suggest this. RNs do receive a certain extra layer of respect among the community. This includes among HR recruiters, Security clearance investigatirs, etc. Plus, the increase in salary, increased autonomy in practice is truly worth it.

    I would HIGHLY advise against taking non-nursing jobs in order to make ends meet. If you have to work LTC or skilled nursing or whatever, it will help you more in terms of suitability for your clearance and future job prospects. Any gap in nursing practice is usually looked down upon. So avoid this at all cost. Worst case scenario- get yourself a desk job with an insurance company or do research for a pharma company. I know an LPN who was a research nurse at Johnson and Johnson while she was in RN school. Nursing is HUGE- you can do absolutely anything.

    Last piece of advice- please always be honest on job applications, clearance applications, Board of Nursing applications. Honesty is key. Failure to be honest can put your license at risk for revocation and sometimes can put you in legal trouble. So avoid it.

    Id be more than willing to help guide you with my own opinions more specific to your situation. If you're still needing guidance, PM me and I'll help as much as I can- but remember, please be honest!

    Good of luck with everything and you're an awesome person for doing everything you can to take care of your family
    Wow, I didn’t know that! But honestly I think I am going to have to take a step back from working. My husband & I have separated so I have had to take a hard look at myself.

    My bipolar disorder is honestly not getting any better in terms of me being able to hold down a job, so am I really able to work? Is it worth it to go through all the trouble of what you have stated (although it is really great advice!) or going back to school for me to just quit another job in 6 months or less? The last few jobs I’ve held I wasn’t at for more than 3 months. Of course this one I didn’t quit but I did have a melt down & wanted to quit.

    I’m in a good place mentally since my husband & I separated. I don’t want to mess it up by adding more stress by working. So I have decided to apply for disability. I know it will take awhile but nothing has changed between then & now. Why keep torturing myself?
  5. by   vintagemother
    I'm so sorry to read about your problem, Chaos! I am hopeful things work out for you! ❤️
  6. by   silverbat
    My home office is 100 mikes away from my home. LPNs do similar to what I do. Check out united health care and BCBS
  7. by   Rocketskates
    Awful sorry about the unfortunate turn of events. I'm not looking to know your business because we all make mistakes and it sounds like this was a while ago and you're remorseful. I hope things work out for you.
    I'm waiting to take my NCLEX in just a few more weeks, so I'm new to the field, but my understanding is that nursing is such a broad field that even in a small town you can find a lot of options without having to venture far out. Maybe that's not realistic though. Perhaps you can find a position working for an insurance company as a tele-health nurse? Perhaps doing home health?
  8. by   jjsiegal
    Sorry to hear about situation. You came this far, and you'll go on (is what you have to tell yourself). Self-love, taking care of yourself and you family right now. There are "no perfect human beings" so don't be hard on yourself. Just be upfront about everything from now on. There's nothing to be ashamed of.

    If i were you, i would apply for another position "directly" and avoid agencies. Perhaps a Senior Assisted Living Facility or a Hospital? Not sure what town you work in, but if its worth it, consider driving a little distance for your next job. Its not easy...nothing in life is easy. Keep working on you and something good will open up (have faith).
  9. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from vintagemother
    I'm so sorry to read about your problem, Chaos! I am hopeful things work out for you! ❤️
    Thank you!
  10. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from silverbat
    My home office is 100 mikes away from my home. LPNs do similar to what I do. Check out united health care and BCBS
    Ok, thank you!
  11. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Rocketskates
    Awful sorry about the unfortunate turn of events. I'm not looking to know your business because we all make mistakes and it sounds like this was a while ago and you're remorseful. I hope things work out for you.
    I'm waiting to take my NCLEX in just a few more weeks, so I'm new to the field, but my understanding is that nursing is such a broad field that even in a small town you can find a lot of options without having to venture far out. Maybe that's not realistic though. Perhaps you can find a position working for an insurance company as a tele-health nurse? Perhaps doing home health?
    I have been applying for jobs in towns that are an hour away. But with my job history I am getting rejected. So it looks like I will have to apply for disability because I don’t know if I can really hold down a job for any length of time.

    Good luck on your NCLEX!
  12. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from jjsiegal
    Sorry to hear about situation. You came this far, and you'll go on (is what you have to tell yourself). Self-love, taking care of yourself and you family right now. There are "no perfect human beings" so don't be hard on yourself. Just be upfront about everything from now on. There's nothing to be ashamed of.

    If i were you, i would apply for another position "directly" and avoid agencies. Perhaps a Senior Assisted Living Facility or a Hospital? Not sure what town you work in, but if its worth it, consider driving a little distance for your next job. Its not easy...nothing in life is easy. Keep working on you and something good will open up (have faith).
    Yeah, I can’t work for agencies since they would place me to work at the prisons & I can’t work for that company. I have no hospital experience so I can’t work agency in a hospital.

    I haven’t been applying for jobs over an hour outside of my town but am still getting rejected. I know it’s due to the fact that my last three jobs I held for only a month. So I’m thinking my only choice is to apply for disability. I don’t want to go to school & have the problems pop up after I wasted all that time, money & energy.
  13. by   jdub6
    Quote from Lisacar130
    Well if you "resigned" then you can't get unemployment. You can still try though. That's why they give you a choice... if you chose to resign then you can't get unemployment and they know it.
    You also cannot get unemployment if terminated for cause, including misconduct, not meeting requirements or lying in your application; >OKKOOthe latter 2 apply to OP.

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