I am currently in a "Nursing Trends and Issues" class for my RN to BSN program. I'm trying to get some research done on our topic of choice.
While I was researching our topic, a question came to mind that might be of interest to my group. Our topic has to do with nurses who divert narcotics. We are looking at different ways we can reduce the incidence of this occurring. My specific area of focus is how some nurses begin their path towards addiction while in school (via dependence on anti-depressants and/or anti-anxiety medications).
The question that popped into my mind was:
"Are the rules regarding acceptance into a nursing program universal in regards to having a criminal record?"
What I am interested in is, if a student has a prior record that is drug related, they may be denied admittance to the program. But are the rules for who can and can't be accepted universal? Or are there some schools that are tougher than others? Are there different rules for this in different states, or are the policies nationally accepted?
Reason I'm asking is..........well, I just don't want to be caught with my pants down while giving the presentation. I know how my school regarded applicants with a record. I remember a friend who told me how close he was to being denied entry into the program for something he did when he was a teenager. I also remember having to submit to a drug test myself prior to acceptance to the program. I just assumed it was that way everywhere. It might now be though. Mostly I'm just curious, it never dawned on me that there may be schools that handled it very differently than mine.