please help on background check in BNE!!!

  1. I can not believe it! After 2 yaers of meeting all the requistes and getting admitted into the program, (only 40 out of 600 where chosen). I find out in orientation that ANY type of incarceration could block me from taking the Texas BNE. It was only an inspection sticker and state tags that i never renewed; car was not mine as a matter a fact, evntually it turned into a warrant got arresrted on a routine traffic stop! I also had a PI ten years ago I was onnly 18.
    Do you think I am panicking too much they were only minor misdemeoners? Please help me relieve this anxiety. I have sent for a background FBI check but it takes a month! Nothing to do but wait. After reading a couple of threads at least I became aware of it before going to clinicals and classes.
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  3. by   BBFRN
    In my state, as long as you have no convictions for violence or drug-related crimes, then you are OK to be licensed as a nurse. Perhaps it's the same in Texas, and you are reading too much into this? Have you checked into getting your record expunged? I've heard of people doing that for misdemeanors, I think. Also, why did you request a FBI check? Why would they have a file on you?
  4. by   Rob7177
    Quote from lgflamini
    In my state, as long as you have no convictions for violence or drug-related crimes, then you are OK to be licensed as a nurse. Perhaps it's the same in Texas, and you are reading too much into this? Have you checked into getting your record expunged? I've heard of people doing that for misdemeanors, I think. Also, why did you request a FBI check? Why would they have a file on you?
    Well when you take the Ncle-rx for texas you have to pass the FBI criminal background test. Since it was done at the end of the program before, many students where complaining about loosing two years of school(if they failed the bakground test). It is being done now in the beginning of the semester now. I was also informed that any type of PI would require review. My director told me to show her my file and she could pretty much be sure if it would be accepted by BNE.
  5. by   itsme
    you got incarcerated for not renewing tags on a car that wasnt even yours? That seems odd. Hopefully all will go well with school.
  6. by   Rob7177
    It was my father's car and when he lent it to me the tags were about to expire, I was given a ticket and since i did not have the money it eventually turned into a warrant.
  7. by   michelle95
    I was arrested for something when I was 18 years old and I am not proud of it. However, I received a list (with my acceptance letter) of offenses that would disqualify me and what I did was not included. Thank God.

    And, when I became an LPN...I had to go through the same thing.

    I think like the others that it is mostly violent crimes and abuse.
    Last edit by michelle95 on Jul 15, '04
  8. by   PBAJS
    Didn't find anything online for your state. Did see an application for another state ....

    CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK - CONCENT AND DISCLAIMER FORM
    I understand that if the information produced by a criminal record review indicates I have been found guilty of one or more of the following crimes, I will be disqualified from a clinical experiences in the College of Nursing: murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, first degree sexual assault, second degree sexual assault, third degree sexual assault, assault on persons sixty (60) years of age or older, assault with intent to commit specified felonies (murder, robbery, rape, burglary, or the abominable and detestable crime against nature ) felony assault, patient abuse, neglect or mistreatment of patients, burglary, first degree arson, robbery, felony drug offenses, larceny or felony banking law violations.

    Thinking and hoping that all will turn out ok for you.

  9. by   Rob7177
    I can not believe it! I received my background check and it came out with no background!! I just worried out of nothing. However I still am confused because i do have a PI I checked with my city PD and it was there. COuld it be because I was only Twenty when it happened and was not of legal drinking age. Should I still get in touch with the Nursing Board? Thanks for YOur Help
  10. by   BAndersonRN
    Rob,

    First of all I want to congratulate you on being accepted to nursing school! Nursing is a great profession with TONS of opportunity for advancement and growth. As far as your history goes, I strongly suggest that you disclose any criminal convictions you may have to the board of nursing. Violent crimes, crimes involving lude/sexual misconduct, or any sort of narcotics offenses are really the only disqualifers in obtaining a nursing license. By telling the board of nursing about your previous charges/convictions (even if they do not appear in a background check) you are exhibiting behavior that shows them you are a trustworthy and honest individual (both of which are traits that nurses should have, afterall you as a nurse will often be learning and discussing some very personal things about your patients). If the board of nursing were to ever find out you were trying to deceive them by not disclosing your history I can guarantee you'll be kissing your nursing license goodbye. Hope this helps... GOOD LUCK
  11. by   purplemania
    if you call the BNE they will tell you to file a Declatory Order. They will not discuss anything over the phone, as they do not want that liability. It costs about $200 to file the order (which is a form allowing you to state all the FACTS of the situation). A committee will review the order and notify you of whether or not you can be licensed. They are really looking for patterns of behavior, especially as concerns drugs and alcohol, or abusive behavior. If you do not file the order, and they find something in your record that is suspect, your license will be denied (or pulled) and you will have to sue to get it back. Very expensive. I wish they would put out a list of things that are "ok", but I was told that the purpose is to catch a habitual criminal or high risk person, so they can't be that subjective. Anyway, good luck. This is a battle every 6 mos when we hire new grads.
  12. by   Yellow Rose RN
    Quote from lgflamini
    In my state, as long as you have no convictions for violence or drug-related crimes, then you are OK to be licensed as a nurse. Perhaps it's the same in Texas, and you are reading too much into this? Have you checked into getting your record expunged? I've heard of people doing that for misdemeanors, I think. Also, why did you request a FBI check? Why would they have a file on you?

    Texas requires FBI background check and fingerprinting.

    Just be sure that you are totally honest on your application to the BNE. You also can go the the Texas BNE website and research your questions. This may help. Also, you might want to call the BNE and talk with the disciplinary dept as they are the ones that handle this and they might be able to tell you more. Good luck and hope it all works out.

    Texas BNE website: www.bne.state.tx.us
  13. by   hypnotic_nurse
    Quote from Pat53
    Didn't find anything online for your state. Did see an application for another state ....

    CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK - CONCENT AND DISCLAIMER FORM
    I understand that if the information produced by a criminal record review indicates I have been found guilty of one or more of the following crimes, I will be disqualified from a clinical experiences in the College of Nursing: murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, first degree sexual assault, second degree sexual assault, third degree sexual assault, assault on persons sixty (60) years of age or older, assault with intent to commit specified felonies (murder, robbery, rape, burglary, or the abominable and detestable crime against nature ) felony assault, patient abuse, neglect or mistreatment of patients, burglary, first degree arson, robbery, felony drug offenses, larceny or felony banking law violations.
    Like the logging of old growth forests or killing the last dodo sort of thing?

    (sorry, just had this visual of someone mugging Mother Nature)
  14. by   ZinnianWolf
    I am in CT and I think (not really sure) that the only thing that would keep someone from taking the state boards is drug ralated convictions and maybe some serious felonies, but other than that I don't think there is anything else. I know that on the financial aid forms there is a question that asks if you have ever been convicted of any drug related charges and that if you have your not qualified for financial aid. Hope this helps ease your mind:-)

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