My BIL recently started at a LTC facility as a non-certified NA. I have no prob with this except for the fact he has a felony for statutory rape. Now let me explain his situation here, he was seeing a 17yr old girl who was consentual with the relation but when things soured her and her mom pressed charges and he went to jail. Long story for him.
Now my Q is, if he has a felony charge on him how can he work in LTC? I was under the impression that anyone with a criminal background (felony) they were not allowed to work in health care. My sis said it is because of the class of felony he has. I have no idea what class it is and she couldn't remember either.
Is there anyone that can help me understand this? Don't get me wrong, he is great with the residents and works well. I don't really believe he will stick with it either. His work history is short and sweet, hates to have a long term job.
Would appreciate some insite on this......Thanks.
Nov 14, '02
Different States have different requirements for their facilities. It is not unusual for past felons to be working in LTC, mostly because, whatever the law is, most of them are too cheap to do even the simplest of background checks anyway.
If he were working with children, for example, most States would require fingerprinting and a background check. Working with older people, fewer facilities do--particularly since he is not licensed (since most State licenses, whether for hairdresser or MD, attempt to screen out past felons).
But the bottom line is that 1) should his current facility discover that he has a record AND 2) that your State does not permit him to work there because of this, the worst that could happen is that they would fire him. Since he moves around vocationally anyway, this does not sound like it would be a catastrophe.
Last edit by sjoe on Nov 14, '02