would like info on nursing and felonies

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    I have a question for you all today. Hmmm, this is a sticky situation since it doesn't concern me and concerns another student, and really isn't my business...but I am really curious as to what the future holds for this particular student and as a learning experience for myself.

    Ok, earlier this week a classmate of mine was arrested and may be charged with a felony. It was a pretty big deal and will most likely be serving time for this. I suppose my questions are-----

    1) Can he still take his boards when and if he gets out of this situation? Will he be reported to the boards even though he isn't licensed?

    2) If a person has a felony on their record, can they work? I know this may be different in each state.

    Well, I thank you beforehand for any replies. If there are any websites you could refer me to that are kind of short, sweet, and simple, I would appreciate it.
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    In Fl, if you have a felony on your record you have to go before the BON in order to be cleared to sit for Boards. I knew a couple of folks who did get cleared. But they started the process while still over a year away from graduation.

    You have to report ANY arrest as well. If you don't, you'll never get to sit for Boards.
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    In PA a felony conviction prohibits you from getting a nursing license.
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    Here's a good link on this topic posted by NRSKarenRN in another thread:
    http://www.state.ma.us/reg/boards/rn/misc/gmcabstr.htm
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    thanks very much, youda.
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    Check out too:

    PA SBON Winter _2002 newsletter and disciplinary actions taken along with article:

    Effect of Criminal Convictions on Licensure
    http://www.dos.state.pa.us/bpoa/LIB/.../nurnews02.pdf

    It has been my understanding and upon viewing discipinary action that each case is viewd seperately on it's merits. If nurse candidate admits to wrong doing, has received counseling, has a a support person to attest to overall character, done restitution and changed their ways (along with length of time interval from conviction) board may permit candidate to take licensure exam. If passed, some may practice without restrictions, others have license placed on hold for months-year.

    Tell your friend to seek legal advice ASAP.
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    Originally posted by NRSKarenRN
    Check out too:


    It has been my understanding and upon viewing discipinary action that each case is viewd seperately on it's merits. If nurse candidate admits to wrong doing, has received counseling, has a a support person to attest to overall character, done restitution and changed their ways (along with length of time interval from conviction) board may permit candidate to take licensure exam. If passed, some may practice without restrictions, others have license placed on hold for months-year.

    This is how it is in Ontario each case is looked at on a case-by-case basis.


    I worked with a nurse who had an old marijuana possession on his record. When he moved to Ontario he had to go to the College of Nurses with letters of reference before he got his registration in Ontario. I donít think that my friend would be allowed to work in the excited states with a possession conviction though.
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    I do not no the answer however i also have a question what if you were charged with a felony but not convicted got defered adjudacation probation can you get a license if you successfully completed a 10 yr sentence it is my life long dream to be sucessful I have outstanding letters of recommendation for doctors nurses and others. Is even worth trying to finish my degree please give advice it was drug charges
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    Questions we seem to be encountering more and more often have to do with the effects of a criminal history on nursing licensure:

    * Is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a criminal history?
    * Is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a MIP, DUI, or other related charges?
    * What happens if you are charged or convicted of a crime after licensure?
    * Can I go to nursing school and/or be licensed if my record has been sealed or expunged?
    * Will I be able to go to nursing school with a criminal record?
    * What can happen if I receive a MIP/DUI/DWI or other charge while still in school?

    These are questions that the members of allnurses.com cannot answer. The only reliable source of information is your State Board of Nursing.
    Please refer to this thread for other information:

    Nursing Licensure With A Criminal History


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