When I read your response.
Someone else had told me to get my record first before even going to submit it to the school...That way I know what is there beforehand.
So I am mailing off my fingerprint card tomorrow. (As far as I was told, if you are 17 in the state of IL, you can be charged as an adult. Past jobs have got my criminal record, so I am positive it was not sealed, even though I was only 17 at the time.)
Ugh...It just really gets your stomach in knots.
The system can be really backwards sometimes though
. (Kind of long but bear with me, I do have a point! )
: I am related
by marriage, to a RN, who for reasons still unknown- took a liking to Vicodin. She was working nights at a hospital here in our area. Well, she formed a habit so addicting that she would have rather blew her schooling and license down the drain to get it.
She started swapping patients medications and keeping their prescribed Vicodin for herself. Eventually she was caught and terminated. She was put on probation
at that point by the BON.
However~ before she was fired, she had managed to steal a prescription pad from the hospital and was all over 5 major counties in our state writing out scripts for herself for Vicodin, Xanax... you name it.
She was not using her
name on the prescriptions. She was getting names out the phone book- and of course, she had the right addresses of the people and phone numbers, after all, all the info the pharmacy asks you for is
right in the phone book! So, all of this checked out with the pharmacies. UNTIL ~ One day about a year ago, she went through a drive through pharmacy and the pharmacist actually called the person whom the script was for to verify that she did have a prescription waiting for her.
"Uhhh...NO!" said the woman. So they knew the script was a fake.
So Nurse X, as I will call her...was arrested for trying to illegally obtain a controlled substance. That did not stop her. She went as soon as she could and stole another pad from a doctor with whom she knew. He had no idea she was in trouble and actually left the room with his pad sitting there. This time she moved on to pharmacies that were smaller and didn't have as much connection to eachother. At one point, she had her entire car TRUNK filled with empty bottles. All different names.
She has since been arrested in all 5 counties locally for charges ranging from "Illegally attempting to obtain a controlled substance." all the way to "HOME INVASION." Yes, HOME INVASION
. She was caught stealing Christmas presents from a child
when the owner of the home that she was burglurizing came home unexpectedly- and saw a stange woman clutching his childs presents. This was right before Christmas of '04 and she was sent to Cook County Jail on that charge.
Now, I do
feel sorry for her....she has obviously been handed an addiction that is making her do things she probably would not have, had she not been an addict. However, I do not
feel for her in some ways. Help has been extended to her many times, and she has pushed it away
. She has been in jail numerous times, and still repeats her offenses.
She is now looking at years in prison for her Burglary Charges and other offenses. And guess what? After all this...her license is only SUSPENDED
till the end of '05. Not Revoked
Will she get her license back? I don't know. The point I am making is that because she was already
a nurse, she will, most likely be given a shot again before people like myself, who are not yet licensed or in school. Does that make it acceptable? Is she any more trust worthy than I, just because she already has a license?
I could never rob anyone and I never had the nerve to do anything half
as ballsy as this woman has. And to only have her license suspended for ONE
year for Burglary & Home Invasion?!? I know darn well if I had been charged with Home Invasion and Burglary, I would NEVER get into school.
Heck, any one of YOUR
names could be on her script bottles.
Sometimes it really pisses me off when I even think about her. She had/has what I have always dreamed of, which is to be a nurse and she couldn't give a rats butt about it
. Here I am, just pleading for a chance to go to school. To prove myself. Yet somehow, I feel I have I will be deemed 'less worthy' of becoming a nurse than her because she committed her crimes after
she went to school.
ARGH!!! (No... I am not asking for pity for my offenses, I am just pointing out what I know to be true as I know this woman personally.)
Whew....sorry, I told you that was looooooooong. LOL!
I am still going to fight for what I know is right, and that is that I should be allowed to study nursing. (My teachers/supervisors can have a camera on me at all times if they wish- I have nothing to hide! LOL! Those days are long over with.)
I couldn't give up now, even if I wanted to....
Thanks for listening. Really...I needed to vent on that subject!