New grad, required monitoring...where do I look for a job?
- 0Aug 2, '13 by gradrn1Hi, I'm a recent graduate. I applied for my license and disclosed my prior criminal infractions from 1999. I received notification to have a drug and alcohol eval, which I did, and just heard today that despite it going well they are still requiring me to be monitored. I am so disappointed. I have been clean for 13 years, married, 3 kids, own a home, graduated first in my nursing class with numerous awards, etc. Spent most of the day crying about it. I really thought that if they saw how hard I've worked that they would allow me to work unmonitored. Unfortunately, I cannot get the misdemeanor drug charge off my record. My PNAP case manager pretty much said that if it could be expunged this wouldn't happen. But I can't, so it is what it is. After feeling sorry for myself for a about 6 hours and crying off and on, I decided to cut that out and see if anyone knows of a good place to start when looking for a job. It will not be easy! New grad, no experience, criminal record (even though 14 years old), and now monitoring.
Anyone have any advice? I really need some encouragement.
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- 0Aug 2, '13 by GA_RN2006Oh my goodness New Grad. I'm so sry to hear your past is still haunting you. It's such a shame it has to be this way ESP since you've been clean for 14 yrs. First off, congrats on your recovery. You've overcame the biggest hurdle so far. I know that dialysis centers are restriction friendly so you may want to try there. Good luck on your job search. :~)
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- 0Aug 3, '13 by RNitisWhy would you not be able to get a pardon for it. (Not sure if state related): but in CT, after 5 years of the offense and completing the requirements, like probation, u can apply for a pardon. People usually use them to erase felonies, so they are quick to allow the pardon for a misdemeanor. (Unless, of course, u have already used it..then no)
- 0Aug 6, '13 by gradrn1No, I have not had a pardon. In PA, it is not a simple process but it is an option I am working on with my attorney. However, that will take a few years if granted at all. And to make matters worse, I was told today that not only do I need to be monitored but that because I cannot get it removed from my record I have to be in the disciplinary unit. It makes no sense to me as I don't even have a license yet but it is being disciplined. I'm so disappointed. I expected some issues but certainly not starting with a disciplined license for something that happened 14+ years ago, long before I even thought of becoming a nurse. But that is my situation. And so I have to figure out the best possible chance of employment. I am told that any employer can verify that I was not disciplined for an incident while practicing. I can't imagine many employers will want to deal with this though. Just totally bummed out today. I've always believed in second chances for others but apparently no amount of time makes a difference here.
- 0Aug 6, '13 by sallyrnrrtcongratulatiobs on your recovery.
i am very sorry you are going thruthis. i mean that sincerely.
i woukd hire you in a min., with that record in LTC....please look at LTC AND BEST OF LUCK To YOU! YOU NEED A LITTLE "TIME IN GRADE" of working a few years and after completion it wilk look far better. hard to believe 14 year old mistake as you described could be so haunting.... you deserve a break, and sure have worked hard for it