will the fl bon license me with previous drugs charges?

  1. I am one week into nursing school in south Florida. I have a couple of misdemeanor drugs charges from 2006-2008, I have been sober for 2 1/2 years now, will be sober 4 1/2 years when i sit for boards. I have been to rehab and am an active member of a 12 step fellowship. personal character references and hopefully faculty references will be easily obtained when needed. I know i need to gather all the court dispositions from all cases. The background check for the school bounced back at me a week prior to start of class. i talked to the admins and they cleared me. does anyone have any recent experience with anything like this in fl? any advice as to what to do in the mean time (besides study). also the schools background check only popped up one case with two marijuana charges. there are a few more out there from different counties (all in nj btw) that didn't pop up. when it comes time to apply for the boards i should just be upfront about all charges im assuming?

    btw since im posting this in the recovery portion of this site ill mention that I am clean/sober soley because of the 12 steps. And am sober today only by continuing to work them and stay active in the 12 step fellowship. i freaking love it

    thanks in advance
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  3. by   jackstem
    You may want to consult a license defense attorney familiar with the nurse practice act in Florida. They can answer your questions about how the Florida board of nursing handles these kinds of cases. It will definitely be worth the price since you have just begun school.

    The following is from the Florida Board of Nursing Web site:

    What crimes or license discipline must be reported on the application?
    Except for minor traffic violations not related to the use of drugs or alcohol, all convictions, guilty pleas and nolo contendere pleas must be reported, even if adjudication is withheld,. This includes misdemeanors, felonies, "driving while intoxicated (DWI)" and "driving under the influence "(DUI)." Crimes must be reported even if they are a suspended imposition of sentence. All prior or current disciplinary action against another professional license must be reported, whether it occurred in Florida or in another state or territory.
    Note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

    How can I find out more information about self reporting offenses?
    You can send an e-mail with a specific question to mqa_consumerservices@doh.state.fl.us

    Do I have to report charges if I completed a period of probation and the charges were dismissed or closed?
    Yes. Offenses must be reported to the Board even if you received a suspended imposition of sentence and the record is now considered closed.

    Can a person obtain a license as a nurse if they have a misdemeanor or felony crime on their record?
    Each application is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The Board of Nursing considers the nature and severity of offenses and how recently they occurred, as well as rehabilitation and other factors. The Board cannot make a determination for approval or denial of licensure without evaluating the entire application and supporting documentation. For more information please review the following document: Criminal History and Discipline Information

    What types of documentation do I need to submit in support of my application if I have a prior criminal record or license discipline?

    • Certified official court document(s) relative to your criminal record, showing the date(s) and circumstance(s) surrounding your arrest(s)/conviction(s), sections of the law violated, and disposition of the case. This would normally consist of the Complaint or Indictment, the Judgment, Docket Sheet or other documents showing disposition of your case. This can also be referred to as the Order of Probation. The clerk of the court in the county the offense occurred can supply and must certify these court documents.
    • Certified copy of the documents relative to any disciplinary action taken against any license. The documents must come from the agency that took the disciplinary action and must be certified by that agency.
    • A detailed description of the circumstances surrounding your criminal record or disciplinary action and a thorough description of the rehabilitative changes in your lifestyle since the time of the offense or disciplinary action which would enable you to avoid these instances in the future.
    • It would be helpful to include factors in your life, which you feel, may have contributed to your crime or disciplinary action, what you have learned about yourself since that time, and the changes you have made that support your rehabilitation.
      Note: The burden of proof lies with the applicant to demonstrate evidence of rehabilitation. Examples of rehabilitation evidence may include some of the items below, this list is not complete and you may have information you wish to send:
    • If applicable to your crime or discipline, documented evidence of professional treatment and counseling you may have completed. Please provide a discharge summary, if available.
    • Letters of reference on official letterhead from employers, nursing program administrator, nursing instructors, health professionals, professional counselors, support group sponsors, parole or probation officers, or other individuals in positions of authority who are knowledgeable about your rehabilitation efforts.
    • Proof of community work, education, and/or self-improvement efforts.
    • Court-issued certificate of rehabilitation or evidence of expungement, proof of compliance with criminal probation or parole, and orders of the court.

    Good luck!