Criminal Infraction? Writing a Letter of Explanation to the BON - page 3

A criminal history does not mean that you cannot become a nurse, but it may mean extra work and extra expenses. If you have a previous offense, maybe you, like Ashley, must now write a letter of... Read More

  1. by   kfmoore
    I read your article and took it to heart when writing my letter(s) to the BON. This information was extremely helpful to address my issues. I even added my 7 year sobriety coin in my package to the board! Praying hard but hearing nothing! Thank you for the information.
  2. by   sjvRN
    Hello, hoping for some opinions. In 2009 when I was 19 I received an underage drinking ticket which is a misdemeanor and ultimately the charge was dismissed after I completed the pre-trial diversion program. I have not been in any criminal trouble since. I am currently a licensed RN in Texas and when I initially applied for my license I disclosed the charge and wrote a statement to the board. I am now applying for endorsement in Indiana because I will be movng there next year. I am having anxiety that Indiana could decline my request for licensure in their state. Since I have an active license in another state is it unlikely they will decline my request.
  3. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from sjvRN
    Hello, hoping for some opinions. In 2009 when I was 19 I received an underage drinking ticket which is a misdemeanor and ultimately the charge was dismissed after I completed the pre-trial diversion program. I have not been in any criminal trouble since. I am currently a licensed RN in Texas and when I initially applied for my license I disclosed the charge and wrote a statement to the board. I am now applying for endorsement in Indiana because I will be movng there next year. I am having anxiety that Indiana could decline my request for licensure in their state. Since I have an active license in another state is it unlikely they will decline my request.
    Every state is different. I know a nurse with a DUI on record that was licensed in a few states already but could not get a license in a desired state to do travel nursing. Your charges and circumstances are a little different, so you probably won't know until they grant or decline your endorsement. Did you contact the board and ask? That might help alleviate some of your anxiety.
  4. by   NurseNHowell
    My licensing attorney had said it is better to disclose than have them find out and decline you because the will see it as dishonest and that you are hiding something.

    Honestly it is highly unlikely that they would deny you for such an old infraction that you did the diversion program for.

    But they very well likely would deny you for hiding it and being in their eyes "sneaky" or "dishonest" about your past.

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