Hello Nurse Beth,
I am at a pivotal place in my career path. I have recently been accepted into a nursing program. However, I realize now (right before the semester begins) that the BON has the right to deny a nursing license for individuals with a criminal background.
I have the following charges:
1) Municipal Ordinance Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia-2002-I was under the age of 16.
2) Municipal Ordinance Violation of Battery-2004
3) Municipal Ordinance Violation for Underage Drinking 2005
4) Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana 2004.
5) Municipal Ordinance Violation of Retail Theft-2010.
All of my violations where resulted in tickets, except the Misdemeanor of Marijuana, which I spent time in jail, completed probation, and Alcohol/drug rehab. Do I even have a shot at getting licensed or should I peruse a different field? I was young and dumb, but I take responsibility.
I was allowed clinical placement at school, but I didn't realize the BON can still deny you after completing the program.
Thank you for your help!!!
Dear Was Young and Dumb,
There are no guarantees, but I think you have a shot. All BONs look for remorse, responsibility, and proof that you've changed.
Keep that in mind when you apply and compose your letter of explanation. Be thinking of people who will write letters of recommendation for you when the time comes. The key points are:
- In the past, you had problems and violated the law
- You took complete responsibility and fulfilled all rehab requirements
- You are a changed person and will go on to serve and help people
While the Battery charge stands out, (do not know if that means you assaulted someone?) it was a long time ago in 2004.
It sounds to me like you had a tough go of it in your younger years, but the BON is made up of people who will thoughtfully review your case.
It will take you longer than your classmates to get NCLEX approval. You might consider a
knowledgeable attorney to guide you when the time comes.
You must follow every step to the letter, provide all records, letters of character reference, and so on.
Good luck, friend. I support you in your efforts to change your life.
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