Hi. I want to be a nurse practitioner when it is all said and done with. I was originally going to get my BSN, but became very interested in biology, so I switched my major to Biology. Has anybody else done this (BS in Biology, as opposed to Nursing, and then MSN), and would they recommend it?
Also. I have several misdemeanor convictions. Most were underage consumptions, disordly conduct, and one DUI; however, I was also convicted of a petty theft and domestic violence (more serious charges). For some reason, my background check (via the State's Attorney General's office) only comes back with two charges
: domestic violence and disorderly conduct. I had a problem with alcohol, pharmaceuticals, a bad relationship, and depression for several years. I went to counseling and what not, and am now back to my original self. I haven't had any "occurrences" since November 2005.
My question is, if I work on a family or pediatric NP degree, will I even be allowed to work? Will there be a criminal background check before I enter the Master's program? And when I move out of state, will the convictions/charges be "picked up" in the other state? I really think I would enjoy (therefore be good at) working with children (the younger the better) and maybe new moms. I would also like to possibly become a lactation consultant, but am I barred due to my convictions? I know I sound and look horrible on paper, that's why I am asking.