I can try to help the best I can... I'm in my first semester of nursing school
right now and when we applied we had to answer the same question. Upon answering the question I then had to provide documents of my records and such to the Louisiana State Board of nursing.
I had very minor offenses like getting in a fight while in high school, and underage possession of alcohol when I was 20. Well anyways, I was never convicted of any of the charges and they were dropped with no records even available to give the Nursing Board.
I thought it wouldn't be a big deal, but was I wrong. Even with no records, the board put me on probation the whole time I'm in nursing school. This probation consists of a 1 time appointment with a clinical psychologist, a psychiatrist, and a drug assessment counselor all at my expense. Also I had to send them 200 dollars to "process" the information the previous three places said about me. Also the information that they conclude about me is not covered by any privacy act which essentially means anyone can get their hands on it. Which really isn't bad since all three of them were very nice and said some very nice things about me, but its just the point. On top of all that, I have to send the Nursing Board 25 dollars a month while I'm attending nursing classes, and also am subject to drug tests monthy which doesn't include the tests the nursing school gives randomly. All of this at my expense for charges that were all dropped in court because I really wasn't guilty of them, just wrong place wrong time wrong people situations.
I can't say much about other state nursing boards, but the one in Louisiana really either has issues, or is out to make money... which i think it's a blend of both.
And I do realize that Nursing Boards need to take measures like this to keep criminals out of hospitals so they won't hurt patients or steal medicines, but right now I'm about 2500 dollars in debt over something I was never convicted for, and I feel like I'm being treated like a drug addict with the mandatory drug testing they are imposing on me even though none of the charges I ever face were related to drugs.
It's a crazy thing to have to go through, and if you face the same things I'm going through just make sure you have a big net of support and comfort through family and friends because they are the only reason I haven't broke down from all the stress the "process" has put me through.