2 Dismissed Misdemeanor Charges... Rejection Letter? Please help.

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    Hi,


    I had taken the TEAS exam, passed, and had my interview for a practical nursing program & it went very very well. The woman told me that I had nothing to worry about and I should be getting a letter in February for being accepted or rejected.

    To my surpurise I got a rejection letter yesterday (awful start to my weekend)! It pretty much said that in review of my CORI check along with the Good Moral Character requirements for licensure in nursing & entry requirements, I was ineligible to enroll into the program at this time. It then says that I have teh right to review my CORI and denial of enrollment based on the GMC requirements with the director of admissions. Well of course I want to do that, because I'm a little confused. In my past I have gotten in trouble and it's completely embarassing and a part of my PAST - I've grown and matured since then. The arrests were posession of a class E substance and an A&B, 2 seperate arrests. I actually paid $25 online today to get a copy of my CORI so I could see it... Both are considered misdemeanors, closed cases, and non-convictions.

    Can anyone give me insight as to why you think I may have gotten rejected? Is it because of the class E posession? Both arrests sound a lot worse than they actually were, but I know that an arrest is an arrest. I'm just so confused because I figured they wouldn't even show up on a CORI and I could have sworn back in my days of having to goto court, they said if I did the probation and everything as I should have, that I'd have a clean record. I want to have some kind of idea so I don't get extremely emotional or too defensive if I meet with the director. Is it worth trying to 'fight?' Should I try to seal my record... will that even help? Also, do you think it may just be this one program - are community colleges likely to deny me too? Should I apply at some other technical schools as some still have TEAS dates coming up, or will they all deny me like this one did?

    Any advice would be completely helpful as I'm totally stressed and upset about this.

    Thankyou.
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    Hello! I'm going to speak form my heart, but I'm also going to blunt.

    I would recommned meeting with the Director of Admissions to do just what the letter says you have the right to do... which is to review your case. Do not go thinking you can talk your way into the program, instead, go with the mentality of wanting to learn what exactly made them reject your application.

    Learn form the experience and determine if there is anything you can do to improve your chances of being accepted in another institution. If you get into a nursing program, this issue will come up again before you can take your NCLEX-RN... and then you will need to provide all the information they ask you to satisfy their requirements to let you sit for the board examination.

    What ever happened, happened... you now have to live with the ramifications of those actions the rest of your life. Even if charges were dismissed. Take ownership of your actions and highlight the things you have made to make things right and not repeat the same mistakes again.

    You are trying to enter a professional career that is extremely important for people's health. You need to prove over and over that you have become a better person and are worthy of taking care patients, their privacy, and their lives. No Board of Nursing will take any blemish in one's criminal or civil records lightly.

    Go in, talk with the Director, and learn form the experience. If you just start appling to others schools without facing this challenge now, I'm afraid the rejection letters will continue to come to you.

    Sending you bet wishes!
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    I'm not sure where my comment went!

    Thank you so much for your reply, I appreciate it.

    I'm just nervous to meet with the director of admissions. Basically, I don't really have a life changing event that made me change as a person other than just growing up and maturing on my own. I changed my surroundings and started going to therapy so I could like myself as a person and therefore not do things that were illegal. I also got out of an abusive relationship but that took some time - that helped me be who I wanted to be. I complied with all of the terms of my probation, never failed a drug test and always showed up to meet with my officer, kept a job etc. Other than really becoming a CNA and remianing a student and keeping jobs, what makes me any better than a criminal to get a job? Maybe I'm really just over thinking it, but I don't think simply telling anyone during an interview that I had troubles when I was younger and I'm a different person now is what they want to hear.

    Quote from Devon Rex
    Hello! I'm going to speak form my heart, but I'm also going to blunt.

    I would recommned meeting with the Director of Admissions to do just what the letter says you have the right to do... which is to review your case. Do not go thinking you can talk your way into the program, instead, go with the mentality of wanting to learn what exactly made them reject your application.

    Learn form the experience and determine if there is anything you can do to improve your chances of being accepted in another institution. If you get into a nursing program, this issue will come up again before you can take your NCLEX-RN... and then you will need to provide all the information they ask you to satisfy their requirements to let you sit for the board examination.

    What ever happened, happened... you now have to live with the ramifications of those actions the rest of your life. Even if charges were dismissed. Take ownership of your actions and highlight the things you have made to make things right and not repeat the same mistakes again.

    You are trying to enter a professional career that is extremely important for people's health. You need to prove over and over that you have become a better person and are worthy of taking care patients, their privacy, and their lives. No Board of Nursing will take any blemish in one's criminal or civil records lightly.

    Go in, talk with the Director, and learn form the experience. If you just start appling to others schools without facing this challenge now, I'm afraid the rejection letters will continue to come to you.

    Sending you bet wishes!
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    Hello!

    I understand your dilemma. However, the issues will come up no matter whether you address them or not. SO, you're best to address them. Everything you said in the last post about what you've done to change who you were (for the best), is what they need to know. That doesn't show up on your record, so you must bring it forth. You can do that in confidence, other students or professor need not to know your business. BUT... those who handle your applications do need to know.

    I takes great committment to comply with what has been asked of you during your restitution. It take even more courage to take responsibility and ownership of those mistakes and demonstrate that you have learned form them and how you are committed to help others.

    Perhaps volunteering on a program helping youth in getting out of trouble or staying out of trouble would be a solid testament to your resolution. Just a suggestion.

    If nursing is in your heart and you really want to become a nurse... your price is a little higher than others, but not impossible. This situation makes you stronger in ways I am not (for instance). Turn the bad into good. Not everyone will give you a chance, but others will. I believe that God will place you where He needs you to be.

    Do not be afraid of talking with the Director of Admissions. As I said before, do not go to the meeting thinking you will be trying to convice him/her to let you into the program... go in to learn what you can do to make your dream a reality, even if it means in another school.

    Keep the faith and your chin up!
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    From your tone you sound as though you are not in the US. That said, in the US you can secure a lawyer who will then help you to purge your record of those letters. If the charges were dismissed they should not be in your file or history.

    So my advice, speak to a good attorney.
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    Quote from Devon Rex
    Hello!

    I understand your dilemma. However, the issues will come up no matter whether you address them or not. SO, you're best to address them. Everything you said in the last post about what you've done to change who you were (for the best), is what they need to know. That doesn't show up on your record, so you must bring it forth. You can do that in confidence, other students or professor need not to know your business. BUT... those who handle your applications do need to know.

    I takes great committment to comply with what has been asked of you during your restitution. It take even more courage to take responsibility and ownership of those mistakes and demonstrate that you have learned form them and how you are committed to help others.

    Perhaps volunteering on a program helping youth in getting out of trouble or staying out of trouble would be a solid testament to your resolution. Just a suggestion.

    If nursing is in your heart and you really want to become a nurse... your price is a little higher than others, but not impossible. This situation makes you stronger in ways I am not (for instance). Turn the bad into good. Not everyone will give you a chance, but others will. I believe that God will place you where He needs you to be.

    Do not be afraid of talking with the Director of Admissions. As I said before, do not go to the meeting thinking you will be trying to convice him/her to let you into the program... go in to learn what you can do to make your dream a reality, even if it means in another school.

    Keep the faith and your chin up!
    Thank you so much, that just put a smile on my face!! Now I am waiting for the school to get back to me- the fun never ends! :-)
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    I am in the US. I got a call back from my old probation officer todY, and he said that he is not sure what the people at the program are talking about because both were misdemeanors, cwof-ed and dismissed. This is even more troubling- makes me think the school is just extra picky? Im
    Not sure if I should go through the hassle of meeting with a lawyer and try sealing my records or not


    Quote from mindlor
    From your tone you sound as though you are not in the US. That said, in the US you can secure a lawyer who will then help you to purge your record of those letters. If the charges were dismissed they should not be in your file or history.

    So my advice, speak to a good attorney.
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    Hi Katex. I'm not sure why the program rejected you, but I guess they are "free" to do what they want. I think it is an individual institution's discretion to do so. I will let you know that I applied to two MSN programs (I have a bachelor's in a non-nursing field), and I admitted in my application that I had been arrested in the past (misdemeanor), but I also explained the circumstances behind it. Amazingly enough, they both accepted me into their programs.

    So don't give up hope. Not all programs will reject you.
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    Thats awesome good for you! Now did you disclose that during your interview for getting into the program or just for the nursing boards to take the NCLEX? Im just going to try and apply at other schools and hope for better luck, sigh! Lol



    Quote from db2xs
    Hi Katex. I'm not sure
    why the program rejected you, but I guess they are "free" to do what they want. I think it is an individual institution's discretion to do so. I will let you know that I applied to two MSN programs (I have a bachelor's in a non-nursing field), and I admitted in my application that I had been arrested in the past (misdemeanor), but I also explained the circumstances behind it. Amazingly enough, they both accepted me into their programs.

    So don't give up hope. Not all programs will reject you.
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    Quote from katex03
    Thats awesome good for you! Now did you disclose that during your interview for getting into the program or just for the nursing boards to take the NCLEX? Im just going to try and apply at other schools and hope for better luck, sigh! Lol
    I disclosed the information on the online application for admissions, not during the interview. I am getting ready to graduate with a BSN in May (decided to forego the MSN) and now have to face the BON/NCLEX thing. This is proving to be very difficult. My misdemeanor is over ten years old (I posted something yesterday, asking questions; you can see it on the message board), and truly it has been a non-issue for me all these years. I unfortunately never checked to see if it was truly expunged, so I'm going to do that now. I truly believed that I was not denying anything, because I was always told that if my record was expunged, I didn't have to admit it unless specifically asked details.

    It seems that you're straightening everything out now, even before going into school. Good for you. That will save you from any surprises at the end, which is what my situation is.

    Good luck with your school applications!


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