Any nurses out there hired by a hospital after a minor felony on their record? - page 5

Does anyone know FIRST hand whether or not a hospital will actually consider a candidate with a felony on their record? More than 14 years ago when I was only a teenager, I was charged as an... Read More

  1. by   sharon126
    Where are you a staffing coordinator Mr. Walters. I think that you might be one in a million
  2. by   thunderbolt
    your situation sounds incredibly like mine. but i also will never give because nursing is my passion
  3. by   2kidsan2halfs
    Quote from RN-NewGrad
    Thanks for the reply but as I mentioned before felonies can not be expunged. And by "minor" felony I mean that it was not murder, rape etc. There is a BIG difference between murder and some petty theft but they are still both felonies, hence the word minor. Besides, as I mentioned, I DID NOT DO THE CRIME in the first place and I was a teenager(charged as an adult), so to me, it was minor. Also if you start reading the law books, there really are some laws that would shock you. Things you would never even think are illegal are and the word felony implies a terrible crime and that isn't always the case but I am still being classified in the same category as murders and rapists and so no wonder I can't get an interview.

    Also, as I stated, I did not disclose this to my nursing school director or the BON prior to sitting for the boards because I did not know it was on my record until after passing the NCLEX as I already explained. The fingerprint check did not come back apparently until after the test. Maybe my felony is only seen by FBI fingerprint and not by running my name (I don't know) So, I have been honest. As soon as I learned it was on my record, I have always checked yes on my applications.

    I already know from talking to lawyers that legally there is nothing I can do to fix this but get a pardon, but that will never happen because after doing some research, it appears that there are thousands of pardon applications sitting on the governors desk having never been looked at because governors don't want to appear to be soft on crime.

    The reason for my post as I mentioned before was to see if any HR person will even consider looking at a job application from someone who checked yes to a felony. This isn't about being honest, because I am being honest. I can't really explain the situation very well anyways without the interview. I still would like to hear from those that have checked yes and got the interview.

    On a side note, there are countless people that have been wrongfully convicted (including myself) in this country alone and society looks down on them and asks them to be sorry for the crime they did not commit. Imagine for a second how your life would be if YOU were accused of something you did not do and then for the rest of your life you had to be looked at as a criminal and couldn't even get a job and people told you to just be honest and say you are sorry and have learned from your mistake (In other words admit to the crime even though you didn't do it). Don't think it is possible... then you are wrong. It happens way more than anyone thinks. Think about it. Police officers are just regular people like you and me. They are biased and they aren't judges or lawyers either so when they arrest someone, many, many times they are wrong. But when a jury and judge sees that person in the courtroom, they like you, automatically think guilty because this society thinks that if they were innocent then the cop wouldn't have arrested them. We really put a lot of power in the hands of the police officers. Many of which are crooks themselves. Our legal system is far from anything we want it to be or think it is. From the cop all the way up to the law makers themselves. The system is flawed and therefore can't be trusted. But we are taught as young children to trust the police officer so we do and we trust the system and so there are a lot of you out there who automatically assume I am guilty and so it is my mistake to live with. Isn't this what the HR people think too, probably. So that's my problem. How do I get to be seen on my application as the smart, skilled nurse I am instead of the crime I was accused of?
    I know this was a year since you posted this, I hope you are still a member. I live inRichmond just finished school an have put in numerous apps with checking yes to a conviction, but no bites back yet. I was just wondering did you ever get the job.
  4. by   monique123
    I understand you 100% because I'm in a very very similair situation. I had a felony conviction on my record 10 years ago and I was 18 years old then. I did get the conviction sealed but in healthcare the BCI told me that they are aloud to send employers my record when it comes to working with elderly and children. This has made me think twice about finishing my education in nursing as a LPN. I am also a law abiding citizen and I was also at the wrong place and time when I got charged, my boyfriend even admitted in court that he was responsible. So I guess they convicted us both, but he did two years and I got probation because I was considered a first offender. I also called the Ohio board of nursing about my situation and they told me they do give license to people with criminal histories, but if I went that far into getting my license I'm scared the BCI would give employers a disqualifying number which shows up preventing me from working as a nurse. My conviction wasn't violent towards anyone either.
  5. by   Amoona
    I have been working on all my prereqs for the past 3 years, i had made stupid mistakes that I regretted 7 years ago, I applied for a healthcare workers waiver in il RECENTLY and waiting now to get a waiver granted. I also got my CNA 1 year after the crime but never used it because I needed a waiver and never applied for it because i was too ashamed. It was retail theft and use of stolen credit card , like I said real dumb mistakes I made as a young adult, which I regret because they haunted me everywhere until today. I also just applied to get my records sealed in Illinois as well through the cook country court houses. They said I am not able to expunge it but I do qualify for a seal which can take up to 8 months.

    Point is, I just got accepted to nursing school after all these hard years of working. They told me I have 2 weeks to submit a backround check along with all my documents, and supposed to start clinicals in september. I am extremely afraid of whats going to happen, Its going to come up because it has not been sealed yet, I will not try to hide it and never thought of hiding it, I just dont want them to tell me I cant go to school. I wont be done for another 2 years. I need 4 semesters in school and by then I will have the seal complete. The IL public health department that I most likely will be granted the waiver and will have the waiver on my record with the state before school starts. Do you guys think that they can legally tell me I cant finish school now? or redetermine my acceptance to nursing school? It took me years to finish all my sciences and pass the teas test. ? I wont even be applying to take the NCLEX for another 2 years. Please tell me your honest opinion. I SERIOUSLY AM A CHANGED PERSON and no longer around bad influences in my life.
  6. by   Lovenox1
    I actually finished nursing school and did not think that anything would come up, since I went through the first background check for school and nothing showed up, and had not put anything down, since I never did a crime aganist a person, or hurt anyone, and it was a stupid thing that happened years ago.. Anyway I hired a Nurse attorney while waiting to take my NCLEX, maybe a couple of months sooner. And she agreed with me and it went past the board and was okayed and I have been a nurse for over a year. I hired a Nurse attorney out of Austin Texas, she was not even in my home town, nice thing was that she was working right in the Capital of Texas where the board is at and has a lot of contact with them for many things..But although I still have the paper work ect from the board I would hate to go through explaining to an employer. But nothing was asked about this problem when I was hired. And I was passed by the board. The board does know that a lot of peole did do dumb things early on, they have and had children too!
  7. by   HoustonTXRN
    i had a record before i applied to nursing school. I did my background check with the board of nursing, they allowed me to go to nursing school, once i got in, i didn't have any trouble doing clinical rotations at the hospitals. After i graduated, the took the NCLEX with no problems since the board already knew i had a record, everything was smooth sailing. The problem came with finding a job! I was unemployed for 2.5 years, that was very hard to grip only because you think you would get a job right away after graduation (something all grads expect). i landed a job, yes, but i was fortunate to land this job after i had gone through so many interviews and having 2 job offers taken back. It was very hard on me psychologically. Good Luck!
  8. by   Vrthomas
    Lovenox1: I am interested in getting some information regarding the attorney you used. Could you tell me a way I could contact you, or a way I can get you my email information?
  9. by   Karl Farmer
    There is no such thing as a minor felony. There are degrees of felonies, yes. But criminally speaking, a misdemeanor is a minor crime, and a felony is a major crime.
  10. by   Lovenox1
    Hi, I tried to post the name of the nurse attorney I used in Austin, and would not allow me to post it. I do not know if you can post your email information on this site. I wish I could help you. I am not a paying member on this site, so I can not post private emails to others. So sorry!!
  11. by   NRSKarenRN
    one can use our private message feature after 15th quality post.

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  12. by   Lovenox1
    Hey thanks that is great listing that webpage, I looked under Texas and found my hero, fourth on the list!...
  13. by   alicia0090
    this makes me feel so much better! i just finished my CNA class and i am worried about a mistake i made this past july. i was fired from my job because i stole money out of the register. it was so stupid of me and i am truly ashamed to say i did something like that. now whenever i got to an interview i just dont know if it's worth bringing up to anybody or not. i graduate from my class tomorrow and i'm looking for work desperately right now. i'm afraid nobody will hire me. i'm tired of being turned down from all of my interviews and i don't know what to do. from reading all of these feeds it sounds like there's hope for me yet! i not once got discouraged because i know if i don't own up to my responsibilities i won't get anywhere and and it'll just show i can be irresponsible. i really want a job right now and i'll do anything for some type of income. what should i do? should i be up front and tell the employer the truth. like someone else mentioned, i don't want the employer to picture me as a criminal and let that one mistake i made judge me for the person i really am even though i made one careless mistake for the first time in all 19 years of my life. what should i do?