Quote from knufflebunny
i have 2 felony convictions on 2 separate occasions. the first one is a possession charge with a dui. (i was under the influence of the narcotic while driving and also had possession of it). the 2nd one is intent to distribute. both are 10 years old. i can prove rehabilitation. finished all na, aa, diversion, community services. i am now a wife, mother, and a 4.0 student (and not the same person i was 10 years ago).
you would think that convictions past @ least 10 years wouldn't be an issue. certainly anyone struggling with the disease of addiction can present with differing manifestations of the disease with many of them ending in convictions. under such extenuating circumstances, as long as rehabilitation has been achieved, it seems awfully unfair to prevent someone's upward mobility when such a length of time has passed.
in my case, i was dismissed from school for a 14 year old criminal history and was devastated. it took some time for me to lift my head and continue moving forward. being barely out of my teens when i lost my way, i had no idea if i would live let alone what i wanted to do with my life. that my past can come back in such a way....well, i hope and pray that the state of california is more lenient in your case than the state of nj.
btw, with all the talk that i've heard of nurses being held to a higher standard, committing crimes while in the profession already or in nursing school
should be dealt with more harshly than being banned from the profession based on past offenses. especially in the face of circumstances and rehabilitation.