Quote from Pattycakes85
I apologize in advance if this sounds repetitive but I am so depressed! During the few days I have been on this forum nonstop, trying to find success stories but I can not seem to find any. I think I came across one or two and found out that they have been offered the job, and once the background check was done their offer had been declined. I feel pretty much hopeless. The conclusion seems to be that it IS possible to get into nursing school, and then your license with some time, but then impossible to get a job.
My story: 9 years ago, I was 18 when I was arrested for petty theft. (First and only) I can't rememeber exactly what happened after- I was in such shock and disappointment with myself. Anyway my lawyer told me that I would be granted a ACD and my case would be sealed if I was not arrested again. I attended a class as well. I'm not sure if I was a "YO" so I am mailing the FBI a record request to make sure it was sealed.....
I guess I just wanted someone to talk to. The only family I have right now is my older brother and if he found out, he would look at me completely differently. I am so sad. Who knew that one mistake would keep me from my dream? It's unbelievable because I recognize my terrible mistake but it is NOT in any way the person I am today.
I guess I would like to know if there are any nurses with an actual job who have a sealed record? And any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
I would not be so despondent. Many job applications use the verbiage, "in the past ten years" when asking about background information. You are coming up on that ten year cut-off. Some will ask if you have ever been arrested/ convicted, etc. The key for you is to have someone (credit agenices or other entity surely must do this for a fee for people) run a standard background check on you to see what, if anything, comes up regarding your arrest. There are several larger firms who handle these types of checks for larger employers; rarely is this service performed in-house. These outside vendors want to do a good job to retain their contracts, but they also want to keep their costs down. They do not have the time or manpower to find everything, esp. something that has been sealed. Your crime might not even show up on a national background check. Even if the application asks about ANY arrests, the actual background check performed often only goes back 10 years. This is true even for security sensitive positions such as aviation.
I was always amazed when I worked for an airline how many employees admitted to having DUIs and other arrests. One flight attendant I knew was even refused entry to Canada when they ran a quick computer check on him at the border, saw the DUI, and would not let him enter the country because in Canada, a DUI is a felony and certain felons (for DUI, I believe it was felonies committed fewer than 10 years ago) are not allowed entry into Canada without special permission. Some flight attendants even admitted to me that they fudged their application to get hired; others put past transgressions down on their applications and still got hired, and this is an extremely competitive industry. I am also sure there are many people working in health care as RNs and LPNs, etc., who have similar infractions from their past as you who somehow managed to get their foot in the door. Most of them are probably not eager to share this online with you, which is why you are having trouble finding "success stories." They are out there, trust me.
If you don't want to outright lie on an application that specifically asks if you have ever been arrested and/ or convicted of any crime -- and I certainly don't blame you for not wanting to -- you can always leave the question blank and seek clarification during the interview. If you are properly qualified for the job, and interview well, you could explain your situation to the interviewer and state that you were not sure how to answer the question because your case had been sealed and were 18 and it was 10 years ago, etc., and therefore, left it blank. This way, you are not lying, and you get a chance to really make your case and state why you should still be hired despite a misdemeanor 10 years ago, and allay any concerns an interviewer might have. They are only human; they and their family members have made similar mistakes. Is this a sure bet to work every time? Of course not, but you definitely have a shot! And this is not an all-or-nothing process, after all. I would go for your goals and not worry about this. All that you need is one "yes" from one employer one time, and you're in. From there, if you build up a good work history, and as more time passes, the crime you committed at 18 will become even less of an issue. If you knock on enough doors, I am confident it will happen. Don't give up before you've even started. That's unnecessarily borrowing trouble in my opinion. Best of luck to you!!