I really don't want to waste my time on a three year waiting list if I wont pass a background check. 5 years ago I was charged for pos of marijuana and DUI but I was NOT convicted of pos of marijuana only the DUI. Will this affect my chances of getting in? I have worked so hard and not sure who to ask about this. Thank you
Mar 4, '13
Moving to Nursing Licensure with Criminal History forum.
Mar 6, '13
Probably depends on state and facility. You could contact your BON for more info.
I had a discussion with a colleague about this a few months ago. The company I work for also has a training facility for CNA/MA/PCT/phlebotomy. We conduct background checks before allowing them to enroll. My understanding is that the only thing that will bar you from enrolling is violent or drug related felony. I think possibly financial stuff like fraud or theft might affect, but again, think its only at the felony level. We had a student during the time this conversation occurred who we let sign up even if she did have a negative criminal background. The issue will arise for her when it comes time to find work. Because we might allow this for the training center, but a potential employer might have more issues with it.
It's a risk to take I guess. You say your conviction was 5 years ago...Depending on the program you enroll in, 3-4 years...That puts you almost at the 10 year mark after the DUI. You might be able to get a pardon or something to remove that from your record by then. I guess you could get a consultation with a lawyer on top of speaking to BON for your state.
Best of luck!
Mar 7, '13
Just from my own experience with a 15 year old DUI on my record and a possession of stolen goods charge (9 years ago) that was dropped, I was able to still get into a top ten nursing school in the country for a direct-entry masters program. I was honest on my application and it came up in my interview, however, I was still accepted. I paid for a background check on myself and neither of those charges came up. This is not fact for all schools, but I have heard they are usually concerned with up to 5 years back. I would def. not lie on your application because they will find out. I think our biggest hurdle will come with the BON. What state do you live in b/c all states follow a different protocol. Best of luck.
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