I already have my RN license but i am currently not working. I was wondering if anyone knows when you have a criminal record expunged does anything show up when the hospitals do a background check for employment? My lawyer says that the FBI will always be able to find out things about your past but after it is expunged it is removed from public view. Right now the only thing that shows up is my arrest record, I have to wait until my probation is over to have it expunged. Also, will it show up to the BON when I renew my license? Thanks for any help.
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Does a criminal (felony) background have anything to do with you getting into a nursing program? I just got off probation and I'm taking my prereq's to get into a LPN program. I was told that if the crime had nothing to do with the care of patients then I had nothing to worry about, is this true, or it does matter?
Yes, most definately! I'm going through the motions right now as we speak. I graduated from nursing school in December 2004 and I was told no news is good news by the school in reference to the application process. not true. all of my calssmates started getting their clearance to test and now have their licenses and I don't because I was never notified that the BON needed certified documents about my past convictions I informed the BON of the past previously,but I am required to send all certified dispositions and an individual statement of each account Who,why when and where and everything has to be notorized or sealed by the court. so do not believe the hype if you have a felony and have completed all the requirements start obtaining all your court documents, have them stamped w/state seal and keep them in your records until its time for you to apply the State Board your requesting the license from. Good Luck to you and keep your head up the past is the past.
Last edit by nchel on Mar 22, '05
Mar 22, '05
The laws are differens in each state, every BON has its own ways of dealing with there things, and every employer as well. As a general rule, nurse employers, particularly hospitals, hold nurses to an exceptionally high standard.
All potential and current nurses with criminal records would be wise to investigate themselves, from an employer standpoint(as well as BON) in their own locales, not coming to a BB. Nobody knows your specific answers unless they've been through it in your own area. You can call your state BON's anonymously and ask a question, and you can also run your own background check for a fee via internet search engines.
Bottom line, nurse employers tend to dislike criminal records as well as credit problems and bad references, so you need to know what background check search is done in your area. If a Group One type service is used (3rd party collector of info), data from former employers will be there as well.
Knowledge is power: know what is on your background check info so you can take control of the interview and not have it be a 'surprise'...some employers can be quite understanding about mistakes in the past.
Good luck to the OP. I hope it really is expunged and won't be a problem, but be prepared.
Last edit by mattsmom81 on Mar 22, '05