Hello everyone- I'll try to keep this as brief as possible. I won't beat around the bush and say "my friend" or "I have a relative".... This pertains to me and only me. From the ages of 17-20 I got into a lot of trouble, resulting in several convictions- ranging from theft to drug possession. By the age of 21 I woke up and realized I had to move my life in the direction it was supposed to go all along (when I was national honor society and had academic scholorships waiting for me). After 18 months of recovery (in the NA program), I decided to start schooling for nursing. I completed my pre-req's with a 4.0 and applied to Thomas Jefferson, where I was accepted. After being accepted, I wrote a letter to the board of nursing of PA, explaining my situation. Two weeks before orientation, they notified me that I should have at least ten years between me and any trouble I have had in the past. That was five years ago. I have started to do some preliminary research about getting back into school and it seems the rules have gotten much stiffer over the last few years. It confuses me though- there seem to be a ton of programs for nurses who have fallen from grace AFTER they got their license, but not much for people who have done some stupid things as a kid and have since gotten their life on track. I have 6 and a half years clean and have not had any type of legal trouble in over seven years. I guess I'm seeking some advice- am I wasting my time? Should I just give up and realize that the mistakes I made as a young adult will prevent me from any type of dignified career? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have always wanted to get into nursing- I know I have the brains for it, I certainly have the compassion- I made many mistakes but none of them ever involved any type of violence- I was simply a dumb junkie that got caught up in a terrible lifestyle. I live in new jersey and would like to nurse in jersey or PA, but it seems these are two of the toughest states when considering this matter. Thank you in advance for any help.