Quote from lindalarson70
I hope somebody can help me. I graduated nursing school this past December 2013, I applied to the Illinois BON, and I passed my NCLEX. I applied for my license and have had a job offer which my boss is holding for me, for how long I don't know. I just found out that my license is getting held up because something came back on my background check. I went to my county courthouse and found out that I have a couple of misdemeanors from 22 and 23 years ago for driving on a suspended license. I didn't tell the BON about these things because I really didn't know they were misdemeanors, I know it sounds stupid but then again 22 years ago I was stupid and I don't remember what they told me in court. I thought I just had traffic violations.. The BON told me to get court documents and a write them a letter of explaination.... What does any body think or know about how this may turn out for me.. I am totally scared that they wont give me my nursing license????? Help
I can understand your confusion--a lot of traffic offenses are not misdemeanors but infractions, which depending on your BON's tastes may or may not have to be reported. So many assume that unless the traffic ticket is a "biggie" (i.e., DUI), it's nothing. Alas, not true.
All you can do is do as the BON asks: write that letter, submit the documents. Also see if there's any supporting evidence you can provide, such as character references, completion of any drivers' ed programs, etc.
I'd also consider seeking out an attorney's advice, especially if you will have to appear before the BON, as the BON is not the nurse's friend.
Best of luck.