Denied to take NCLEX, should I take an attorney to my hearing??? - page 3

by nurse_wannab

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Hi, I finished nursing school and was denied to sit for nclex due to a recent misdemeanor conviction. I have a formal hearing with the BON coming up, and I am very confused as to what happens next. I'm reading so much about... Read More


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    Quote from nurse_wannab
    Hi everyone,

    I just wanted to give you all an update: I finally want to my hearing & the hearing officer agreed to allow me to get a probationary license, until all my fines are paid then I can get the probation removed. They said, that it is not final yet, as the board has to approve it. I am praying that they do!!! For some reason I thought that a final decision would be made that day at the hearing & my attorney & I would sign off on the terms. Has anyone else gone thru this? Now I just have to wait for a phone call from my attorney, but again i am very hopeful & I'm just so happy that i wasn't outright denied!!! I am so glad that the hearing is over, because I have been so stressed out & depressed prior to it. Well now i'm questioning if the probationary license will prevent me from working, I have a p/t position as an aide within a healthcare system, but I'm not sure if once licensed they will let me transition & work as a nurse under probation. I wish I had all the money to pay the fines & restitution, but they total around 10K. Also, once I do qualify for removal of the probation, will that always remain on my license?
    As far as I know, the information will always be available when people look you up on the Board's license verification website. You can expect employment problems, but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel. Good luck.
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    Hi everyone,

    Just thought I would check back in to let you know what has been going on...NOTHING. My hearing with the BON was in August...& I was told that they just met last week, to decide on my case. I have been nothing but patient, but I feel that I have lost everything I've learned in school to pass NCLEX. My lawyer told me that it could take a few more weeks for processing, before I will know if I can be licensed or not. It's been forever & I still don't know. I'm hoping to get good news, I know the conselor said she would reccommend a "probationary license", but from what I understand the board members all had to agree on that. All I know is that I am totally bummed about all this!!!
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    I wish you all the best, but you can apply for another state license but you will go thru the same process. a CNA license is not even similar to RN licensure. I'll be praying for you.
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    Okay so I was denied!!! The board did suggest that I reapply after I pay all my fines & restitution & my probation ends (by the way, they are fully aware that once my fines are paid off my probation automatically ends). My attorney says that even though I was denied, the goods news is after I meet their requirements I can reapply & most likely be approved then. Oh well I tried my best. I put my best foot forward...I am working on paying all the restitution off & hopefully reapplying next year. I am sad about it, but I am still hopeful that one day I will be a nurse.
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    Quote from nurse_wannab
    Okay so I was denied!!! The board did suggest that I reapply after I pay all my fines & restitution & my probation ends (by the way, they are fully aware that once my fines are paid off my probation automatically ends). My attorney says that even though I was denied, the goods news is after I meet their requirements I can reapply & most likely be approved then. Oh well I tried my best. I put my best foot forward...I am working on paying all the restitution off & hopefully reapplying next year. I am sad about it, but I am still hopeful that one day I will be a nurse.
    ^^^^Good luck. Sounds like you'll get there eventually.
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    funny how i just got approved for a CNA license but denied for a nursing license and I finished nursing school. Al so, is it possible for me to apply for a nursing license in another state while this is going on or after, or that is not allowed?
    I don't know how every state does it, but aids are not licensed in my state. They are known as SRNA state registered nurse aids, and they are registered with the board. Licensing implies a higher standard. It actually makes sense that the standard would be different. UAP's (Unlicensed Assistive Personnel) do not handle medications. So the board would no doubt not look upon drug convictions the same way as they would for a Nurse, just for an example.

    My understanding is that boards pretty much universally require you to self report any actions, even pending ones, that might affect your license. Even if you managed to "slide under the radar" so to speak, and get licensed in another State, this would still end up catching up to you. Better to deal with it in an honest and upfront way. The boards can and will catch up to you. In my State they will pull your license for unpaid child support and things of that nature that really have nothing to do with nursing. You don't want to get caught doing something that could seem "sneakey".

    Good luck.
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    Hello, I was trying to respond to you but I am not allowed to reply in private messages for some reason. I received a copy of the proposed decision from my court hearing in Feb and it said that it was only a copy and a decision is still being made on whether they are going to adopt the decision or not. We're me May now and I still havent heard back from them. I am hopeful they will adopt the decision, which basically is to approve me to take the NCLEX under conditions: If/when I pass my nclex i will be on probation for 2 years, have to get approval from the BON before accepting a job, and I can't work in certain places. I think those are the main conditions. I just received about a few weeks ago a letter from the BVNPT about my LVN license and they approved me to keep my license under conditions: 2 years probation, submit to 2x month urine testing, AA mtgs, quarterly reports, small fine, and attend a course substantially related to my case. If the BVNPT thankfully let me have this opportunity, then I remain hopeful the BRN will let me take my nclex. Gluck to both of us!
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    nurse wannab you will be ok. They will not endorse anyone who is still on probation. After you pay resitution you will be able to reapply and get back on track.
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    Hi nurse wannab and anyone else with a prior conviction or arrest they are getting over. I had an arrest from over 7 years ago and was granted permission to attend a private nursing school, and take the nclex. After I took the nclex and passed, i applied for licensure and was asked for more information because an FBI record was on file for me. I went through the necessary paperwork, went to a drug/alcohol class, and proved to the BON that I am a changed person and all I want is to be able to take care of people for the rest of my life. I was granted my RN BSN license after a few months. I just wanted to state that it is NOT impossible to get a license after stupid mistakes that you have made in the past. Unfourtantly people with a criminal past have it alot harder than other people, but it is NOT impossible to succeed in your nursing carreer with one. I encourage everyone with mistakes in ther pasts to NEVER give up on nursing. When it comes to thinking you may not have what it takes, or you forget what you know for the nclex, nursing is like riding a bike.
    Good luck to you, and if you really want to be a nurse, IT WILL HAPPEN!!!


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