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This is a discussion on Discouraged with the Texas BON Enforcment process..... in Nursing Licensure With A Criminal History, part of Nursing Career Advice ... The process of the Texas BON and background checks is very lengthy. I understand why the BON feels...by busielady Feb 25The process of the Texas BON and background checks is very lengthy. I understand why the BON feels the background checks are necessary, however it is my belief that the colleges should have their students apply for the same background check the BON is going to put you through. This way if there is an issue that should arise it can be dealt with prior to graduation. I myself graduated in December and now I have to wonder if I wasted four years of school only to hear"you do not meet the currant requirements due to a positive background check from 22 years ago". First of all it is not always possible that a person remembers everything that has ever happened in their life. So, it is possible that just because they didn't report it that it was not due to deception just a lack of recall. In the meantime it's hard to know if you should take a job till you hear from the BON or just keep studying hoping any day now you will get the approval to take your NCLEX-RN exam. Any words of wisdom are appreciated. Still waiting........
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- Feb 25 by GrnTeaAppeal is built into almost every governmental bureaucracy. Ask to whom you should speak about this.
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- Mar 2 by db2xsQuote from busieladyAmen! I was arrested and charged over 10 years ago and was never told by the schools of nursing that I would have to deal with this once I neared graduation/was preparing for the boards. Now my process is delayed by two months because my record is in "archives" and you know how long this red tape business takes ... Forever!it is my belief that the colleges should have their students apply for the same background check the BON is going to put you through. This way if there is an issue that should arise it can be dealt with prior to graduation.
Actually, I suggested to the dean of my school to warn students that if they have ever had an arrest/conviction, that they should deal with it STAT before it comes around to kick them in the butt--either during clearance time for clinicals or at the time of licensure.
Best of luck to you, busielady. I feel your pain and frustration!
- Mar 3 by leighTXAt my school, upon admission you're required to run a background check. I did get "arrested" (technically, I think? It was a confusing situation...) and fingerprinted and had a mug shot taken, but never went to court (never got charged, again, I think, confusing simes), so I got dinged. I wrote a Declaratory Order to the TX BON, they sent back a letter basically saying I was able to start attending school, and here I am, almost done with semester 2/4 for my BSN.
Passing the criminal background check is a REQUIREMENT of the conditional admittance my school offers a person. They also stressed during orientation that should anything happen to you during school - arrested for a DUI during Thanksgiving break, for example - you should immediately go to an advisor to start working on correcting the issue IMMEDIATELY, as opposed to after graduation and learning you have to wait additional months/years just to sit for the NCLEX!
Good luck on your journey, I hope everything works out for you!
- May 6 by busieladyWell, It looks as though I may be on the count down towards getting approved to take the NCLEX. I am on week four of six; that's how long The Texas BON says it will be before I will get a reply from them. It has been a long wait, but I have had plenty to keep me busy. Now just praying I have prepared well enough to pass the first time.