Greetings. About a year ago I made a huge mistake...I was homeless and depressed and attempted to steal something from the food lion. Since I had nothing else on my record the case was dismissed with a warning never to commit theft again. It has been a year and the case is dismissed. I am now looking into the future and I really hope to become a nurse. Looking at the laws in Virginia it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to get it expunged. I am reading on the BON for virginia that convictions of petty larceny will be cause for denial of licensure, but it says nothing about dismissed charges. I contacted the board and all they could tell me was that it was on a case by case basis and linked me some information about convictions. I don't want to go through all that school to discover that it was all for nothing. Can anyone tell me if it is possible for me to pass the license with a dismissed petty larceny?
Jun 18, '12
The Board is the one that makes this decision and they have given you their answer. There is nothing we can tell you that supercedes what the board has stated. If you don't want to spend money on school with the possibility of not getting a license in the end, then you should not go to school. That is a choice many people in similar circumstances must make.
Jun 19, '12
You should be ok as long as you disclose it. Nurses are supposed to be held to a higher standard than just people but we are people and people make mistakes stay strong and you becoming a nurse means you care!!!
Jun 19, '12
Unfortunately, the decision really is determined by the BON on a case-by-case basis: there's no way to guarantee you an answer now, and the fact that others have had licenses granted--or denied--doesn't mean that is automatically your fate.
Only you can decide if it is worth taking the chance.
Best of luck whatever you decide.
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