ncsbn: criminal background checks resource pack
the vast majority of encounters between nurses and their patients are positive interactions that allow nurses to meet the health needs of patients. while the chances are small that a nurse is someone whose behavior may put the patient at risk of harm, incidents of serious incompetence or neglect or abuse traumatizes the victims and shakes public trust in care providers and organizations serving vulnerable populations. (cooper & sheets, 1998) the disciplinary resources advisory panel offers these resources to support member boards to use effectively the powerful tool of cbc.
1 crimes that are to be permanently barred include
: murder, felonious assault, kidnapping, rape, aggravated robbery, sexual crimes involving children, criminal mistreatment of children or vulnerable adults, and exploitation of vulnerable individual (e.g., financial exploitation in an entrusted role).
2 crimes subject to a time-limited bar
include drug trafficking, embezzlement, theft, and arson.
In PA, acts on this list prohibit hiring as CNA:
criminal background clearance:prohibitive offenses contained in act 14 of 1997
purpose: requires criminal history background checks for employees of nursing home, personal care home, domicile care, home health and adult daily living center/daycare, state mental hospitals, intermediate care facilities, community homes for individuals with mental retardation.
employees with convictions for prohibitive offenses are precluded from working in these facilities.
• criminal homicide
• aggravated assault
• unlawful restraint
• statutory sexual assault
• involuntary deviate sexual intercourse
• sexual assault
• aggravated indecent assault
• indecent assault
• arson and related offenses
• theft (felony or 2 misdemeanors)
• securing execution of documents by
• concealing the death of a child
• felony drug offense
• child endangerment
• dealing in infant children
• intimidation of witness
• retaliation against a witness
• prostitution (felony offense)
• obscene or other sexual materials
• corruption of minors