Okay alot of questions have arose about being a felon and nursing. I am a felon. I was convicted of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance 20 years ago. I applied to a school in VA after speaking to the VA BON. I told the school about my felony from day one. They allowed me into the LPN program. I put in 7 months of very hard book and lab work to find out when clinical rotation arrived i was not on the list. The school said that with my felony i was not allowed into any of the clinical sites. I was devastated. I had told them that i spoke to the BON and they said that i was able to get my nursing license in the state of VA and that my crime was not a barrier crime but that didnt seem to matter to them. My federal loans were charged $17,000 and the school dismissed me from the program. I ended up having to get a lawyer and sue them to get my money back. In my opinion if you have a felony on your record good luck in finding a school that will allow you into a nursing program
, and good luck having a real life because it will probably not happen. This stigma on my record has ruined my life. I had to settle for a menial job because I am not allowed to better myself because I made that mistake 20 years ago. In fact good luck in finding any job with a felony on your record. The laws in this country need to be changed to allow felons who have nothing else on their records to have the felony expunged without having to pay ridiculous amounts of money and tons of paperwork. BTW i have checked the BON of Nevada, Wisconsin, and Virginia and all say that selling drugs is not a barrier crime.