Getting a California RN License with a Criminal History: Misdemeanor - page 8

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  1. Visit  Gizelle22 profile page
    Hi Cheethaj and everyone else on this thread. Well it's finally time I'm so excited my license was approved! it is probationary but I don't care I haven't been in trouble in forever and have no plans on being there again. I will go on and tell my story in a post so hopefully it will help someone as much as this thread helped me. So fabulous Merry Christmas
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  3. Visit  Gizelle22 profile page
    Hi poppykai sounds like its been awhile and I know that for me I was totally upfront and honest as was cheethaj. They take into account how long it been and all you've done after. Get letters from your instructors if you can. I waited till the end of my last semester to ask for those actually till like the last week of school because I didn't want them to see me any differently and I was so blessed that they were just the sweetest women and gave me letters of recommendation without a second thought. I didn't need to be specific just that in my past I was not the person I am today and if they could please write a letter to the BRN of the person they see before them. I was not the 1st letter they wrote and I won't be the last. Even the Director of Nursing wrote me a letter. I got one from my pastor another from a friend that is an addictions counselor and my own letter which was like pouring my heart out on paper. They truly take it case by case I've seen people with lesser charges be denied and people with harsher charges be approved because it all depends on the person and what they have done in their lives now. Get fingerprinted for yourself just get all your papers together early. I know its in the thread but just in case you need your arreast records and if they dont have it cause its to old then get a letter from the arresting agency stating its been destroyed and everything has to be certified. Get your court documents but again yours are to old so get a letter from the court that its to old and has been destroyed certified. In your letter you have to say I was arrested for charge xyz which is stealing or dui whatever it is. Get your expungement done ASAP its easy and only takes 2 weeks to be heard. You still have to disclose it but at least it shows the courts were willing to remove it. Finally as my DON said give them what they ask for period.
  4. Visit  spc1 profile page
    Greetings cheethaj. May I please have a copy of your letter of explanation sent to the BON? My email is I'm starting the process of applying for my license, and currently getting all of my paperwork together. I was had a case of petit larceny, 3-4 years ago, which was dismissed. I also have an illegal parking misdemeanor which I'm not sure if I have to disclose. I will update this thread of my status throughout the process so that I can contribute to this thread in regards to what happens to people with criminal backgrounds.
  5. Visit  jchw81 profile page
    Anyone know how to contact the BRN enforcement where someone actually replies? I also received a letter stating "Please note: Due to your disclosure of previous discipline or conviction, your application will require additional processing time."

    First of all i didn't click to disclose any convictions when I filled out my application because I don't have any convictions.
    I called the BRN and spoke to a lady and she said there is something on my record and transferred me to enforcement to leave a message. Do they respond and can actually talk to someone who tells you what it is?

    The only thing that may be on my record is In 2000 when I was 19 I was going to join the Navy reserves and I didn't follow through. 3 years later they brought me in to get discharged. There was no conviction or anything so I don't know why that even would show on my record. I also had this issue when I was going to be doing clinical at a county facility. They didn't approve me but asked for explanation and then approved me. Would be nice to know exactly what pops up on my record as I have been cleared to work at the VA 3 times now and I never have any issues there.
  6. Visit  Gizelle22 profile page
    Jchw81 yeah it's hard to get them to call back as a matter of fact unless you have a letter from an enforcement persons name your vm goes into a general mailbox. Your best bet is to get a livescan done for yourself. It doesn't take long about a week to get the result then you'll know what's there.
  7. Visit  Gizelle22 profile page
    What showed up for your clinical a the military thing? Then they might ask you to write them and explain it
  8. Visit  hali15 profile page
    Hi [FONT=Open Sans, verdana, sans-serif]cheethaj. I would love a copy of the letter you sent in to the BRN as well. I, as many others I am noticing, am in a similar situation. I have a DUI I got reduced to a Wet and Reckless in CA on my record from 8 years ago. I am about to enter my last semester of nursing school and I am looking to get as much done as possible over winter break with collecting documents and such for my application since I know due to my past, review of my application may be delayed. However, it is comforting to hear from others on this thread that there is hope. Please, let me know if you are willing to send me a copy of the letter you sent to the BRN explaining your situation so I can give you my email address. I'd just like to have an idea of what I should write.

    Also, does anyone know if I can just collect the certified documents I need and then send them off to the BRN when I am ready to fill out and submit my application or do I need the court as well as the arresting agency to send the information to the BRN themselves? I'm hoping I can just collect the documents myself, so I can have everything together and send it when I'm about to submit the application. I've heard the BRN is notorious for losing stuff. I don't want this to happen if my stuff is sent in too early.

    Thanks for listening!
  9. Visit  booomx1 profile page
    HELPPP! I was just acepted into a nursing program in San Diego. I am extremely worried about clinicals. From all of you with DUIs in your records, did you have a difficult time getting placed for clinicals? I got my DUI 2 years ago. I don't have any other criminal convictions and have not gotten into any trouble after that. Do any of you know what Hospitals are more likely to accept students with a DUI for clinical rotations? Have any of you been in this situation? I really don't want my career to stop before it even starts....
  10. Visit  pandajunior profile page
    Hi cheethaj ! Could you please send me a copy of your letter of explanation for BRN to I am in the process of applying to RN license in California and I have a misdemeanor charge from 2010. I'm struggling with explanation letter. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you
  11. Visit  booomx1 profile page
    Hey Pandajunior....I am assuming you have completed most of your nursing program because you are applying for your License. Did you have any trouble being placed in Hospitals for your clinical rotations because of your misdemeanor?
  12. Visit  jsac101 profile page
    Hi cheethaj. May I please have a copy of your letter of explanation sent to the BRN? My email is jsac101@yahoo. I'm starting the process of applying for my license, and I am currently gathering all of my paperwork. I have a DUI 6 years ago and it was expunged. I finish nursing school in April 2015 and hopefully I get my paper work together. I will update this thread of my status throughout the process so that I can contribute to this thread in regards to what happens to people with criminal backgrounds. Thanks for all info.

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