Help me get a nursing job, Please. I need advise on what type of jobs RN's have landed with a criminal background and no experience.
I graduated with honors in MAY, 2013 at the age of 37 from an associates RN program in Florida. I then moved to Seattle, Wa to pursue my career and be close to family. I passed the NCLEX-RN and now have my WA state RN license.
I landed my first nursing job in Pediatric home health taking care of a little boy with brain damage, but I was fired 4 weeks later when my FBI background check came back. When interviewed I was asked if I have a criminal history, I said yes, but it is over 15 years ago, the interviewer responded "OK" without further questions, then she hired me. Four weeks later I was fired by the owner of the company who stated that the family loved me, but that I never should have been hired. I have been serving food at IHOP ever since.
The problem is I have 3 misdemeanor shoplifting and a gross misdemeanor Violation Of Controlled Substances Act (possession), from 19 years ago.
To top it off I don't have any real world health care experience. One positive thing tough, is I have been working for the last 13 years as a big box retail assistant manager.
I am worried that the director and professors of my program have led me astray. I am hoping that someone out there has some suggestions of what time of jobs might hire someone like me, with a past.