Getting a California RN License with a Criminal History: Misdemeanor - page 4

by cheethaj

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Disclaimer: This topic is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. This is simply an account of my experiences with the California Board of Registered Nursing. Individual situations will... Read More


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    can you e-mail me as well? i can't send pm's :/ rea.r@me.com i have a couple of questions regarding your expungement. im planning to be a nurse and i don't want to waste my time or be in debt if i'm not going to be hired at all.
    Last edit by kayynurse on Oct 21, '13
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    This thread was such a huge help to me when I was trying to get everything together during the last few weeks before graduation. I wanted to share what tickets I had with you guys to shed some light.

    -Open container ticket in 2009 (non-moving traffic violation infraction) This was the one that had my stomach in knots and I lost sleep over. I couldn't afford the fine and it doubled and went to collections. It wasn't fully paid until 2012

    -Carpool violation 2010 (crossed the double yellows to cut in). Traffic infraction. Paid in full on time

    -Speeding ticket 2012. Traffic infraction. Paid in full on time.

    The things that helped me were starting early and being 100% open and honest with the BRN. I started about 10 weeks before applications were due. You will have a lot of places to go to attempt to get documentation. The courts had NOTHING on file for the open container. No known record of it even happening. I still included it. Luckily I had my receipt of when I paid in full, but I know it can be tempting to exclude things you are embarrassed of. Well I was beyond embarrassed of that darn ticket and the whole incident surrounding, but it was a clear cut learning experience for me.

    You may have some trouble getting letters from police stations, so I brought the packet with me everywhere and showed them what they were asking of me. Its hard for them to give you a report for something that never warranted a report, but if they are nice they will type you out something on letterhead.

    I wish you all the best of luck, it was a tough time gathering everything and of course waiting for authorization. I'm proud to say I was 100% honest, received ATT (about 2 weeks later than classmates with no tickets), took boards, passed, and have my certificate from the brn as well as my license card.
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    Quote from jmiraRN
    This thread was such a huge help to me when I was trying to get everything together during the last few weeks before graduation. I wanted to share what tickets I had with you guys to shed some light.

    -Open container ticket in 2009 (non-moving traffic violation infraction) This was the one that had my stomach in knots and I lost sleep over. I couldn't afford the fine and it doubled and went to collections. It wasn't fully paid until 2012

    -Carpool violation 2010 (crossed the double yellows to cut in). Traffic infraction. Paid in full on time

    -Speeding ticket 2012. Traffic infraction. Paid in full on time.

    The things that helped me were starting early and being 100% open and honest with the BRN. I started about 10 weeks before applications were due. You will have a lot of places to go to attempt to get documentation. The courts had NOTHING on file for the open container. No known record of it even happening. I still included it. Luckily I had my receipt of when I paid in full, but I know it can be tempting to exclude things you are embarrassed of. Well I was beyond embarrassed of that darn ticket and the whole incident surrounding, but it was a clear cut learning experience for me.

    You may have some trouble getting letters from police stations, so I brought the packet with me everywhere and showed them what they were asking of me. Its hard for them to give you a report for something that never warranted a report, but if they are nice they will type you out something on letterhead.

    I wish you all the best of luck, it was a tough time gathering everything and of course waiting for authorization. I'm proud to say I was 100% honest, received ATT (about 2 weeks later than classmates with no tickets), took boards, passed, and have my certificate from the brn as well as my license card.
    Thank you for sharing your insights jmiraRN. I like how you brought in your packet to the police stations to show them what you were talking about. I got a couple weird looks when I went to one of the police stations too. Also interesting that you noticed that your ATT took about 2 extra weeks, not too bad when you think about it. I agree, honesty is the best policy and the BRN seems to respect that.
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    Cheethaj hi well I sent in my stuff last week and now it's the waiting game thanks for the well wishes I cried leaving the post office I'm just so emotionally invested. Prayers and positive thoughts are appreciated I will update when I hear and thank again your thread really is so helpful
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    hey cheethaj,
    i had a question for you. I recently was convicted of felony Grand Theft back in late January of 2013 and currently still have about two years of probation left. i was thinking of going to college and get a bachelors degree in nursing cuz that would take about 4 years of shool n give me time to get off my probation and expunge my felony off my record n find voluntary work at nursing homes with my aunt so i can show some improvement and some experience in that field that i would want to work in. so im asking with all that i have said do you think the BON will still allow me to get my nursing license? cuz i wouldnt want to spend time n money in this field and not get a license for a dumb mistake i made. any advice or help you can suggest id truly appreacite it or even if you can email me at lopez.allen@yahoo.com about your own experience and tell me how you handled it.

    P.S. i just want to add that was my first and only time i had a problem i had with the law. i have a good record besides that grand theft felony.
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    Quote from Gizelle22
    Cheethaj hi well I sent in my stuff last week and now it's the waiting game thanks for the well wishes I cried leaving the post office I'm just so emotionally invested. Prayers and positive thoughts are appreciated I will update when I hear and thank again your thread really is so helpful
    You got this! But prayers going out anyway. haha
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    Thanks cheethaj I will keep you posted
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    Hi cheethaj,

    First, I want to thank you for taking the time to write this post. This issue has been something I have been very concerned about ever since I made the decision to pursue nursing. Especially after doing research and hearing that the new BRN is much stricter on prospective nurses with records.

    I also have a misdemeanor on my record. Granted, I was 14 when I was arrested, and I have since gone through the process of getting my record sealed. However it still does (and always will) show up on any livescan background check, and I wouldn't consider trying to hide it when I apply to take the NCLEX. I've looked at the application online and saw the paperwork that they ask for.

    The part that makes me the most worried is the letter of explanation. I keep getting stuck on what to say in the letter to make it sound good to them. I've written and rewritten it at least 5 times. I don't know what they want to hear. I saw that you offered one of the other users to email them the letter you sent to the board. If there is any way you could do me that same favor I would appreciate it so much. I have done so much research over the years and you are the first success story I hear coming out of California (where the board is much stricter). Any insight you could give me as to what you wrote to them would be invaluable to me.

    Just in case, my email is cabello_natalia@yahoo.com

    thank you for the inspiration,

    Natalia
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    Letter sent. Hope it helps.
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    Hi cheethaj,

    I am new to this site and saw your post. I had a DUI 9 years ago which has now been expunged. I am getting ready to request an endorsement from the CA BRN and I am truly fearful. If you don't mind, can you please tell me what specifically the letters of references should say? I have already requested them from a professor and my last manager but they are just basically going to say that I do not come into work/class intoxicated and that I was a good employee/student. Is that enough? Thanks again.

    Your OP has been very helpful for all of us who are really afraid to apply for a license in CA.


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