Getting a California RN License with a Criminal History: Misdemeanor - page 5

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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    Quote from newgradrn0122
    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.
    I donʻt think the reference letters need too much information, but it would be useful if they added a nice personal touch to it. They should probably mention your work ethic and passion for nursing with an example, if possible, of how you have shown your work ethic. Two of my letters were written well and one of them was a little overly basic. Itʻs tough because you donʻt really want to tell them what to write but if theyʻre open to something like that then tell them. They are doing it for your benefit anyway.
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    Thank you so much for your post. I am in the process of applying for CA endorsement (initially licensed in AZ). But I too had a DUI 9 years ago so I am frightful to apply. Can you please email me your letter as an example as well. I am also trying to figure out how to approach the letter of references as well since this DUI occurred so long ago. My email address is tigermeee@yahoo.com. Thank you again for your advice.
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    Email sent newgradrn0122. Hope it is helpful.
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    Please note.... Getting an RN License with a criminal history is not the hard part... Getting a JOB is. The BRN is pretty fair with offering second chances to those whom have had a "not so good" past. However, becoming employed with a probationary status license is almost next to impossible. Please know this. There is not really a disclaimer that gives you this kind of information. Also the probationary license, even when completed... stays on your RN status for 10 years visible for the public.
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    Quote from nicemany78
    Please note.... Getting an RN License with a criminal history is not the hard part... Getting a JOB is. The BRN is pretty fair with offering second chances to those whom have had a "not so good" past. However, becoming employed with a probationary status license is almost next to impossible. Please know this. There is not really a disclaimer that gives you this kind of information. Also the probationary license, even when completed... stays on your RN status for 10 years visible for the public.
    Thank you for sharing that information nicemany78. I was not given a probationary license and I got my record expunged so it wans't any harder to find a job. Thank you for your insights though.
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    Hi cheethaj, thank yo so much for writing all these details. My case: I was arrested back in 2002 for under the influence of controlled substance and I'm in the process of applying for the Nclex. My case was dismissed and sealed by the state of California. Of course I have to explain my incident to the BRN. I joined the military right after my case was dismissed/sealed (2002) within the same year. Will my time in the military(8 years) considered as part of my "evidence of rehabilitation"? Another thing.. can you send me the statement you send to the BRN explaining your situation? I want to get some ideas on what to write to them. my email: maxwin714@gmail.com
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    Nevermind, thank you


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