Getting into nursing school with a record

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    So im currently taking my prereqs for nursing. I was involved in an abusive relationship several months ago. We broke it off and I finally got away from him. We starting sending texts messages to each other argueing and I said some things I shouldnt have. I threatened to shoot him in the head in he ever came near me again. He got me arrested shortly after and I was charged with cyberstalking and got a restraining order placed against me. It is considered a misdemeanor and my lawyer got the charges dropped eventually. How will this affect my chances of being a nurse?
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    I'm not sure if this will help you at all but here is what I've seen from friends ive known with the same situation:

    You can do a self check on your fingerprints via the FBI: go to their website
    Did you have the record expunged or sealed? If not, it is probably still there

    Depending on what nursing program you are applying to, try to get some information on the background checks and how extensive they are, in addition look into your state's board of nursing background exclusions.

    Some things don't show up anymore after 5 or 7 years, it just depends. Don't assume that it will go away on its own. You say your lawyer got charges "dropped" but that doesn't sound like they were sealed or expunged, Find out.
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    I agree that you need to find out FOR SURE what will be discovered during a background. My employer generally does not hire anyone with a history of violent or unstable behavior. Do you really want to have to go through the explanations, etc. every time you switch jobs or go to a new clinical site for school? If it is going to appear on criminal background checks, you might want to consider another career before investing too much time, effort, and money into a career that is going to require background checks.
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    I have a feeling it will still show up. I am still in the process of getting it expunged. N while I appreciate your advice llg, I dont think you have the right to tell me to consider another career path. It was a misdemeanor. It is not considered a heavy crime such a DUI, theft, assault, etc. I didnt commit a felony or anything. Im still a good decent person and I would hardly call myself unstable. I just gave him a piece of mind which was mistake and I should of kept it to myself.
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    ya that little statement about finding another career was unnecessary. You do not need to think about finiding another career. Most jobs if not all require background checks not just with nursing. I know people who have gotten jobs in healthcare who has done worse then this. I mean life is life and it goes on outside of work. HR, unit managers, whoever some are understanding if you are not afraid to tell them your story they will listen others will judge you right off the back because of what the background check pulled up. Just continue to do what you have to do and do not stop. Try not to worry about the charge and continue to apply to jobs of your choice.
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    Quote from mdv731
    I have a feeling it will still show up. I am still in the process of getting it expunged. N while I appreciate your advice llg, I dont think you have the right to tell me to consider another career path. It was a misdemeanor. It is not considered a heavy crime such a DUI, theft, assault, etc. I didnt commit a felony or anything. Im still a good decent person and I would hardly call myself unstable. I just gave him a piece of mind which was mistake and I should of kept it to myself.
    I think you misunderstood. Llg was not saying you are not a good decent person and therefore you should consider another career path. The point was that you need to consider before spending a ton of time and money on school, you will very possibly have trouble getting licensed as a nurse with this on your record, and even if you are licensed, you will have trouble obtaining employment. Sound advice, IMO.
    caroladybelle, Pepper The Cat, and llg like this.
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    I don't think it's going to be an issue since the charges were dropped. You weren't convicted of anything. I think it's easy enough to explain as a domestic dispute in which your ex made a complaint and ultimately the charges were dropped.
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    Quote from Purple_Scrubs
    I think you misunderstood. Llg was not saying you are not a good decent person and therefore you should consider another career path. The point was that you need to consider before spending a ton of time and money on school, you will very possibly have trouble getting licensed as a nurse with this on your record, and even if you are licensed, you will have trouble obtaining employment. Sound advice, IMO.
    I'm going to agree with this. LLg is only telling you to be very thorough in researching this, because you don't want to go through the whole education process, and spend all that money, only to find that you won't be able to obtain a license.

    Or, as purple has pointed out, even if you get a license, to find yourself unemployable.

    The rules in nursing are strict and sometimes you can work things out in your favor, sometimes not.

    The job market is brutal right now and competition for jobs is tight so best to make sure you get your ducks in a row before you take the plunge.

    There is nothing being said about who you are as a person, and from what you are describing it sounds like a really screwed up situation and I hope you can get that expunged.
    Purple_Scrubs and jt43 like this.
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    According to the nursing program info sessions I attended last year, it isn't necessarily the schools that have issues with criminal records (although, I suppose it could be, in some cases), but often, it's the clinical sites. The schools have no control over that. In fact, IIRC, both schools I visited mentioned they don't even see the results of the background checks; only the clinical sites do, and they approve or reject at their own discretion. One program director spoke of how students in the past had gone through classes, only to be rejected by a certain clinical site partway through the program. The result was the student couldn't complete the clinical portion of the program and was unable to graduate.

    You might try talking to the director of the program you're considering about your situation. Chances are they won't be able to tell you for certain whether clinical sites will approve you or not, but they may be able to give you some insight on what you need to do or what you can do to improve your chances.

    Good luck!
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    Thank you mazy and Purple_Scrubs. You are right. I was not saying that mdv731 is a horrible person and that she shouldn't be a nurse or anything like. I was simply saying that she need to find our FOR SURE whether or not the events in question will appear on a background check. If they do appear, she will need to be prepared for the fact that some places of employment will not hire her because of such a record.

    Whatever appears on a background check will most likely be discovered and employers will act on that information. Either they will ask for her to provide a detailed explanation of the events and copies of any court records, etc. ... and then decide whether or not to hire her (or whether or not to let her do a school clinical in their facility or not) ... or they will simply reject any application from her without discussion.

    Does she really want to invest in a nursing education without knowing for sure what her status will be afterwards? I recommended she find out ... and then base her decision on that information. I wouldn't want to make that big investment in an education only to discover afterwards that I was going to be very limited in my job options.

    I wish her well, whatever she decides. But I stand behind my recommendation that she find out FOR SURE what a background check will reveal ... and think it through thoroughly ... before she makes up her mind.
    mazy, VivaLasViejas, Purple_Scrubs, and 1 other like this.


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