Getting a job with a felony?

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    Anyone have any insight on getting a job with a felony on your record? I see so many threads regarding getting your license, but what if you are convicted of a felony, then get your license and then try to get a job. Anyone ever heard of someone with a felony getting a job in a hospital?

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    Hi. Yes, my husband is an RN,BSN who got into some trouble a few years ago while working in a hospital. He has numerous midemeanor drug charges and three felony charges for theft also. He IS working as an RN but unfortunately cannot find a hospital willing to hire him so he is working for a home health agency. The state (PA) is monitering him for 3 years and he must do random drug tests, meetings, etc... But it IS possible. If the person with the felony is strong willed and loves his/her job then the person MUST fight to get their license back through the state if it was suspended. But again, it IS possible. I hope this helps!
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    Most states will suspend, or refuse to grant a license to someone with a felony though states make the rule and there are some more lenient states.

    The above posters example is probably not getting hired due to the multiple charges, and the multiple felonies. A hospital or clinic is likely to not hire someone who has a history of violent crime, drug charges, sex offenses for obvious reasons.

    If you have any questions I would contact the licensing board in your state with the details of your situation and ask them if you can get a license in that state.
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    I spoke to the NYS BON and they said that if you have a felony before getting your license, but you've cleared it up, you will most likely get your license. Unless it was for something that involves violence, sexual abuse and possible drug interaction. Now if you already have your license and THEN get in trouble, you will definitely at LEAST have your license suspended if not revoked.
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    in response to this conversation, i am an ex-felony here in Texas. convicted when i was 18 years am now 31, for drug trafficking. i do have my license since last year 09 and have worked in a nursing home to meet the requirement needed by the texas board of nursing. now, before i go my license the texas board of nursing had me through hell, and by saying hell am just being modest. i did everything ranging form drug classes in which i dont do drugs to polygraph test which is very very expensive. to those exfelony out there and your conviction does not involve violence and occured in a young age u have a chance but the road to gettting the licnec is steep and then gettting a job is even more steep. so if you are ready to do this go ahead and dont ever take no as a means to quite. there would be nigths you would feel so down and out but hang on and figth. if you are financially stable and cana afford a lawyer close to the board of nursing in your area you stand a better chance and it could take a lesser time. this is USA everything is possible
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    Iam a ex felon from about 15 years ago possession of weapons charge and i am a student going into LVN and hopefully RN school here in Texas i currently work at a hospital as a CNA and next month as a Phlembotomist. I called the Texas BON and talked about my felony i was told it wasnt that serious and wasnt on the list so i would be alright. But i am worried about if i will actually be able to get a job. I dont have enough money to expunge or for alot of other issue with three kids. What would anyone suggest
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    Quote from qpageg
    Iam a ex felon from about 15 years ago possession of weapons charge and i am a student going into LVN and hopefully RN school here in Texas i currently work at a hospital as a CNA and next month as a Phlembotomist. I called the Texas BON and talked about my felony i was told it wasnt that serious and wasnt on the list so i would be alright. But i am worried about if i will actually be able to get a job. I dont have enough money to expunge or for alot of other issue with three kids. What would anyone suggest
    The fact that it has been 15 years ago will definitely help your case. I have worked as an RN in GA for 8 years and had a simple battery conviction 16 years ago. I have never been turned down specifically for work except once recently for a home health position. My advice is to be forthcoming and openly discuss the charge and add a positive spin on it. I often tell potential employers that my experience with the criminal justice system was humbling and helped me understand my patients better and the challenges they face when struggling to survive on the streets. (i work in a low income area in a large city and frequently take care of criminals). Good luck...nursing needs more people like you!
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    Hello everybody.I have been on this site for along time getting information but have never registered.
    I am an l.p.n in florida,from Ohio.I had a posession charge there in 2002 and moved here the next year.Did the whole ipn program etc.I was in an automobile accident here in sept 2010,resulting in job loss.Able to work and had a job to begin Jan,3rd and did the lever 2 background with this leading me to get the exhemption done.Am wondering if there is any place I can apply and work until the exhemption process is complete.I have the application,the reports etc from Ohio.Waiting on the letters of moral character to be returned.I am beging to feel like I am drowning here,talking back and forth to myself,what if?but! Does anyone have any input .The charge was a misdemeaner(sp)Would I have been able to work at the facility doing mds while doing the process of exhemption.I went into panic mode,called the hr person and assumed I couldnt go to work,anyone have anyexperience or input.
    Thanks so much...also since I am new to posting,I hope I am not doing anything in error
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    Hi. I live in texas but, I am a Louisiana transplant. I recieved a felony in 2004 at the age of 18 in Louisiana. I am a registered dental assistant in the state of Texas and work as a lead assistant at Castle Dental. I want to enroll in the nursing program at Lone star college in Houston. I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on this career change. I want to konw if there is any hope for me in this field.
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    Hi. I live in texas but, I am a Louisiana transplant. I recieved a felony in 2004 at the age of 18 in Louisiana. I am a registered dental assistant in the state of Texas and work as a lead assistant at Castle Dental. I want to enroll in the nursing program at Lone star college in Houston. I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on this career change. I want to konw if there is any hope for me in this field.
    You have three challenges that you will have to get through.

    First, you need to be accepted into a nursing school. Whether a school will accept your felony conviction depends on both what the conviction is and what the school's guidelines are. It is possible to get accepted: how possible, I can't tell you that, only the school can. In addition, the clinical sites may not be willing to accept you and your felony conviction, and their decision is independent of the school's...so make sure you inquire about that before enrolling in the program (assuming the school will accept you).

    Second, you need to get licensed by a state BON. Keep in mind that the state BON has its own guidelines regarding criminal histories, and the fact that a nursing school accepted your criminal record doesn't mean that the BON has to accept it and license you. In addition, should you be able to get licensed by TX, that doesn't mean that the other states have to grant you licensure.

    Last, you need to find a job. Again, employers have their own guidelines and the fact that a BON licensed you doesn't mean that the employer has to accept your criminal record and give you a job.

    Where to begin? First of all I would check with the BON first, as it won't matter where you go to school if the state won't license you. Find out if your felony conviction is one that automatically disqualifies you for licensure.

    If your felony isn't one that automatically disqualifies you, then there's hope for a nursing career. BONs review all criminal applicants on a case-by-case basis, and the fact that one nurse with a criminal record got licensed/rejected doesn't mean another nurse with a similar record will always meet the same fate.

    Unfortunately, most BONs won't give you a definite answer as to whether you'll get licensed until you actually apply for licensure...which means that you'll have to go all the way through nursing school first. And that's a gamble that you have to be willing to take: you may spend all that time and money on school and not be able to get licensed at the end of it.

    Fair? Not always. But that's what it is.

    In addition, if you have any legal questions--and especially if you have to go in front of the BON regarding your criminal record--get a lawyer involved. The BON is NOT the nurse's friend.

    Many nurses with criminal histories are able to get licensed and have a nursing career. Yes, this includes those with felony convictions. It's not easy, nor is it guaranteed--especially with a felony conviction. But it is possible.

    Best of luck.


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