Hi everyone. First and foremost, let me say that I am not looking for any legal advice. All I want to know is if anyone has been able to get their license (or known someone who has) with a criminal history.
Here is my situation: I went through some "tough" times in my twenties, and got arrested twice for misdemenor charges. The charges were dropped, but in the state of Florida even the arrests stay on your record. I was also arrested when I was in my late teens for shoplifting, and adjudication was withheld. I could have it sealed, but it is my understanding that the BON requires you to explain sealed records as well. This all seems like a lot to explain to the BON. My life is NOTHING like it was then...I have since had a child, have been at the same job for four years, pay my bills, and most importantly...don't break the law!
I contacted the BON, and all they told me was that they look at each case individually and make decisions on a case-by-case basis. So now I'm finishing my last prereq, Microbiology, and am not sure if I should go to nursing school. I'm terrified that I will finish school, and once I go to sit for my boards the BON will deny me.
I am also applying to Respiratory Therapy and Cardiovascular Therapy as well. I've heard that they are not a strict regarding criminal histories. My dream is to become a nurse practitioner though.
And like I said, I am not looking for legal advice as to what to do. I just want to know if anyone has gotten their license with marks on their background check, and if so, if they were able to find a job.