Help!!! I need adviseRegister Today!
This is a discussion on Help!!! I need advise in Nursing Licensure With A Criminal History, part of Nursing Career Advice ... Hello Iím currently taking classes to become a RN. My dream is to become a nurse but 10 years ago...by lovetolovehim Nov 14, '11Hello Iím currently taking classes to become a RN. My dream is to become a nurse but 10 years ago I was arrested. I was arrested for assault and battery and the charged was reduce to a misdemeanor of obstructing an officer. Let me start off by saying I did not assault anyone but I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Since then I made sure to never get into trouble or hang with others that are not on the right path. My question is will this prevent me from getting a license as a RN?
I would hate to continue with school and not be able to get my license. Any advise would be appreciated.
Print and share with friends and family.
Compliments of allnurses.com.
http://allnurses.com/showthread.php?t=641505©2013 allnurses.com INC. All Rights Reserved.
- 2,319 Views
- Nov 14, '11 by Skybang6Hire an attorney to get those charges dropped.
- Nov 14, '11 by lovetolovehimThanks!!
- Nov 24, '11 by ZadiaI too was arrested two years ago and ended up being charged with "assault" and a few other charges. The assault charge was dropped and I pled guilty to obstructing and misconduct at an emergency. When it came time to take my boards. The obn said that they needed all copies of the charges and an explanation of what happened. I briefly explained myself In a letter and was able to sit for my boards. If the charges got dropped to a lesser charge, no need to worry about it. You may justnhavento explain yourself before you take your boards. That is all. You were charged, not convicted. Anyone can be charged with a lot out there...I can accuse you of murder and once it's proven you didn't do it....the charges get dropped. But it will always be on your record that you were charged and accused....but never convicted. Sucks how the system work but it is what it is
- Nov 25, '11 by MeriwhenTo be honest, the only one who can accurately answer that question is your state BON. You could always drop the BON an anonymous e-mail and ask.
For most criminal charges, a lot of BONs will evaluate applicants on a case-by-case basis. Also, the guidelines that each state's BON goes by can vary widely, so what is not a problem for one state may be a big problem for another. When applying for the NCLEX, you'll have to explain what happened as well as provide any supporting evidence (e.g., completion of any programs that were voluntary or court ordered, recommendations, etc.) and then it's up to them.
Also talk to a lawyer to clarify if you were convicted or not and to see if it can be expunged. If you were just arrested but the charges were dropped (not just reduced, but entirely dropped), then you weren't convicted. If you were convicted (i.e., you pled or were found guilty), then you'll have to answer "Yes" to the conviction question.
Best of luck.
- Nov 25, '11 by lovetolovehimHi Zadia,
thanks for the advise. they convicted me of a lesser charge obstructing an office. I didnt assult anyone, wrong place, wrong time with the wrong person. I was told i shouldnt have a problem because it was so long ago (over 10 years) and i havent been in trouble since.
How was your job search? where you able to get a job? was it hard to find a job?
- Nov 27, '11 by ZadiaI just passed my PN boards last week so the job hunting starts tomorrow. It sucks being at the wrong place wrong time.i know a few nurses that works at a local hospital who says they will put a good word in for me, I will let you know how things goes once I am hired somewhere...
- Nov 28, '11 by lovetolovehimZadia,
congrats on passing your PN and I'm sure you will find a job, i wish you noting but the best.
let me know how it goes.
- Dec 3, '11 by mismacIm in ohio and have a similar situation. I was intamitly involved with a corrections officer broke it off and he charged me with misdemeanour asisaullt.! I have been granted a licnese to practice in Ohio but I have restrictions and am finding it hard to find work. Hang in there good luck.
- Dec 4, '11 by ZadiaSorry Loveyolovehim... I lied to you, unintentionally!!! I took my PN boards on 11/21, thanksgiving week... Let me start out by saying before I took my boards, the board requested a copy of all the charges that I ever had and an explanation of what happened in each situation. I briefly explained myself for each charge and got straight to the point. Once the compliance unit received my information, a few weeks later, I was granted permission to take my PN board, I thought everything was fine until last week. After taking my boards, I came home that day n got the good pop up from Pearson. 3 days later, I went and paid the $7.95 charge to get my early "unofficial" results( that was the day before thanksgiving) the next day my number still didn't appear on the OBN website. I tried to tell myself that because it was a holiday week, maybe they were behind because of vacations... That Monday it still wasn't online, I got on theOBN website and seen that it said results were supposed to be posted 3 days after taking the test. I emailed the compliance unit bc that was the only email address I had by the person hat contacted m before and asked the what the problem was. They forwarded my email to a LAWYER for the board and sent me a reply that stated to contact their lawyer. Now I found out that there is actually a HOLD on my license and its going to be RESTRICTED! The lawyer is preparing a "draft" for my case and will send it to me in two to three weeks, I will then have to sign the draft afpgreeing w the board for the restrictions. The board meets every other month and their next meeting is in Mid January. The Board will then review my case, I will be put on probation for a year. I will have to take random drug screenings, cannot do home health, cannot be a charge nurse , etc for that year. I don't remember what all the lawyer said, I will know everything in a week or so...as far as my charges? I was convicted of obstructing official business, misconduct at an emergency, disorderly conduct. I was ACCUSED OF assault, and resisting arrest. Those charges were dropped. I don't understand the random drug screens but it is what it is. I've never done drugs one day in my life. I wasn't charge for any drug related issues so I am not sure.
All I'm saying to you is that, I thought I was all set and started job hunting, I even talked to one of the higher ups at a local hospital who said she would put a word in for me ( I was confident I'd get a job bc of her) an LPN getting a hospital job in my town is a Huge deal since they got rid of most of their LPNs. I'm sorry if I got your hopes up! But that's exactly whats happening to me right now, I say go for you RN, keep in mind that you might have to deal with some problems and extra paper work before asking your NCLEX, after passing it and when you are granted your license. If only we could all go back and not be at those places that day and time.
Good luck to you Loveyolovehim