[FONT=garamond, new york, times, serif]I feel your pain. I have an extensive juvenile record (3 misdemenors for disturbing a school function when I was thirteen, 2 batteries on a school peer when I was fourteen and 2 grand theft autos when I was fifteen years old). I was sentenced to 6 months in a juvenile residential facility and since that time my life has completely change. During my detainment I was pregnant. I had my child while incarcerated. [FONT=garamond, new york, times, serif]I was released a couple months later at the age of sixteen. From that point on, my life did a 360 degree turn. I was awarded my GED. I enrolled into Keiser University where I earned an AS degree in Medical Assisting. I then pursued my AA in Nursing so that I could go for my BSN in nursing. Well, after three years of education and completing all of my prerequisites, I applied to the nursing program of 400+ applicants. I was one of the 70 students accepted. I am now 21 years old. I have two beautiful boys and a wonderful husband. I bought my first home at the age of 19. I've been working as a MA for almost 4 years. I triage 60+ patients a day at the busy Internal Medicine office I work for. I'm around PAs, NPs and MDs all day. All who can support my case with character letters. I have access to personal information, I am around controlled medications etc. As an accepted student I was required to submit my fingerprints. The school conducts a FBI background check. So, my juvenile records came up which explains the dilemma I am in now too. I don't know what to do. It does not matter if I get these records expunged because it will always appear during a FBI background check. I feel like such a failure for myself, for my children and my family as a whole who supported me though all the longs nights of studying. I was under the assumption that I did the crimes, I paid the price, I was rehabilitated and I just assumed that it was okay to move on with my life. I've wanted to be a NP ever since I did a class project at the age of 8. I was stupid, completely stupid, I made mistakes as a juvenile and I'm in disbelief that the mistakes I made as a minor will hinder me from obtaining any kind of licensure whether it's a RN, NP or even Loan Originator license. Even if it's 50 years from now I will never be allowed to work in a career with these requirements. I cannot blame anyone but myself for the mistakes I've made. I can say that the mind frame I had then and the mindset I have now reflect two different people. How can I ever make something of myself if I'm never allowed the chance? The purpose of the juvenile system is to rehabilitate[FONT=garamond, new york, times, serif],[FONT=garamond, new york, times, serif] I'm rehabilitated, now what?
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All I've been doing is praying and sending out emails. The FL Board of Nursing states that they review on a case by case basis. But that means nothing because the schools create the admission policies.