Most states ask applicants on licensure renewal for criminal and disciplinary history and will check license status in other states; expect other states also will take action.
PA State Board of Nursing
1. Have you been convicted, found guilty or pleaded nolo contendere, or received probation without verdict or accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) as to any felony or misdemeanor, including any drug law violations, or do you have any criminal charges pending and unresolved in any state or jurisdiction? You are not required to disclose any ARD or other criminal matter that has been expunged by order of a court.
2. For disciplinary reasons, have you ever withdrawn anapplication for a license, had an application for a license denied or refusedor agreed not to reapply for a license in any state, territory, possession orcountry? A license includes a registration or certification
3. Have you had disciplinary action taken against your license, certificate or registration issued to you in any profession in any other state or jurisdiction?
PA BON Disciplinary Actions 12/2012 examples (public names listed as initials here.)
All Board Disciplinary Actions
Out of State
G. F., license no. RN601596, of Jasper, Alabama, was placed on an indefinite probation, subject to terms and conditions, because he received disciplinary action against his nursing licenses in the states of Alabama and Virginia. (10/29/12)
D. T., license no. RN354943L, of Mullica Hill, New Jersey, had her license revoked based on finding she committed fraud and deceit in the practice of nursing or in securing her admission to such practice. (10/26/12)
K. G., license no. RN318753L, of Toronto, Ohio, was automatically suspended for one year based on findings that she was convicted of a three misdemeanors under the Pennsylvania Drug Act.
N K., license no. RN268025L, of Palm Bay, Florida, had a public reprimand placed on her permanent disciplinary record with the board because she received disciplinary action against her license to practice the profession by the proper licensing authority of another state. (12/04/12)
S. R., license no. RN299602L, of Hockessin, Delaware, agreed to voluntarily permanently surrender his license because he failed to report information regarding disciplinary action taken against his nursing license by a licensing authority of another state within 90 days after its occurrence or on the biennial registration, whichever is sooner. (10/29/12)
B. K., license no. RN207748L, of Sun Lake, Arizona had her Pennsylvania license indefinitely suspended based on disciplinary action taken by another state. (09/28/12)