Hello fellow nurses,
I have an issue going on right now. I have been a licensed practical nurse for over a year now, and I would LOVE to become a BSN as soon as possible. Now here is my issue.. When I was 18 years old, I was caught in my friends car who had marijuana in it. I had an "attempted possession" charge, which is a misdemeanor. I paid to have it expunged during PN school. Now when we were getting our fingerprints done, my charge has not came off my record yet, because it takes a couple of months. So the board of nursing found this charge and allowed me to take my nclex. I took my nclex and passed, but the board of nursing made me sign a consent agreement. It stated that I could not have any supervisor positions, work in home health care, and I had to follow some strict guidelines just to maintain a normal life. I had to check every morning to see if I had a drug test that day, and had to pay out of pocket for these also. I had them almost every 2 weeks. It was very inconvenient. I had to notify the board of nursing with every new prescription I have to take even if it's only an ATB. I had to notify the board of nursing if I was going out of town, then they chose a location close to where I was in case I had to take a drug screen. Now they told me that this would only last a year. Well they failed to mention that it ends after one year working as a LPN. It took me 6 months to find a job. Finally a place that would allow me to work as a LPN with this ugly mark on my license. My work also had to fill out reports on me every 3 months. They were very understanding. Thank god for this place. So I work my year, then I contact the board of nursing and they said that I have to wait a few more months until the board meets, and I have to write a paper asking for permission to get off.. wow this is lasting way longer than I imagined. So over a year and a half, I had to pay almost $1,000.00 in drug screens (which I passed all of them) and follow these guidelines, and finally I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I finally get off of probation, and now it states "post discipline" on my licensure. I didn't think it sounded as bad, but then when I started applying for another PRN job, they called me up asking me about my probation. It looks like they are still able to open up all of these closed documents and research more on me. Now I cannot find another job bc of this. I want to go for my RN very badly but if this kind of thing is going to haunt me for the rest of my life, I'm thinking about a career change. NO REST FOR THE WICKED.
Now my question is.. WILL this carry onto my next license since the board of nursing already has this known record on me? Even though everything has been expunged.. Anyone in a similar situation?