In need of moral support r/t corrupt past A.E.B misdemeanor charges

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    I am really feeling bad right now. About 9 yrs ago I got a ticket for marijuana possession (misdemeanor) and back in 1994 I got in trouble for being rebellious and dropping out of high school at age 15. I got a lawyer and everything for the pot charges and I got a year probation and compliantly took Adept classes to get the whole ordeal dismissed. I am heart broken that I have to dig these records up and send them in /c my NCLEX application. I'm now in my 3rd semester and am sooo excited that I'm sooo close to having the career I always wanted. Since all these monstrosities from my past life (as I refer to it), I've became a mom and a wife and do not even think of myself as the person I used to be. Has anyone else had to go through this and were you still allowed to take boards. I'm sooo sick to my stomach over this! I love nursing and I'm so glad to finally make something out of myself!
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    Don't beat yourself up over it. I did some not-so-nurse-like things back in the day too. We all make mistakes. I'm sure everything will be okay. Just embrace the fact that you are a better person now with a bright future ahead of you!
    Last edit by stud3nt_rn on Nov 15, '11
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    See if you can get it expunged. Look up how many years to get a misdemeanor expunged in your state. If its expunged, you don't have to report it. It'll probably cost you around $500.
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    You were a kid. Yeah- you didn't have the greatest judgement- but a LOT of teenagers do dumb things; you did what you needed to do, and have several years of "good" behavior to show you changed. Relax a bit; also- a misdemeanor will have less impact, for sure.
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    ^ That's another good point, if you were 'a kid' under 18, shouldn't the records be sealed? It may be different in different states, but look into your options.
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    questions we seem to be encountering more and more often have to do with the effects of a criminal history on nursing licensure:
    • is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a criminal history and if so, can i get a job?
    • is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a mip, dui, or other related charges?
    • what happens if you are charged or convicted of a crime after licensure?
    • can i go to nursing school and/or be licensed/be employed if my record has been sealed or expunged?
    • what if i have a “deferred adjudication”? will i have to declare this as a conviction?
    • will i be able to go to nursing school and/or attend clinicals with a criminal record?
    • what can happen if i receive a mip/dui/dwi or other charge while still in school


    these are questions that the members of allnurses.com cannot answer. the only reliable source of information is your state board of nursing.

    if you are a nursing student, you need to contact your bon and/or your school of nursing directly. you need to be completely candid with them as to the nature and disposition of the crimes. each board of nursing makes a determination on a case by case basis and some are willing to issue a declarative statement in advance.



    thread moved to nursing licensure with a criminal history forum for more discussion.

    good luck!!!
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    Thanks everyone,
    Well I went to the courthouse the lawyer that handled the case told me to go to and they could not find the record even with the case #. I went to the police headquarters and asked them to run a background check on me after telling them the situation and nothing came up...so my question is what should In put on my application. Am I putting too much into this? Also I was 22 when I got in trouble...so I don't know. Should I check yes on my application and just write a note explaining everything or what I wonder...


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