I am a recent LPN graduate. I graduated with a 3.62 GPA, had an awesome post-graduate internship at a hospital, and passed my boards with flying colors. The hospital where I was interning liked me so much, they offered me a position. 3 days before I was supposed to start orientation, they called me and said they had to revoke my offer because of a misdemeanor I received in 2008. Not only is this embarassing, but my heart is broken. I had bounced a $15, yes thats it, check and it went to court. I was 19 years old, and plead guilty and just paid it. I had no idea this "little" check would come in the way of my career. I have tried to hire a lawyer to get it expunged, but no one can do it because it was within the past 5 years.
I need a job in the worst way and cant find one anywhere. Any advice or helpful tips. Is this misdemeanor going to affect all potential employment opportunities? I am a good person, and worked really hard in school- I can't believe this has happened.
Jun 21, '10
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
unfortunately, this issue is going to impede your hiring as a recent issue. look carefully at hiring form "have you ever been convicted of criminal offense" need to answer yes rather than than no ---that's often what trips people up in hiring process. disclosure as part of hiring process is your best bet --background check will have full criminal conviction records so one cannot hide from issue.
home health is an area that has stringent federal legislation re hiring as staff work independently. hospitals and snf less regulations.
nursing positions, especially in hospitals are scarce today.
seeking expungement as soon as you can will help in future hiring. best wishes in moving forward with your life and career.
check out the advice offered here:
national helping individuals with criminal record re-enter through employment network
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jun 21, '10
Jun 24, '10
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Quote from DizzyLizzyNurse
IDK if you did this, but did you explain what the 'crime' you committed was?
She bounced a check: that is, she wrote a check but didn't have enough money in her bank account to cover payment when the receipient of the check cashed it. Even though a lot of people bounce checks in all innocence (they didn't intend to bounce them, it just happened), it's still considered a form of fraud.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Jun 24, '10