Nurses with criminal background - page 2

by txgirl11

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I am a 28 year old new nurse graduate. when i was 17 years old, i had a charge of theft. Now after going back to school, and 11 years later, I graduated, and the board does not want to issue my license because of this old charge.... Read More


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    I have a minor 5th degree theft from ~6 years ago that I was concerned about. I was lucky enough to speak with the enforcement supervisor for my state BoN and was told it should be ok. They said they had never heard of anyone being denied for such a minor offense, especially with a clean record since and the time elapsed.
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    Yes, you should be concerned about licensure, but you really should be concerned about finding a job there after. As a new graduated there is a lot of competition for jobs, and any kind of criminal record would definitely hurt you. When I graduated in 1999 with a BSN it was "nurses" market, now it's an employer's market despite all the job openings you may come across. I have a criminal record and it's amazing how employers discriminate, despite my impecable professional references. Truly sad!!!
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    hello II 04r6 II : i am applying in the state of Texas, which i know is very similar to california as per the nursing board rules and regulations. As of now, they requested from me all court documents that state my case details, and a letter from me describing the circumstances that led me to the charge, and most importantly why i stated NO on the section that asks you if you have a criminal background. they also required a fee of $150 to begin the investigation process. hope this helps, and best of luck to you
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    Obtaining a State License is the easy part. Finding a decent job at a reputable hospital is the hard part. I received my BSN at received my license from the State of Texas with no problems with 2 misdemeanor offenses. Hospitals definitely discriminate in regards to criminal background offenses. I've been actually "offered the job" pending background check, and what do ya know: offer taken back. These places are not equal opportunity employeers.
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    Jaywyze03, if you don't mind me asking, what were the two misdemeanors in? I too, am in the same situation. I have a petty theft and a trespassing conviction, both misdemeanors, and am so torn as to whether I should even pursue a career in nursing. Any insight you can offer me will be greatly appreciated. Did your school perform a background check? What about your clinical? And what about the state board?
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    Getting a licenses in the state of texas IS the easy part. From experience, getting a job is very very very difficult. I have a misdemeanor class B theft in dec 2005, was able to go to nursing school, got my RN license no problem. 2 years after getting my license...still no hospital job. I do get calls for interviews at "big" hospitals in houston, got offered a job, but after they ran the background check, they took the offer back (just like what jaywyze03 said earlier with his experience)

    a lot of the times, i look back and become depressed. other times, i wonder about what career change i should make. I still owe student loans and am barely keeping up with the monthly payments.

    y'all keep me updated and i'll do the same.
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    Houston TXRN, have you tried getting your conviction expunged? Although Livescans that hospitals run will still be able to see your conviction, it will make your case a little better since you got it expunged. I completely understand the guilt you feel and the position you are in right now. I have called around to several different hospitals in CA to ask questions about how they hire RN's with a criminal background, and one has gotten back to me and will answer my questions shortly. I will let you know what they said. Most that I have called so far instantly ask me how long ago was the offense, and was told that the longer, the better. 2005 is 6 years ago, and maybe that is still too recent for them? Just keep your head up and wait it out. Pick up a side job for now until enough time has passed from your last conviction and keep looking for an RN position! Good luck to you, and keep us posted on your situation.
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    Quote from HoustonTXRN
    Getting a licenses in the state of texas IS the easy part. From experience, getting a job is very very very difficult. I have a misdemeanor class B theft in dec 2005, was able to go to nursing school, got my RN license no problem. 2 years after getting my license...still no hospital job. I do get calls for interviews at "big" hospitals in houston, got offered a job, but after they ran the background check, they took the offer back (just like what jaywyze03 said earlier with his experience)

    a lot of the times, i look back and become depressed. other times, i wonder about what career change i should make. I still owe student loans and am barely keeping up with the monthly payments.

    y'all keep me updated and i'll do the same.
    Hvae you try to talk to a lawyer for non disclosure of your case in other for them to seal it, if it can be expunged?
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    hospitals will still see it
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    I finally received news from the Nursing Board of Texas, they approved my case and allowed me to test for license.
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