Nurses with criminal background - page 4

by txgirl11 97,306 Views | 68 Comments

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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    So does getting an expungement even increase your chances at all?
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    Personally I believe you should always expunge anything you possibly can. Just a good idea.For my state(FL) renewal the questions are asked about criminal FELONIES after 2009. It took two years for the health dept to figure out how to implement the new law. If you have had a Felony after 2009 here you will probably be denied a license. Unfortunately many schools here denied admission to students based on the law as written by the legislature in 2009 not by the current implementation. The Florida impaired practitioners group here worked very deligently on implementation
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    An expungement may not help with the BON, but it will be beneficial in the attempt to find employment since it will not be on your record.
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    To answer my own question and other peoples questions who are down in the dumps and can't find sleep because of their own background situation, YES IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET LICENSED AND GET A JOB.

    I was convicted of misdemeanor for battery. I was falsely accused of hitting another person and because I had no witness, I was set for book and release, took advice from the public defendor who could care less about my situation - promised me it would be GONE from my record after my probation was over if I pleaded no contest - 4 years later, I would have to live with it knowing that it will always be on my record forever.

    Trying to explain my situation to the board, finally being able to take the NCLEX, then waiting months to finally get my license was so hard, as if nursing school wasn't a feat enough itself. Yes it is hard, yes it will be difficult, but don't give up. If you can, try to get it expunged, because that will help with the job search. I was offered a job at a subacute care facility and held my breath for 2 weeks while they checked my background. I didn't disclose it on the application because in the state of California, you don't have to, but I was still afraid that they would see it. Finally yesterday, I got a call from DSD and they finalized the job offer. I start next week.

    Final advice, pray, pray, PRAY! Although it will take longer than your fellow classmates who are able to get licensed and perhaps find a job faster than you do not give in, don't lose hope. God will never abandon us. And also remember, IF HE PUT YOU TO IT, HE'LL PULL YOU THROUGH IT.
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    Congratulations, on your new job ! Alot has happened since I wrote that thread. The State of FL, did in fact accept me. I took my cna state exam on Aug. 25th and passed. However, now I am still waiting to get a certificate/license #. I have to go through a level II background history check. I just got a letter in the mail today, that said I passed the level II background check. The State doesn't find me a threat to anyone. I have to wait 2 more wks for a certificate/license #. I've waited 12yrs for this, what's another 2wks? You have an advantage over me, because yours is a misdemeanor. Mine is a felony. I cant get it expunged, because I had violated a probation and I wrote an admission of guilt letter(on the advice of my public defender-to get the case over quicker, he said.......What a crock of s@#t.....) Hopefully, someone out there will hire me. I have always been honest about my record. I have nothing to be ashamed of. The title of my crime, sounds far worse, than the actual story behind it. Anyway, again congratulations on your new job. Let me know how you like it. I'll be a cna about 6months or so, then I want to go to school for LPN. Take Care...
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    Hey, at least you have a misdemeanor offense. I have a felony that's 12yrs old. I am a convicted felon. Always will be. I cannot get my record expunged because I wrote an admission of guilt letter(on the advice of my public defender). What a mistake.... Anyway, I had to write an explanation to the State of Florida, about my criminal history, even traffic offenses. I finally, was approved to take my State Boards(cna) on Aug.25, and I passed. I had to wait 2more wks to go through a level II background check. I just received a letter today, that I was approved for that. The State does not find me a threat to anyone. I will receive my certificate/license # in another 2wks. Wait, wait, wait, that's all I've been doing. Hopefully soon I will be working.....IF someone will hire me........ You have to be honest with every detail of your criminal history. Even the traffic offenses. I have always been honest about my record to everyone, because honestly, it's a bunch b.s. Good Luck !!!
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    To answer my own question and other peoples questions who are down in the dumps and can't find sleep because of their own background situation, YES IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET LICENSED AND GET A JOB.

    I was convicted of misdemeanor for battery. I was falsely accused of hitting another person and because I had no witness, I was set for book and release, took advice from the public defendor who could care less about my situation - promised me it would be GONE from my record after my probation was over if I pleaded no contest - 4 years later, I would have to live with it knowing that it will always be on my record forever.

    Trying to explain my situation to the board, finally being able to take the NCLEX, then waiting months to finally get my license was so hard, as if nursing school wasn't a feat enough itself. Yes it is hard, yes it will be difficult, but don't give up. If you can, try to get it expunged, because that will help with the job search. I was offered a job at a subacute care facility and held my breath for 2 weeks while they checked my background. I didn't disclose it on the application because in the state of California, you don't have to, but I was still afraid that they would see it. Finally yesterday, I got a call from DSD and they finalized the job offer. I start next week.

    Final advice, pray, pray, PRAY! Although it will take longer than your fellow classmates who are able to get licensed and perhaps find a job faster than you do not give in, don't lose hope. God will never abandon us. And also remember, IF HE PUT YOU TO IT, HE'LL PULL YOU THROUGH IT.


    Okay so I think I replied to nother one of your posts but just incase I am doing it again. I was a dumb teen who got introuble for a couple of things. So I delt with the BRN and recently tested. I have my cases expunged and a job offer. My lawyer says that "by law" I do not have to report my cases. He also said that with the background searches available I should devulge my past "just incase". I DONT want to!!! I am a married mother who changed my life!!! It is so embarressing!!! So it looks like it worked out for you... CONGRATS!!! I live in Ca where do you live??? What do you suggest I do... tell or keep it quiet? I am concerned because one involves iunder the influence oh and recieving stolen property. Both look horriable!!! PLEASE HELP.
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    I also live in california, so long as it is not a fingerprint background check I would suggest not disclosing it.but if you want to simply tell them th that it was a mistake in your past, and since then you haven't done anything to disrupt the law. But be honest. Best of luck to you. Let me know how it goes.
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    I just came across this thread and OMG, I'm in the SAME position! I'm also in Houston and am freaking out about the BON approving me sit for the NCLEX-RN but mostly concerned about getting a job afterward. I did speak to an attorney yesterday and found out that I could have most of my things expunged but I will still have a Class A misdemeanor from 11 years ago that can not be removed or non-disclosed. Also, I have a good friend who is the human resources director at Texas Children's and she told me that even you have a misdemeanor for jaywalking, they will not hire you. What kind of job am I going to get? I just NEVER anticipated this. Am I just SCREWED?
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    Hopefully this will help everyone. It appears that every state in every healthcare profession is tightening the rules
    significantly. The state of Florida has a new terrible law on the books that is effective in 2009 forward. Try looking at the effective date of any new laws to see if you are exempt (This is what happened to me). If that lawyer does administrative work(State boards) keep his name. NEVER NEVER sign an application that is incorrect. You will be denied as not truthful. Put in your cover letter that you completed the application based on your understanding of the questions. Everyone needs to understand that there are too many healthcare professionals licensed and the boards do not care. Believe it or not but student loans now have caused a glut of licensed professionals. We can debate that at another time. I think you are ok and find it hard to believe that a misdemeanor 11 years ago would deny you from a job. Good luck


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