Nurses with criminal background - page 5

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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    Was your Class A misd. a deffered Adjucation? did you have and complete probation? I had a Class A misd that was sealed by the courts because i completed my probation
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    Need some advice. I have a friend who is wanting to apply to nursing school and has to complete the declaratory order for Texas. They are writing their personal statement explaining their offense (which was expunged / dismissed). Can anyone offer advice on what to put in the letter? I have no idea what to tell them... I know that the crime was felony theft, they made full restitution and did community service and the case was then expunged and the charges dismissed against them... but I honestly don't know what to tell them to write in the letter...they have not had any additional legal issues prior or after....and they are streessssing to say the least...

    Any advice you can give would be helpful...
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    If your friend received probation he or she is not eligible for an expunction but rather, an order of non disclosure if the probation was sucessfully completed.

    As far as the letter of explantion, I would say just be honest because they see EVERYTHING!

    Goodluck!
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    Thank you for your suggestion. Actually, yes it is expunged and yes she did get probation. You are most certainly able to get an expungement (in CA) with probation - as a matter of fact, you cannot get an expungement without doing probation.

    I have a lot, A LOT of knowledge on the expungement issue...I was going to school to be a paralegal prior to chaning over to nursing. Unfortunately, what little expertise I have - ends at trying to tell her what to write in her letter to the board...however, honesty to me, is always the best policy... you can deal with the truth, it's deception or attempting to hide or evade that causes problems...
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    I guess in texas is quite different, but yes honesty is the best policy
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    WOW!!!!!!!!!! I was doing research for my survival class, and i stumbled on this site. I am currently enrolled in college seeking an Associate Degree in Nursing and I must say what I read has posed some serious career change questions for me. IMGosh! I am just a freshman and I am so Very Thankful to learn all these things before I having deal to with it. I have a old misdemeanor Class A for carrying a concealed weapon. My attorney got in thrown out after I took a gun permit class 10yrs ago and some traffick infractions. Reading this has made me want to reconsider my choice of profession.
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    So does anyone know how long it took to get the decision back from the BON? I submitted a declaratory order and was told it went into review on Nov 7th. I live in Texas and I have called the BON multiple times to check on the status and have been told 2 different time frames on when I should expect a decision.

    One woman told me 45 calendar days from Nov 7th, and I explicitly asked...so I count everyday even weekends and holidays from that date...just to clarify what she was saying and she told me yes everyday starting at that date.

    Then another woman told me 45 business days from Nov 7th. So I also asked this woman...only Monday thru Friday then?... She said yes and also told me not to count any holidays such as Veterans day, Thanksgiving and the Monday after Christmas.

    I have called probably around 10 different times and still they will not allow me to speak to a supervisor so I can have my questions answered about which is the correct timeframe. I am becoming very discouraged because I have been accepted to a Nursing Program here in Texas but the school won't even allow me to start until I get a letter from the BON approving me to take the NCLEX.

    I just don't understand how a school can keep you from attending when it should be my decision whether or not I want to spend the money on attendance without knowing whether or not I will be approved. It just seems that they don't have the right to not allow me to attend when they have already sent me an acceptance letter.
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    OMG, I am so glad I came across this post. I am in the same situation as many of you and feel sooo powerless!! I live in GA and I had a theft misdemeanor back in '98. When filling out my license application I said NO to any arrests or such; at the time it was an hones yet maybe dumb mistake.
    For some reason I understood to declare any previous arrests related to drugs or drunk driving (don't really know why this got stuck in my mind but that's what I remember reading). Anyway, later I received an email stating they found an arrest and needed documentation and a letter of explanation. I sent the documentation and shortly after I received permission to take NCLEX so I thought they had reviewed my file and had approved me for license if I passed, but I guess that's not the way it works. Took NCLEX and passed Nov. 12 and now waiting to see what the BON will decide. How long will this take??????

    After reading so many similar stories I just feel relieved in a way, now I know that I am not the only one, but sooo defeated on the other hand. As many of you have mentioned, so much work, sleepless nights, stress and years away from my husband and kids and all for nothing!!!!
    I still have a little hope that maybe the BON will decide to license me but loosing that hope just a little more each day that goes by with no answer

    I really think there should be some kind of process in which a person gets to be informed of the way the BON works (I think a couple of you mentioned your school did this for you but my school didn't) and a way that the BON could let you know before you start nursing school if you would qualify for a license or not depending on previous legal issues.

    As far as the job issue I do have a question, I am a surgical technician and have worked in hospitals in Texas and Georgia and have always declared my previous arrest and have had no problem finding a job, as a nurse do the hiring requirements change? Right now I hold a position as a surgical tech in Ga and have been offered a nurse position if I get licensed, could the hospital later change their mind although I am already an employee? Just wondering.
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    Hey I am having the same issues my file went in for view on Nov 8th, and I am also in Texas. I have to wait 45 days to hear from them as well so if you hear anything let me know, I will do the same





    So does anyone know how long it took to get the decision back from the BON? I submitted a declaratory order and was told it went into review on Nov 7th. I live in Texas and I have called the BON multiple times to check on the status and have been told 2 different time frames on when I should expect a decision.

    One woman told me 45 calendar days from Nov 7th, and I explicitly asked...so I count everyday even weekends and holidays from that date...just to clarify what she was saying and she told me yes everyday starting at that date.

    Then another woman told me 45 business days from Nov 7th. So I also asked this woman...only Monday thru Friday then?... She said yes and also told me not to count any holidays such as Veterans day, Thanksgiving and the Monday after Christmas.

    I have called probably around 10 different times and still they will not allow me to speak to a supervisor so I can have my questions answered about which is the correct timeframe. I am becoming very discouraged because I have been accepted to a Nursing Program here in Texas but the school won't even allow me to start until I get a letter from the BON approving me to take the NCLEX.

    I just don't understand how a school can keep you from attending when it should be my decision whether or not I want to spend the money on attendance without knowing whether or not I will be approved. It just seems that they don't have the right to not allow me to attend when they have already sent me an acceptance letter.[/quote]
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    Hey nnurse27...I will for sure let you know if I hear anything from the BoN.

    So when did your declaratory order go into review? Oh, and an update...you should make sure that you call alot because I called on the 8th of November and was told that it went into review on the 1st of November. Then I waited a little over a week before calling again and this time I was told that there was nothing listed on my file and that they had no idea what was going on with my paperwork. So they said they would have to call me back...I waited and called back repeated times before anyone responded and then was finally told on the 18th of November that because they didn't know when my paperwork really went into review that they would "back-date it" for the 7th of November and put it into the stack near the papers that actually went into review on the 7th.

    And so I recommend that you call and make sure about what is going on with your paperwork. I call them everyother day trying to make sure in case there are any changes.

    Also they only have one person that goes through all of the declaratory orders they recieve for the entire state of Texas...I really do not understand how that is possible...seems very inefficient.

    Good luck to you and your declaratory order!!! Hope atleast we hear something soon.


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