Nurses with criminal background

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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. I was so young and it was the biggest mistake of my life, and don't feel its fair that they are judging me for one mistake made. I have always been a straight A student, very responsible and with impecable credit, driving record and school records, its just that one mistake haunting me. My question is, has anyone ever, or do you know of anyone with the same charge as me and were issued their license??? They haven't denied it yet, but its been about 6 months and i don't receive and answer from them so i am getting worried that their answer will be no. and i worked extremely hard in school to get this far, for nothing.
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    Moved to this forum to elicit more responses.
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    Was this a juvie offense or did they charge you as an adult? Did you write them a leter explaining the situation? A couple of people in my class had dings on their records but after they wrote the BON a letter explaining what happened, showing proper remorse, and and pointing out that they had behaved themselves since they were able to get licensed.

    You really do need to get in touch with the BON. The file is probably sitting on someone's desk in the "to do someday" stack. Once you find out what is going on you can figure out how best to proceed.
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    Thank you for your reply. I always thought i was charged as a juvenile because every record check previous employers ran on me came back clear. and since the court dismissed my case because charges were dropped I honestly thought i had nothing to worry about because it was on my juvenile record, so in that section where it asks you if you have a criminal background, i listed NO. That was a major mistake because I feel that jeopordizes my honesty . Well hopefully i get approved to take board exams before i forget important things.
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    I know in Texas there is something in the licensure eligibility regulations about "youthful indescretions". I assume the clause exists in other states as well. You need to contact the BON asap and find out what is going on. Since you were a juvie and the charges were dropped they should let you go ahead and test. They will not make a move on their own, you will have to go to them. The sooner you get started the sooner you can get this resolved.
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    If the charge was "dismissed" as you stated, that would mean there was no conviction. If there was no conviction, then you have no criminal record. Unless you were charged as an adult, the arrest should not have been found by the nursing board. Juvenile records are supposed to be sealed. On the other hand, some states define "adult" for criminal purposes as over 15 or 16, etc. If your case was not "dismissed" and you were convicted, you might want to consult an attorney about possibly getting the conviction expunged since you have been a model citizen. The ability to do this will depend on the law in your state and the offense. Obviously, it will be easier to get somewhere with this if the offense was a misdemeanor rather than a felony.
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    See the FAQ link at top of thread. Issue may be you answered NO instead of yes so need to submit doccumentaion about legal issue and then BON investigates---some quicker than others depending on board resources.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 18, '11
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    Quote from Scott01
    If the charge was "dismissed" as you stated, that would mean there was no conviction. If there was no conviction, then you have no criminal record. Unless you were charged as an adult, the arrest should not have been found by the nursing board. Juvenile records are supposed to be sealed. On the other hand, some states define "adult" for criminal purposes as over 15 or 16, etc. If your case was not "dismissed" and you were convicted, you might want to consult an attorney about possibly getting the conviction expunged since you have been a model citizen. The ability to do this will depend on the law in your state and the offense. Obviously, it will be easier to get somewhere with this if the offense was a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

    I just took a class on legal issues in nursing. We were told that for purposes of licensing boards, no records are completely "sealed." Our instructor told us that you MUST disclose all arrests, convictions, etc. to your BON even if the offense was committed as a minor. I think there may be a distinct possibility that her answer of "No" to this question could be working against her.
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    Quote from Horseshoe
    I just took a class on legal issues in nursing. We were told that for purposes of licensing boards, no records are completely "sealed." Our instructor told us that you MUST disclose all arrests, convictions, etc. to your BON even if the offense was committed as a minor. I think there may be a distinct possibility that her answer of "No" to this question could be working against her.
    I just spoke to the board about why they are taking so long with my file, and they told me exactly as you said, "It's not so much the charge, its the fact that you put NO in your application that is going against you".

    So if this post will help anyone in the future, you need to disclose ANY arrests, no matter the age, the charge or the resolution of the case. I will keep you guys posted on my resolution. thanks!!
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    hey txgirl11, what state are you applying in? texas? i'm in a similar situation, but for california... are you working on any paperwork to send to the board?


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