Nurses With Criminal Records

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    Hello everyone, are there any CNAs or RNs on here who have obtained their license with a criminal background? If so, what was your conviction for, and what did you have to go through to get your license? I just want to know, because I am taking a CNA class right now, and I will be finished in a couple of weeks...The problem is that I have a conviction on my record for embezzlement(gave a discount to a family member when working at a retail store)...This happened when I was 18, my first violation, and I am now 21, and my probation will be over on 12/26/04. Yesterday I found out that my status of my license is that I am being denied , but the lady on the phone said that there is a possibility that I can still get my license...I really want to be an RN, but a CNA for right now, and I am devastated that I won't be able to get cleared. Am I wasting my time, or is there still hope? Please help with your stories....:uhoh21:
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    Get your record expunged. Go to the county where you were arrested and have them find a record of your arrest and disposition. If it comes back with the charg on it see if you can make an appointment to see a Judge about adding a minute to get your record expunged. Explain your career path and what you plan to do and they will posibly allow you to get your record expunged.
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    Quote from CCU NRS
    Get your record expunged. Go to the county where you were arrested and have them find a record of your arrest and disposition. If it comes back with the charg on it see if you can make an appointment to see a Judge about adding a minute to get your record expunged. Explain your career path and what you plan to do and they will posibly allow you to get your record expunged.
    I got a court date yesterday to get my record expunged, but the hearing isn't until january...
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    I have had this problem, after I was already licensed. I made a deal with the prosecutor with the encouragement of the detective involved in my case to have my record expunged if I successfully completed my probation. It was part of my plea agreement that my record would be expunged if I complied with their requirements. I also had to be on the Health Professional Recovery Program ( Michigan ) and the BON had no problem with me practicing. They did restrict my license for 6 months, no narc passing, and I have completed and complied with everything they required. My record was expunged, and I have my license and can practice without any restrictions. My situation was a little more serious than yours, so I wouldn't be too worried, they are pretty understanding, and not out to ruin your life. They just want to make sure you will act appropriately in the future.

    Having your court date after you've completed your probationary period will work to your advantage. As long as you have complied with your "sentence" requirements, they should expunge your record. It sounds like you are on the right track, so don't worry too much. Be respectful and professional at your hearing, and you should be fine.

    Best of luck
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    I got a court date yesterday to get my record expunged, but the hearing isn't until january...
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    I say go for it....There are worse things you could oF done. I dont think you will have any problem when your probation period is expired.
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    Quote from kim1234
    I say go for it....There are worse things you could oF done. I dont think you will have any problem when your probation period is expired.
    Here in Michigan you have to wait 5 years before you can get your record exspunged. My question is, after you've exspunged your record can you become a nurse, and do you answer yes to them if they ask if you've ever been convicted of a felony. I"m going through this now and I want to know whats my chances of becoming a nurse. I just got off probation in March 05 and have a little ways to go. But I figure I'll do all my prereq's first at a community college,then transfer to a 4 yr university for a bacelors in nursing. Maybe about that time my time will be up. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've called my BON, and they seem so clueless!
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    Quote from babygirl_15_95838
    Hello everyone, are there any CNAs or RNs on here who have obtained their license with a criminal background? If so, what was your conviction for, and what did you have to go through to get your license? I just want to know, because I am taking a CNA class right now, and I will be finished in a couple of weeks...The problem is that I have a conviction on my record for embezzlement(gave a discount to a family member when working at a retail store)...This happened when I was 18, my first violation, and I am now 21, and my probation will be over on 12/26/04. Yesterday I found out that my status of my license is that I am being denied , but the lady on the phone said that there is a possibility that I can still get my license...I really want to be an RN, but a CNA for right now, and I am devastated that I won't be able to get cleared. Am I wasting my time, or is there still hope? Please help with your stories....:uhoh21:
    I am in a CNA class and I have almost the same problem.... the only thing is that on MY background check I found out I was an identity theft victim. Apparently someone has been using me as an "alias" and "I" have apparently been convicted for several class 2 felonies.... I am in the process of changing everything right now.... Hopefully I can get this crap taken off my record in the next few months...
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    I moved from Florida to the state of Georgia about 2 years ago. I have since then completed a certification for a Nurse Technician and wanted to soon try to get into RN class,however I have a background for theft from about 12 years ago which I have been rejected for this very reason for several jobs off and on throughout the years..I was told by my school instructors that volunteering in a hospital would be a possible entry into the hospital which,one hospital I do volunteer to did do a background check and they apparently did not find anything,but I applied to another hospital to volunteer to and they denied me because of my background.I have worked as a cna a few months ago at nursing home and appartlenty they did not find anything,I left their because I want to not just be restricted to the hard labor of cna work, being that I have been trained in other skills such as ekg,phlebotomy.I want to work in a hospital and the work is not as streneous ,even though I am a volunteer at a local hospital I was wondering would the hiring process mean another or different background check.
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    Hello, Maybe i can find someone to guide me in the right direction. A few months ago i was charged with grand theft, i was given a 3 year probation period with early termination if all restitution was paid. i plan to paid the money owed in feb next year and plan to start the process of expungement right after. .... i am in school for nursing and scared to contiune, because i fear i might not be given the lic. to practice nursing. should i take the risk of finishing my nursing degree and risk the possibility of not getting a lic. and the possibility of not being able to get a job ? i am soo worried !
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    moved to our nursing licensure with a criminal history forum--see sticked info at top and previous threads.

    in pa, convictins for theft prohibit hiring in long term care settings: snf, alf, rehab,personal care homes and home health agency due to older adult protective laws.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jul 6, '11


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