Nurses with criminal background - page 2

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... Read More

  1. Visit  Jaywyze03 profile page
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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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  3. Visit  Katie Kat profile page
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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?
  4. Visit  HoustonTXRN profile page
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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.
  5. Visit  Katie Kat profile page
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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.
  6. Visit  KAYBDT6 profile page
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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?
  7. Visit  HoustonTXRN profile page
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    hospitals will still see it
  8. Visit  txgirl11 profile page
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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.
    Psychtrish39, D.R.A., spete39, and 3 others like this.
  9. Visit  carrie_c profile page
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    That's great! It's so nice to hear a success story! I live in TN, I hope I am able to get my license. TN is so hard on people with convictions, it is nearly impossible to get an expungement.
  10. Visit  harleypinkno15 profile page
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    Quote from txgirl11
    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.
    I hope this all works out for you I read this and feel bad. People often make mistakes and shouldn't be judged the rest of there life my question is they do a check when you enter school if this was going to be a problem. It seems someone should have mentioned it to you. All this time later and all the hard work it does seem unfair. Good luck to you!
  11. Visit  jaznia15 profile page
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    For the ones who are saying that they are unable to find a job with a background, do the employers not have a section in the application where you can disclose any criminal convictions. I live in GA and most applications do, but some just have a section asking if you have ever been convicted of a felony. I have one misdemeanor that I was convicted of and disclose it on applications. I would be sorely ****** if I disclosed the information on an app and got an interview just to be passed up because of my background. I am waiting to get the offense expunged but was advised to wait at least five years from the court date, its only been 2. I have had job offers and really don't think I would be turned down even after I do my background but I could be mistaken. BTW: my offense was for fighting...
  12. Visit  droider profile page
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    i'm suprised this didn't come up sooner before you completed the program..
  13. Visit  t_carla profile page
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    I have been accepted to a great nursing school but I'm concerned that 2 misdameanors that I received 20 years ago will keep me from becoming a nurse.
  14. Visit  keasia profile page
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    I am going threw the same problem I also have a felony amd 2 mis and I am scared to even go to thelass I do not know what to do I really want to do it my felony is 6 years old and I have been doing real good


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