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This is a discussion on ONE THAT MADE IT! in Nursing Licensure With A Criminal History, part of Nursing Career Advice ... Ok, so I have been lurking and posting for years in fear of NEVER getting into nursing schoo-which...by dylansmom7 Aug 18, '12Ok, so I have been lurking and posting for years in fear of NEVER getting into nursing schoo-which I did...then, wondering IF I would ever get licensed-which I did..and then wondering IF I would ever find a job-WHICH I did. I was arrested almost 18 years ago for posession of a controlled substance-meth..and something with my car tags. false tags. I pled not guilty but ended up doing a diversion program and then in exchange, I would not be charged with the offense. I was arrested and that record will never be any different, but I was not charged due to the program. I am in california and have been an oncology nurse at a wonderful hospital in OC. I am truly so grateful that my mistake hasn't ruined my life and my career. I hope that you all keep chugging away and get licensed as well...Good luck to all of you.. Oh, and be HONEST with the BON..It is a MUST..
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- Aug 19, '12 by Pattycakes85Thank you!!!!! What an awesome success story. I am definitely not giving up and going for it now!!! Nothing is stopping me
- Sep 1, '12 by BobbieLouWow! Thanks for sharing your story!
I would like to share my own story because when I got into a mess I read so many post that lead me to believe there wasn't hope. About a year into Nursing school I got a theft charge. I had never been in trouble in my life and prided myself on what a good citizen I am.. .lol I had stopped and picked up 13 bricks from the edge of town that had been sitting for years and were covered in dirt and grass. I thought it was a shame and sought to make something of them. I was going to make a flower bed in my back yard. It was the middle of the day and my actions were out in the open. A police man came by and said that the bricks were the cities and charged me with theft. I felt my world was over and after reading everyone's post on message boards was certain of it! Eventually the charge was dismissed and I had the charge expunged. Again the internet and persistent Googling led me to believe just having a charge made me hopeless and even though it was expunged the board would see it.
Happy Ending - The board never saw my charge! It didn't even show up on the FBI and BCI background check. I received my Approval To Test and an offer for a great job before I was even licensed in Ohio.
If God put it on your heart to be a nurse then you should be a nurse. Pray about and take the legal steps you can to make good on your actions and God will see you through!!
- Sep 2, '12 by chica_bananadid you report this to the BON, though? thank you.. good to know people make it through