I'm currently a hair stylist in Indiana and considering switching careers and going to nursing school. I feel a calling and am really excited to go. The only thing holding me back is a pending "criminal conversion" charge (petty theft) from over a year ago that I'm still fighting. (My lawyer said I could either wait it out to get it knocked down to an ordinance violation or go into a deferral program, where it would still be pending for a year).
I was arrested for stealing a swim suit (arrested for "theft" which is a felony, the next day it was knocked down to "criminal conversion" which is just a misdemeanor).... it was a reeeeaaaally stupid thing to do and I regret it terribly almost every day since it happened. I'm so scared to even start school after reading these threads about how hard of a time it is for someone with a criminal background to get hired or even licensed. My sister just graduated with her RN and thinks that as long as it wasn't anything drug-related I should be okay. But it seems like I'll have to jump through hoops either way just to get my license and even still may not be able to obtain a job.
Should I even begin nursing school? I'm so tired of being just a hair stylist and want a career where I can make a real difference in the lives of others. I just feel so held back from one completely stupid mistake that I'm paying greatly for already. Can anyone out there help me or offer any advice?