A fellow Hoosier!
I have to tell you, do not even think
about going to nursing school
until this criminal charge is finalized.
I can tell you for a fact that if you get stuck with a misdemeanoryou will most likely have to appear before the ISBON before they will let you take your NCLEX. They will probably have no problem letting you take the NCLEX and you will receive a probationary license when you pass your boards.
Here is the problem: finding a job. If you get stuck with a probationary license, forget it unless you know someone with enough pull to get you hired. Even without a probationary license, I am not so sure in this economy and with the changing perceptions of misdemeanors (I'll explain in a minute) most places will even hire a nurse (or a cashier) in Indiana with any kind of criminal past.
I am telling you all of this from hard, cruel experience, as I have a misdemeanor battery from 2001 and graduated at the top of my nursing class; and yet, after 8 months and 150+ applications have only had 3 interviews. I am presented of my neighborhood committee, a substitute teacher for all the local schools
,and an established tax preparer. Owned the same house and phone number for 25 years and always paid my bills. Stable, but who cares.
I consulted many attorneys. Nothing to do. Indiana no longer allows expungements, period. So that is out. My personal attorney told me it was a waste of time even looking for employent as a nurse, especially with a probationary licenses. The most important thing I wish to communicate to you is this: the premier attorney in downtown Indianapolis for expungements in the past who I approached to see about a governor's pardon told me that employers currently see misdemeanors as felonies. In other words, "But it's only a misdemeanor" no longer holds true. This is not so in Germany, for example, where the majority of my family lives, or maybe even in some U.S. states....yet. But it is coming fast.
With gun to head under threat of death, the only
job I think of one could get with any kind of criminal past, is trucking. Perhaps bartenders, strippers, tattoo artists. You see my point.
I wish you the best of luck, my friend. The only thing worse than not becoming a nurse if you want to be one is becoming one and not being able to find a job. Why? Because you have to spend every day explaining to everyone around you what is wrong with you that you are'nt working as a nurse.