Prior Arrest and Nursing - page 2

I just passed the LPN boards in the State of IL and was waiting for my name to show up on the IDPR site. Well I get a letter stating that I was arrested in 1993 (picked up by FBI fingerprints). Until that moment, I did not... Read More

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    Quote from PhoenixTech
    I'm sorry but what about New Jersey? Please direct me to where you got your information because I've scoured NJ BON website, statues and mandates from the NJ government website, consulted NJ expungement lawyers and performed numerous internet searches in the pursuit of what sort of offenses constitute an absolute bar. I was unsuccessful. As a matter of fact this is the only thing I could find with any information concerning NJ and Lincensure Bars:

    and this briefing paper analyzing the barriers of employment for persons with criminal histories:
    I'm not sure that I understand your post. What the OP is talking about doesn't mean his/her license are barred! The application for being a nurse clearly asks if there are any arrest, a nursing applicant must provide certain paperwork, court papers regarding the arrest, circumstances, etc. If you go look at the application that must be submitted, you will probably find what he's talking about.

    The thing is, he lied on his nursing application. There is a little box, or line beside, "have you ever been arrested?" He/she wasn't honest, or forgot, or didn't read. That's the issue here.

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    okay, i found a copy of the application for testing in the state of il. here is the question i was asked:
    have you been convicted of any criminal offense in any state or in federal court (other than minor traffic violations)?
    [color=#292526][color=#292526][color=#292526]if yes, attach
    a certified copy of the court records regarding your conviction, the nature of the offense and date of discharge, if applicable, as well
    as a statement from the probation or parole office.

    2. have you been convicted of a felony?
    3. if yes, have you been issued a certificate of relief from disabilities by the prisoner review board?
    [color=#292526][color=#292526][color=#292526]if yes, attach a copy of the certificate.
    the answer to all of these questions were no. i have never been convicted of any crime. i am just wondering if anyone can remember if they were asked if they had been arrested. had i been asked that, it probably would have triggered that night, ,but for the life of me i cannot recall ever being asked if i was arrested. i have had background checks for my last three jobs and a background check to get into nursing school. this came up after i sat for the boards. any ideas?
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    If it didn't ask if you have ever been arrested, then you didn't lie.
    I looked at an application in Florida and it does not ask about arrests only convictions.
    In your case it sound like it was defered which they do ask about.
    If I were you I would turn in everything they ask for and a letter explaining the circumstances. Also why you didnt put it in the application.
    Do mind the people on here that say "You need to pay for what you did" The court feels you already did. Those people just never got caught doing anything and got arrested for it. All the RNs in the US are not angels. It was something that happened when you were 18. You were a kid, kids make mistakes, that is how they learn. I think it is minor and they will most likely take all that into consideration.
    You will get your RN, you just have to jump through some extra hoops to get it. I know, it is the last thing you need before your NCLEX but it will be worth it. Don't stress too much over it. I have heard of people with previous DUIs getting their RN. Just give them what they ask for and then some extra.
    Good luck and keep your head up!
    Last edit by Sniper RN on Mar 25, '10 : Reason: spelling errors that were embarassing
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    questions we seem to be encountering more and more often have to do with the effects of a criminal history on nursing licensure:

    • is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a criminal history?
    • is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a dui or other related charges?
    • what happens if you are charged or convicted of a crime after licensure?
    • can i go to nursing school and/or be licensed if my record has been sealed or expunged?

    these are questions that the members of cannot answer. the only reliable source of information is your state board of nursing.

    please refer to this thread for other information:

    nursing licensure with a criminal history

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