Hi guys! I am graduating June 8th from nursing school! I am incredibly excited and so proud of myself for doing so well in school and having my school paid off with no government help or help from my parents. I am 22 years old, about to be 23 years old next month. I have had the same job since I was 15 and have multiple entitlements from my strong work ethic including only taking 1 week of vacation in 7.5 years and never missing a day of work. I went to apply for my NCLEX exam, and I feel as if a demon is now hovering over me.
I understand I need to be honest on my application, and I never thought once of not being honest. When I was 18 years old I was found with one 'marijuana cigarette'. Due to the city ordinance this was considered 1 count of possession and 1 count of paraphenelia. However, that night the cop let me go with a warning because I explained to him my dreams. I at that point, re-evaluated my friends and learned a lesson of a lifetime. Two months after that (must have been some sort of statue of limitation) I was served a summons to court. I couldn't believe it. I hired a lawyer, only got convicted of simple possession of marijuana (minor? or 4th degree misdemeanor? I can't remember), and the paraphenelia never was mentioned in court?...
After one year I got my record sealed and went on about my life knowing I couldn't dwell on a mistake, a lesson. NOTHING will stop me from becoming a nurse.. NOTHING. I have dreamt of being a nurse since I was a little girl. I want to go back to college to become more, and more, and more. I have always lived a life of dreams and reaching and catching the stars!!! I got into nursing school just fine, my BCI and FBI background checks were clear, and at that point I was super pumped that I could leave it as the past and take it to my grave. Since then I have given motivational speeches to High Schoolers regarding how important school is, and the decisions they make after they graduate could effect them forever.
Please help me put myself to peace until I find out from the Ohio BON that I can sit for the NCLEX.. are my dreams broken? Does anyone have advice of what I can send into the board? I have reference letters from my employers/managers, clinical instructors, and schools where I do motivational speeches. I have no record, what so ever, of my conviction, only my certified sealed journal. Oh lordy, if only, if only, if only, I could go back in time. Thanks guys for reading this. Please give me ANY advice, success stories, thoughts, or anything you would like to say :-)