Hello---I'm a new male nurse from Tennessee working in Texas. I'm in Arlington at Healthsouth Rehab Hospital.
Anyway, I'm having a problem endorsing my compact license here. When I first came here, I was told I couldn't work on a compact license for more than 30 days. I began the process of endorsing my license and becoming a resident here. I'm 100% Texas resident. I just need a permanent Texas RN license.
When I appliedto the BON, I didn't disclose an arrest from ten years ago I had because it had been expunged and not found by any agency except one: the FBI. The charge, I recently found out, was 'Burglary, Motor Vehicle.' Whoa...sounds serious! I opened the door to a flooded and abandoned truck ten years ago. I was convicted of a misdemeanor and had it expunged. Anyway, it was expunged with the state, but not the FBI; it's with them forever. ***, I thought. I even did a year of clinicals at the VA in school, and even that fingerprint background check showed I was clean. Before I took NCLEX in Tennessee, I got a letter from the board there asking me to explain the arrest. I wrote it and provided them with a copy of the clean background check I had run on myself in Tennessee. That was fine for them.
The Texas BON has found this offense halfway into me practicing on my temporary license here. I sent them a detailed account of what happened and the same clean background check of me from Tennessee. I guess it wasn't good enough because my application has been sent to their Investigation section. The BIG problem is that the investigation won't be over until 2 months (maybe only 2 months) after my temporary license expires, and the BON will not renew it. T-R-O-U-B-L-E
I really don't want to move back to Tennessee. I love the place, but I've come so far, and I LOVE my job here. I talked to my former instructor who is also an attorney and used to practice in Texas as an RN. She said I should be able to practice here on my compact license as long as I claim Tennessee as my permanent residence and my place here in Texas as my domicile. I've never heard of that, but I never knew 'bedlam' was an old English law term until she told me so too. I was also advised to speak with an attorney well-versed in Texas BON law too. Can any of you make any recommendations?
Has this ever happened to anyone here?
Thank you so much for any advice you can give me about this.