I'm not looking for legal advice, just some opinions. I've been reading this particular subject for a lil over a year now and have spoken to many and done much research concerning the BON judging each case, on a case by case basis.
My question is this... Do you think that it's fair for the BON to look at each case seperately, but an applicant can be turned down for Nursing School because of an inability to complete clinicals? How can an applicant even get to the licensure application process if the nursing school won't admit you because of a past criminal history?
What would be a possible solution to that particular situation? Should a Nursing student be able to submit a research paper in leiu of a particular clinical if they can demonstrate proper skills in the school nursing lab?
Just some thoughts to mull over. Not trying to start a morals issue/thread. Just would like to explore possible
Plenty of nursing schools conduct background checks mainly because the clinical
facilities require it, and, yes, the contracts with the clinical facilities specify that they can refuse any student who doesn't meet their standards re: criminal background. In the last program in which I taught, the school
would take you regardless of what turned up in your background check, but students were informed that, if they were refused by a particular facility because of their background, we (the school) would attempt to place them in another clinical group at another facility, but, if that didn't work out, they'd have to be dropped from the program.
No, I do not support the idea of completing any sort of alternative project in lieu of completing clinical hours. For one thing, a certain, specified number of supervised clinical hours is required by the state BON in order for graduates to be eligible to write the NCLEX (that's also why the absence policies are so strict in nursing schools). For another, clinical is the heart and soul of nursing education and there's far too little of it in current programs already (IMHO
), without allowing some students to miss entire rotations.
Even if one manages to get licensed, there is still the question of employment -- healthcare employers all do background checks (most are required to by state law), and many will simply not hire (or, in some cases, are prevented by state law from hiring) an individual with particular types of legal charges/convictions on her/his record. No taking individual circumstances into account in that case -- you either have that type of charge on your record or you don't. The BONs are actually a lot more flexible and forgiving than many employers are going to be.
Last edit by elkpark on Aug 2, '09
Aug 3, '09
by sirI, MSN, APRN, NP Admin
I respectfully disagree. Expunged/sealed records do not imply remorse, just a good attorney.
Expunged records do not mean, "not guilty". And, clinical entities as well as BONs will ask the question, "have you ever.......?"
Last edit by sirI on Aug 3, '09