I'm in the process of applying to the Texas BON for the RN license (NCLEX-RN). However, several things came up. I have about 3 eligibility issues counting against me, all outside the state of Texas. I had a juvy record when I was 12 (misdeamenor) and I'm unsure if that should be reported. I also have a traffic infraction for passing school bus with red lights and recently got a speeding ticket. The last 2 infractions had a bail fine greater than >$300.
Now, I read that the Texas BON takes up to 3-6 months to fully review an application that has eligibility issues. That concerns me, because after graduation, I was planning on going into an RN-BSN program as soon as I pass the NCLEX. Can anyone provide advice at this point? Any points that I'm missing?
Mar 26, '13
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
Best to check Texas BON info:
I think something may come up on my criminal background check. Should I notify the Board before submitting my fingerprints?
Applicants must be able to answer "No" to the following questions in order to use the online application. All other applicants may download a complete application packet. Review of applicants with eligibility issues can take three (3) to six (6) month to complete.
- For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:
A. been convicted of a misdemeanor? (You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations.)
B. been convicted of a felony?
C. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
D. received deferred adjudication?
E. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
F. been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? court-ordered confinement?
G. been granted pre-trial diversion?
H. been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
I. been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
J. been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment/punishment/action?
NOTE: Expunged and Sealed Offenses: While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not be disclosed, it is your responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket or citation has, in fact, been expunged or sealed. It is recommended that you submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in question to our office with your application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not in fact expunged or sealed, will at a minimum, subject your license to a disciplinary fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character.
NOTE: Orders of Non-Disclosure: Pursuant to Tex. Gov't Code 552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are the subject of an order of non-disclosure you are not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form. However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure may become a character and fitness issue. Pursuant to other sections of the Gov't Code chapter 411, the Texas Nursing Board is entitled to access criminal history record information that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if you properly did not reveal that matter, the Board may require you to provide information about any conduct that raises issues of character.
- Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
- Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a license, certificate or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
- *Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?
- *Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?
*Pursuant to the Occupations Code 301.207, information regarding a person's diagnosis or treatment for a physical condition, mental condition, or chemical dependency is confidential to the same extent that information collected as part of an investigation is confidential under the Occupations Code 301.466.
213.28 - Licensure of Persons with Criminal Convictions
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Mar 26, '13