Hi everyone. I have fought within myself for awhile now before bringing this topi out to see what others in the nursing community thought, but here goes.
I graduate high school in 2005, and found myself freed. I left home and met a guy. He was aweful for me and we ended up living with his mom, my car, anywhere we could. It was a dark and depressing time in my life. Well, I got caught twice stealing groceries to survive. Both misdemeanors and stupid mistakes I paid for. Ok fast foreward a couple years. I moved home, want back to college and excelled. I made deans and presidents list and followed my heart to be a better person. I became pregnant with my daughter and she was born aug. 25 1011. I applied to nursing school ad was accepted! I was so excited that I could be someone for her. My background got me kicked out in three days. Ok so I go and get the charges expunged and reapply. I got in yet again with excellent scores and grades. Now I have found out that the BON can still deny me licensure even if I get my ADN. Should I try to follow my dream? I have been employed at a LTC facility for a year now as an aide. I know I can state my case to the board but I just don't want to fail my daughter. This is my passion and my life. I am just so down about it all. Thanks for any comments and help.
May 13, '13
I can offer you some words of advice by saying "DO NOT STOP GOING TO SCHOOL FOR THAT REASON" I have seen worst cases than what you have described filing and getting their licenses. What I would suggest is getting letters from family friends and most importantly coworkers and instructors to show how much you have changed. Then I would personally write a letter explaining your journey and the difficulties you faced in your past. Make sure to stress the importance of becoming a nurse that this is your opportunity for your daughter to have a better life and security that unfortunately you did not have during those dark years. ALSO Mention that with all these obstacles, you did end up turning your life around and that this is your second chance THAT YOU HAVE EARNED.... Do not confuse an explanation with begging for your license .... You do not have to feel unworthy of this spot because you are worthy of it especially with all that you have faced. Sitting at these boards I can tell you one thing you have a strong chance and whatever you do DONT GIVE UP. Don't tell anyone tell you that you can't .... You can and you will! Have faith in yourself and finish by excelling like you started. Prove to yourself and everyone that your past will not define who you have become and most importantly that you have learned important life lessons along the way.
I wish you luck but you don't need it! Have confidence in your dream.
Last edit by Esme12 on May 13, '13
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