Writing the explanation letter (criminal hx) for nursing board - page 2

Hello All, I am just about to graduate nursing school. I am at the point where we are finishing up paperwork and registering for the NCLEX. Due to a misdemeanor charge that I plead guilty to... Read More

  1. by   MelodyinTN2015
    Thank you so much for all the words of advice and encouragement. I am truly touched by all the support and people who too the time to respond to my posting. I have read every suggestion carefully and hopefully will be able to return with good news soon! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for helping me through this!
  2. by   Mocha25
    Quote from MelodyinTN2015
    Hello All,

    I am just about to graduate nursing school. I am at the point where we are finishing up paperwork and registering for the NCLEX. Due to a misdemeanor charge that I plead guilty to about 11 years ago, I need to include an explanation letter with my application for licensure.

    I am having a difficult time with this because I don't exactly what I should include in the letter. I understand that I need to include how I have changed, remorse for the crime, why I can now be trusted, ect... But I am not sure how much detail I am supposed to include about the actual circumstances surrounding my being charged with the crime. I am including all of the paperwork with my application that includes the arrest affidavit, statements from the person(s) who filed charges against me.

    My dilemma is that I feel like I should be offering explanation, basically my side of the story, and what led up to the event. But at the same time I don't want to sound as if I am placing blame or giving excuses. However, there were extenuating circumstances that I think I should mention. So I don't know if I should go into all of that detail, or do I just explain that I am remorseful and sorry for my mistakes and leave it at that?

    I have not been arrested repeatedly. This incident is the only criminal history that I have and it was almost 11 years ago. I have not had so much as a speeding ticket since that time.

    If anyone else has experience writing a letter of this type and could offer some guidance I would be forever grateful. I have worked so hard to get through school and have overcome so much to get here. I am a single mother just getting out of a very unhealthy marriage and I feel like my ability to provide a good future for my children is resting on this one last hurdle, obtaining the license. So obviously this letter is stressing me out quite a bit.

    Thank you in advance for any guidance and support that you can provide.

    I have had to report criminal history to BON. I was having trouble at the beginning. I was not sure what to write to the BON either I came across a lawyer that represents nurses in situations like this or have trouble with BON. He has been representing me since this occurred . He wrote the letter to BON for me. It was an excellent letter. It had references in the letter. Having this lawyer represent me has reduced my stress level. I don't feel BON can take advantage of me since this lawyer has so much knowledge in this area. I would suggest representation to help you. It is expensive but well worth it.
  3. by   Tonyd1707
    Im sorry, what state were you in, I have overcome so much in my life, i have struggled and was determined to beat the odds. I too work in the medical field and went to school excelled top of my class awards, scholarships and all. i haves had the support of my hospital that i work in, letters of recommendation, evaluations that are best in dept. in-addition I passed nclex 75 questions, waiting for application to be viewed bc of previous backround hx drug related 8yrs ago. i wanted to see if anyone knows the process. ny state?
  4. by   flowers01
    Hi Carrie_c. I'm about to graduate in May. I have to write a letter to the TN BON too. Did you give to your school the letter and all court records so they could include and send all of those with your application? or did you send them separately?
  5. by   MJ0HNS0N
    Quote from MelodyinTN2015
    Thank you so much for all the words of advice and encouragement. I am truly touched by all the support and people who too the time to respond to my posting. I have read every suggestion carefully and hopefully will be able to return with good news soon! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for helping me through this!
    Hi Melody, I was wondering if you had an update? I too have to send in a letter but for something I wasn't charged for or convicted of 9 years ago; I was just arrested. I was hoping you could offer some words of encouragement that everything panned out?
  6. by   Dianna11
    I know it's a long time since this OP, but I'm in the same situation now and I don't know what to send!
    Do they want only the Court Disposition? Or the whole rexord? (Arrest/ticket)
    Also, they said they want us to prove we complied with court orders. But how can I get proof that I paid court fees and went to a driving improvement class (8hrs) when my infraction happened a decade and half ago?

    What documents did you end up sending?
  7. by   mypuppysnores
    Does anyone have sample letters??? I'm totally struggling with mine!
    mypuppysnores@gmail.com
    HELP!
    Thanks
    Meghan
  8. by   Dddave7
    Carrie_c
    what all did you have to do extra to deal with your situation besides filling out the criminal bc on the paperwork. I have a misdemeanor from 11 yrs ago and just finished all my classes and Clinical's and will be applying very soon. I also have already accepted a job on a med surg floor pending my boards. I'm very apprehensive. Did you have to go to the state board and testify or anything? Also in my case because it was 11 years ago I am unable to obtain any court documents or police records, as they purge them after ten years.
  9. by   tina_deli
    I have two misdemeanor convictions more than six years ago and I just recently wrote my letter of explanation and sent my expungement paperwork I did not in include police reports I'm hoping that they don't ask for them because they are expensive and time-consuming.
  10. by   lilfowlsmom
    Did you happen to recieve any sample letter for the Bon? im in the same boat trying to start my letter i know your post was 1 year ago
    Quote from mypuppysnores
    Does anyone have sample letters??? I'm totally struggling with mine!
    mypuppysnores@gmail.com
    HELP!
    Thanks
    Meghan

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