I am almost finished with my BS in Computer Science but am considering switching careers to nursing in a few years (enough time to pay back loans and save up some money). I had a question about the Board of Nurse examiners and their criminal background checks.
5 years ago in 1999 I was given a felony deffered adjudication probation sentence for unlawful possession of a knife and criminal trespass (simultaneously). At DCCCD it is not considered one of the 'prohibited histories' according to their website FAQ. And DCCCD runs a seven year background check and I would start the nursing program more than seven years after the original offense date.
But this is my question. Does the BNE also run 7 year background checks or do they go back farther than that? If I qualify for clinical rotations for DCCCD criteria does that mean I would also qualify to get an RN license from the BNE? And would my offense prevent me from getting an RN license by the Texas BNE?
I would really hate to spend 2 years studying for an RN license and then not be allowed to practice nursing at all. Any help would be greatly appreciated.