Quote from DallasNurse2B
I am about to start my senior year in nursing school so I wanted to submit all the necessary paperwork to the Texas BON so that everything is ready to go upon graduation for me to take the NCLEX. I have a question though...
When I was younger (high school and college) I received a few MIP's (minor in possession of alcohol). The issue is that I can't find record of some of these offenses anywhere in the courts. I believe some of them are sealed due to how old I was at the time and others dismissed due to paid fines/community service (and one court said they purge records every 5 years). SO since I don't have any documentation pertaining to them, how should I go about reporting them to the BON? They request specific documentation in regards to dismissal of charges (which I have for one citation but not the 2 others). The court swears there's nothing on my record and that they won't show up on a background check but paranoid me doesn't want to "lie" to the BON and leave them out. Has anyone had a similar experience before? I'm just not sure how to explain them in the letter that I have to send.
I'd just hate to mess this up and have it affect my eligibility for the NCLEX!
I just told them. My MIP was 4 months before my 21st bday. It was a ticket I had to pay and a hand full of classes. I also never saw it on my record and the court said it wasn't on there, but I just told the BON and never heard a peep from them about it.
To me, its best just to be honest. Even if you don't think it's a big deal and it probably won't effect you, at least it cant come back to bite you later on if you disclose it up front. A lady I went to school with had a marijuana charge from 1982 that she didn't disclose and she paid for it.
Good Luck and Congrats!