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ATT for good moral character evaluation in Massachusetts

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by RNskiier94 RNskiier94 (Member)

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Hi

 

Just wondering if anyone has had to go through GMC evaluation in MA for their ATT for NCLEX... I had previous DUI that was CWOF'd , and dismissed at the end of my probation(several years ago). This never showed up on a single CORI or background check during nursing school. However I was told that the Ma BON considers this to be a "conviction" even though I was not technically convicted. So I submitted all paperwork necessary for them to review me for ATT for NCLEX.

 

My question is, does anyone have success stories of getting their ATT, similar to my situation? And if so, could you provide a timeline of when you submitted documentation and got your ATT?

 

My classmates have all gotten theirs two weeks ago 😞 I have gotten an offer for basically my dream job and it starts the beginning of March. I will be devastated if I can't get an ATT by then. 

 

Thank you

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN.

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Does the paperwork say, "all charges dropped, nolo prosequi (?spelling) ?" Perhaps there's someone at the arresting agency you can ask about it. Chances are that the way they see it in law enforcement will be the way it's viewed by healthcare. It's also not a bad idea to look into expungement. In my opinion it shows that you are concerned with cleaning up your record as much as possible, it also means that a patient or patient's family won't be able to see it if they look you up. 

Another thing to remember is that the BONs are often more forgiving than the private sector. They may take a little longer to review and then approve and ATT and licensure, but then you must find a place willing to hire you. My guess is that will not be a problem since you were obviously allowed to complete clinicals somewhere in nursing school.

Deep breath... It's gonna work out. 

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So it was considered "admission to sufficient facts" meaning it never went to court to the point where it was considered a guilty plea. So I did not plead , guilty , nor was convicted. However the courts and the board do see things differently from I am understanding. I went to the court to get my paperwork. The Chief of Probation was assisting me, but had mentioned that he thought I never should have answered yes to their GMC questions, when it came to the question of "have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor?" The BON in MA defines conviction as a more broad term than does the general courts, in that it includes "a guilty plea, nollo contendere and a few other terms." The nollo portion was where I felt that this applied to my case. The Chief probation officer informed me a nollo contendere doesn't exist in the state of massachusetts. 

So I ended up calling the boards to inquire about if I answered incorrectly and they told me that because I already submitted court documentation that they needed more information to determine a further evaluation. But essentially they told me a CWOF is not a conviction. Honestly it turned into a huge mess, and the language is extremely confusing. But I think it was safe to still disclose of it rather than not, based on feedback from  a few legal friends I have.

 

Also on the note of expungement: frankly I should have done this a long time ago but didn't have the $ to do so. Luckily have a friend in law who is willing to expunge it for me for free, once this all blows over! 

 

Just praying for my ATT soon! Say one for me if you can! 

 

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN.

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4 hours ago, RNskiier94 said:

So it was considered "admission to sufficient facts" meaning it never went to court to the point where it was considered a guilty plea. So I did not plead , guilty , nor was convicted. However the courts and the board do see things differently from I am understanding. I went to the court to get my paperwork. The Chief of Probation was assisting me, but had mentioned that he thought I never should have answered yes to their GMC questions, when it came to the question of "have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor?" The BON in MA defines conviction as a more broad term than does the general courts, in that it includes "a guilty plea, nollo contendere and a few other terms." The nollo portion was where I felt that this applied to my case. The Chief probation officer informed me a nollo contendere doesn't exist in the state of massachusetts. 

So I ended up calling the boards to inquire about if I answered incorrectly and they told me that because I already submitted court documentation that they needed more information to determine a further evaluation. But essentially they told me a CWOF is not a conviction. Honestly it turned into a huge mess, and the language is extremely confusing. But I think it was safe to still disclose of it rather than not, based on feedback from  a few legal friends I have.

 

Also on the note of expungement: frankly I should have done this a long time ago but didn't have the $ to do so. Luckily have a friend in law who is willing to expunge it for me for free, once this all blows over! 

 

Just praying for my ATT soon! Say one for me if you can! 

 

I will!

Expungement was easy in FL. I did it myself and mine came through quicker than my friends who used attorneys. $75 for the application and $85 for finger prints and background check... still costly if you are short on cash, but cheaper than the $500-$1,000 my friends paid for attorney fees.

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