Published May 16, 2009
I am going to school for nursing, and unfortunately I have a current charge of grand larceny 3rd degree....a class D felony pending from a previous employer. I am fighting the charge with a court appointed attorney, but I don't have much confidence that my attorney will get the charge dropped or have the charge reduced, and it looks like I will be convicted. I am in my 40s and have never ever been in trouble before, however, my attorney also tells me that I will most likely have to do 1 1/3 to 3 yrs despite the fact that I have repeatedly told him I didnt do it. At this point, restitution and probation seem to be a best case scenario I am hoping for....All of this said, I have been told that because this is not a violent crime, I would be able to get a Nursing license in NY state. The only information I can find about this issue on the net basically states that if the crime is drug or alcohol related or violent then a license would not be issued. Can anyone please tell me about whether my charges will prevent me from getting a nursing license? Thank you for your help!
sirI, MSN, APRN, NP
questions we seem to be encountering more and more often have to do with the effects of a criminal history on nursing licensure:
these are questions that the members of allnurses.com cannot answer. the only reliable source of information is your state board of nursing.
if you are currently licensed as a nurse and have been charged with or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor including dui/dwi or any criminal offense, you need to contact the bon in every state you hold a license/wish to be licensed and ask their reporting requirements.
if you are a nursing student or are interested in becoming a nurse you need to contact your bon and/or your school of nursing directly. you need to be completely candid with them as to the nature and disposition of the crimes. each board of nursing makes a determination on a case by case basis and some are willing to issue a declarative statement in advance.
the members of allnurses.com cannot predict whether your charges/conviction will be something that prevents you from becoming a nurses and/or being licensed. please stay in close contact with your board of nursing.
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