Every facility decides on its own security screening procedures. Those which I have considered excessively personal or simply too long, I just threw away and stopped exploring that position. Some facilities have very simple questionnaires and guidelines, essentially the cops do their own check up knowing little more than your drivers' license number, SS#, previous addresses, arrest and conviction record, and name.
One I threw away (from Reno, Nevada) wanted to know all the magazines to which I subscribed, and 15+ pages of other stuff that was none of their business and had nothing to do with security. The jail here in San Diego wants a lie detector test as well, if you can believe that. (Like the sheriff's department isn't able to do a competent background check themselves!)
I had nothing particularly to hide, had previously worked in corrections (as well as held a top secret crypto clearance with the military), but like your mother, consider some of this stuff to be an abuse of authority, disrespectful, and an invasion of my privacy rights.
So, these places let me know I wouldn't want to work there by their intrusive paperwork and inappropriate requests.
You'll have to come to your own conclusions and decision, knowing that your job choices narrow the more you stand up for yourself. But that is true in nursing, anyway, IMHO.