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Crimminal History Question

Hlokty33 Hlokty33 (New) New

I was under the belief that if a person is arrested and of course fingerprinted this information is automatically sent to the board of nursing. I just wanted to make sure I was correct in this belief? If anyone knows I would appreciate an answer. Thanks.

WalkieTalkie, RN

Specializes in CVICU.

No, but you need to notify the board for any convictions. Otherwise when they find out, the punishment will be a lot worse than if you come forward to begin with.

rjflyn, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency. Has 23 years experience.

The answer actually varies from state to state for example Florida's nurse license application asks:

"Have you EVER been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty, nolo contendere, or no contest to, a crime in any jurisdiction other than a minor traffic offense?".....

And then wants an explanation.

Michigan asks 1) have you been convicted of a felony

2) Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor punishable by maximum term of 2 years

3)Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor involving the delivery, possession, or use of alcohol

or a controlled substance ( including motor vehicle convictions).......

Again they ask for explanation

Neither asks if you have been arrested.

The best answer would be to write the board for clarification.

It is against the Terms of Service to discuss legal matters on this board. Why? Because situations that threaten your nursing license (or ability to obtain a license) are too important for you to rely on the opinions of even the most well-meaning posters, because every state Board of Nursing is different, and because you do not want your "details" out there for all to see.

The best route is to contact your state's BON via phone or website. You can ask your questions in a general way if you aren't sure what your options are.

I hope you get the answers you need.

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