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Criteria for becoming an RN?? Help!Opinions needed

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by laura575 laura575 (New Member) New Member

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Hi, all...

Finally decided what my calling is, and I'm considering all the options - I'd like to become an RN then get my MSN to become a Nurse Practitioner through a part-time program while working. I currently hold a BA degree, but am hoping that I can get credit for courses already completed (general studies).

Here's the clincher- back in 2002, I had a deferred sentence for a DUI, and in 2005, I got a negligent driving charge. I haven't so much as had a parking ticket since then, and nothing in between.

Can I still become an RN in Washington?? If not, any opinions on getting licensed in Oregon or California???

Thanks!!

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I would recommend that you call the WA BON to ask them directly. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't accept an answer from anyone else! And if you can, get the answer in writing.

Good luck!

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saftman22 is a BSN, RN and specializes in ER, Occ Health.

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I know when you apply for a license they ask about DUI and drug convictions. I am not sure if that specifically excludes you though. I think as long as you can explain the circumstances to their satisfaction the BON decides on a case by case basis. You can go to the WA State Department of Health Website and get all of that information. The website is http://www.doh.wa.gov and there is a button to take you to the Nursing Quality Care Commmision page which governs Nursing in WA. Hope this helps.

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