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Denied NCLEX-RN, can i still apply for CNA licensure?

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Hello all,

I just got a letter today from the BRN denying my application. The main reason was from a petty theft incident that occurred the summer before my final semester of AS nursing school. I know I am entirely at fault here, and have accepted that this denial is not gonna stop me from doing what I love.

I have chosen not to appeal the decision. I am not able to afford a lawyer and I do not wanna go through the process of appealing the decision, when the best result will end up with me in probation. I would rather wait one year and reapply.

However, in this next year I plan to do the most I can to show that I have changed even more. Firstly, I want to be able to get my CNA license and be able to work as a CNA so that I do not forget the knowledge that I have learned in nursing school. My main question is, can I still apply for CNA licensure even though I have been denied RN licensure?

I would say reach out to your state BON to see if that is allowed. I think it is going to be the same result because you are getting certified from the board but I can be wrong. Good luck!

I agree with this poster-you may have trouble being employed as a CNA with a criminal record. You'd probably fail/turn up a red flag on a background check.It would likely be worth the expense in the long run to hire an attorney-do the probation/whatever sentence and get your record expunged if possible.

Nurses are consistently rated as the most trustworthy of all professionals. It's a lesson that a person entering the nursing profession must have a pristine personal reputation at all times.

Good luck!

I have gotten the incident expunged through informal diversion. And I believe that CNA is a different department from the BON.

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

I have gotten the incident expunged through informal diversion. And I believe that CNA is a different department from the BON.

Expunged does not mean you don't have to answer 'yes' when asked about previous arrests and convictions. Failure to do so will cause you no end of trouble. And BON is Board of Nursing and in most states, CNA falls to the BON. And exactly what is 'informal diversion'?

Hey I'm getting ready to apply for the license with brn in December and want to have the proper paperwork to show rehabilitation any advice on what you did to show how you changed since your shoplifting case?