Published Jul 16, 2005
Even if your record has been expunged, does this mean that you still have to tell the truth in regards to your conviction, no matter what, and should I tell my nursing school that I did have a record first?
UM Review RN, ASN, RN
That's a good question. I'll be looking forward to the answer, but frankly I think it wouldn't hurt to email your BON and ask them.
I agree that I would write a letter to the BON, but as I have researched, expunction is equal to it not happening. If they should find something on your record, you send a copy of the letter that you get with the expunction.
We were told, yes, you must address EVERYTHING.
We were also told that you need to still tell even though it was expunged. They could still find it on a background check. All of the recruiters said that it was better for you to tell then for them to find it on their own and you had lied on an application. I am sure the same would apply to the BON.
This is why the OP should contact your state BON, because only they can tell them the correct answer for their state.
What is the OP, and how would I find out about the BON, or where would I find it.
traumaRUs, MSN, APRN
OP = original poster. BON - board of nursing. This is an organization (sometimes under the state board of health) that governs licenses for healthcare professionals. In each state, the rules may be slightly different which is why it is important for you to find out the rules in your state.
I appreciate your reply, and yes I will check into this problem, do you believe that other nurses, and the board of nursing looks down on people who have had a criminal past before?
There would be no reason for other people to know, and no, I don't believe they look down upon people with a not "clean" past, as long as you prove that you are a different person!
In most cases, ESPECIALLY if it was expunged (that is, legally, it's "ERASED" from your record so that you can have a clean record again), my States BON will license with no problem.
It also depends on the offense. If it was a violent offense, sometimes they will have to have a hearing, or at least that is what I read on my BON website!
Good luck, it will all be fine.
wonderbee, BSN, RN
I would be very surprised if the BON's answer was anything other than yes, you need to tell us. I'd run a police background check on myself and see what comes up, or consult with a criminal lawyer before I opened up that can of worms for the BON to see. It might cost a couple hundred bucks but well worth the expense.
I had the same problem and question. The BON does a background check with the State Police Department from wherever you live. When I called the State Police here in Michigan they told me that most licensing boards check with them for records, and if your record was expunged then it's a closed record and the BON can't even view it, it's like it never happened. So the State police officer told me I don't even have to address it. I was told this also by the Nursing Director at Henry Ford Community College. Once your record is expunged, no one can see it, not even your finger prints are viewable, there will be NO record!
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