hi my name is tonya and i wanted to know if i would be able to become a nurse with a felony on my record. the crime was organized fraud and i plead nolo contndere(no contest) but adjudication was withheld and i have my civil rights. i heard that i would have to apply for my licensure then go in front of the fl board of nursing and they would decide. I am really scared of applying to nursing schools b/c of this. is there anyone out there with a similar situation or that can give me some positive reinforcement.
Jun 3, '04
Contact the board of nursing prior to starting school and get the true scoop from them.
Aug 8, '04
I have a friend who is a nurse and was able to obtain his license with a felony charge (drugs or something). He was first a nurse in NY and NJ and he had to jump threw a lot of hoops for Florida but was eventually licensed. Hope this helps.
Aug 8, '04
I remember specifically from a member of my school's nursing department that "if you don't have your civil rights then you can't take your boards." I would call the state board. Go straight to the source and get the right answer. I wouldn't depend on someone else to get this kind of info. It's way to important.
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