A couple of years ago, 1999 to be exact, I was arrested for a misdemeanor. Went thru the whole rigamaroll with nursing school, had to go thru the licensing board, etc. I got the go ahead that I could get licensed, thank god. Been a nurse for 2 years at the same place I worked as an extern while in school. If I was to change jobs, exactly how bad does it look to be...well a convict?
BY the way, my conviction was for drinving under suspension---not drinking and driving related---I failed to pay a ticket. Stupid, huh?
ANYONE OUT THERE WITH DUI'S? Just wondering.
Dec 28, '05
Badabinggirl, first of all, welcome to allnurses.com. It's been a wonderful resource for everything nursing related.
To answer your question, I do know of some nurses (not personally) who do have some prior convictions. However, if you do not have a felony on your record and you have contacted your state nursing board and everything is OK with them, meaning, you have been licensed, then I believe that everything is OK with employers.
If you are changing jobs, BE SURE that you tell HR of your past. They have ways of finding things like this out. You'll make it a lot easier on yourself and this will improve your chances of being hired.
I hope that this helps, and best of luck to you!!
Dec 28, '05
I am so glad to here from someone that has gone though what I am about to go through. I have 5 misdeameanor convictions from when I was a teenager. I am now 29 years old and have not been in any trouble since I was 19. In NY state when you have completed 3 semesters of the RN program you are eligable to sit for you LPN boards. I just (DEC 15) completed my 3rd semester so I am going to sit for my LPN boards. The entire reason I am sitting for the LPN boards is because I want to deal with the BON and my convictions ASAP. I graduate in May and I would love to have this all behind me. I am a nervous reck, do you have any advice? As of right now I dont know anything so any info you have would be of great help. Thanks in advance.
Dec 29, '05
I have a misdemeanor conviction for a stupid 28 dollar check that bounced back in 2003 sometime, that I didn't find out about until much later.
With a misdemeanor conviction, a person still should not have any trouble sitting for boards, unless it's a minor assault charge or something violent like that. Shouldn't have any trouble finding a job where good nurses are highly in-demand. However, I've applied for other jobs since I've been here and have not been hired. I sometimes wonder if it has anything to do with my conviction.
Dec 29, '05
I have two Domestic Violence Assault cases that were DISMISSED
Long story short - I am involved in a relationship with an abusive man and on a couple of the violent occassions when I called the police - my boyfriend convinced them that I should be arrested as well (punched himself in the face and said I did it, etc.)
Well, after 4 horrifying nights in jail and meeting with the DA - both of these cases against me were dismissed. However, they show up clear as day on my criminal record and I am very concerned about it.
I thought about having them "sealed" but have been warned that sealing records actually makes them look even more suspicious and like you are trying to hide something. It would show up like this: Domestic Violence Assault - Case No. 00-00-000 - Disposition: SEALED
So I don't know what to do. Hopefully, I will at least have a chance to explain my situation and not be automatically "disqualified" for a job as a nurse.
Dec 29, '05
oops. I posted twice - so I'll just delete this one....I think it's time for bed...
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