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  1. Hi. I'm a 39 year old businessman. I've been successful in business but want to make a career change that will allow me growth, satisfaction and some control of my own destiny. i have a friend who is a nurse practitioner and after speaking with her I've changed my mind from teaching to nursing. I'm gaining entry to a local nursing school for the 2 yr rn program. i have a criminal conviction for obstruction of justice, a non-violent and non-drug related case involving a former employer and their paperwork. It is a class d felony, just above a misdemeanor. i contacted my local nursing board in Maryland and was told they can't answer whether I'd get license until after completing nursing school. Anyone know of any other case like this or the right legal person to speak with to get the answer? I know this is an unusual one, but please help. If necessary, I'm willing to go to school and hope for the best. I think nursing is right for me and that i'd be a good nurse.
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  3. by   CRNAdreamweaver2b
    Wow. That's gotta be a tough one. On one hand, you can go through school and they let you practice. On the other hand, you can go through school only to be told you are not allowed to practice.

    It would seem that there should be a little more information or direction given to you by the board. Do they want to wait to see about your grades or if you "goof up" again (obviously you wouldn't)? Answers to these kinds of questions would at least lead you and give you some motivation. You appear to have been left floundering.

    Good luck and I hope there is someone who can give you answers.
  4. by   kathy_79
    what about if you could get advice from lawyer who is oriented in nursing law at your state? i think the state board or even school where you want to apply should give you any info or some kind of counseling available to you.
    i hope you find solution and if becoming a nurse is what you really want to do so fight for it. good luck,
  5. by   racerx65
    Quote from kathy_79
    what about if you could get advice from lawyer who is oriented in nursing law at your state? i think the state board or even school where you want to apply should give you any info or some kind of counseling available to you.
    i hope you find solution and if becoming a nurse is what you really want to do so fight for it. good luck,

    Great advice about getting help from the nursing school coordinator. At nearly 40 years old, being blessed with the wife and son I have, I can't think of a career that better matches the thumbprint I'd like to leave.
  6. by   chad75
    Thats the sort of BS I hate about some SBON's. Go to school for a couple years, get a few thousand dollars in debt, then we will decide if you qualify for a license...The board of nursing needs a "fair practice act" of its own.

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