I am a nursing student currently
yay. Anyway in 01 or 02 (can barely remember now) I was convicted of a misdemeanor. I was caught shoplifting at a Meijers, a CD or something. I was stupid and 20ish. Last fall before I entered nursing school I had my conviction expunged.
Lately I have been worrying that I may not get my liscense bc of that one stupid mistake. I called the OHio BON and asked them if I had had my conviction expunged was I still required to check "yes" on the NCLEX (state boards) and If this conviction would stop me from being a nurse.
This was her response: You absolutely MUST check "yes" for the state boards even if it has been expunged. She says that the board does a different criminal background check than most, its an FBI check, that way they can see convictions even if they have been expunged, therefore if you lie that does not make the board happy.
We all make mistakes and she relayed to me in so many words that as long as I have not had any other convictions that I should be fine. Keep in mind that violece against ppl and children are considered misdemeanors, (assult etc) also some drug convictions are considered misdemeanors!! My personal thought is that when asked that question, "have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanoR?" they are really looking for cases such as abuse, child abuse, sexual misconduct, drugs, etc.
Another thing to think about
: I know of many nurses that have had drug charges and things far worse than shoplifting and they have never had a problem! Just remember, if you get in trouble after you are liscenced that I have heard is a bigger problem not as much what you did before you were liscneced.
Thanks all for listening, any responses are welcomed! GOOD LUCK ALL!
<3nurse to be