Can someone please give me some advice.
I am in my second semester in the ADN program. We are doing our clinicals at VA Medical Center, and we had to get fingerprinted.
Mine came back (dirty I guess). And I was locked up and (I guess) convicted when I was 18 years old. I am now 27. I am so stressed. My instructors told me that VA is not going to allow me to do my clinicals there, and I will be forced to drop that class, as well as my ohter classes.
So is this really the end for me? I don't know what to do. I have been in school for 3 years, and I will not sit back and accept this as a waste of my time....if I can get some advice.
I have burned a whole tank of gas today driving from one police district to another.
I didn't think it was all that serious. It was a misdemeanor.
I don't wanna say too much. ANy advice?
Feb 10, '05
I believe that people can turn their lives around, and I'm certainly not the same person that I was at 18.
Having said that, however, I'm a little puzzled by a few things ...
1) You "guess" you were convicted? You don't know? This kinda seems like a big deal, not a minor detail that might have slipped your mind, KWIM? Have you applied for & gotten jobs since that time?
2) Did your school not run a criminal history check, or require you to obtain one, or at least advise on their application that there are circumstances that preclude licensure as a nurse in your state?
3) As soon as you were told about the fingerprint check, did it not occur to you that this would be a problem? You waited for the check to come back and were suprised at the results?
Unfortunately, unless your record is somehow inaccurate, I sincerely doubt that an exception will be made for you.
My school's application quotes the regulations from the state board of nursing - unless 10 years has elapsed since a felony conviction or any conviction involving drugs or alcohol, it's very unlikely that a person with any of those convictions can be licensed in PA. Individual hospitals used as clinical sites may have additional requirements as well, and nursing programs have no control over those.
Last edit by Altra on Feb 10, '05