How do I write a personal letter to the Board?

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How do I write a personal letter to the Board?

Hello Nurse Beth,

My RN license is pending/on hold due to a misdemeanor of 23 years ago. I got all the court documents to submit to IDFPR. However, I'm stuck on the personal statement I need to submit to them. I don't know how long it should be or what exactly I should include in the statement. When I went to the courthouse, they couldn't find any charges under my name. Therefore, they gave me a paper which stated that they were not able to find any charges with the date in question and sealed it with the court sealed. I need some type direction on how I should write my statement.

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In 1981 I was charged with DUI. When I appeared I pled guilty and was granted a stay of sentencing and allowed to participate in an alcohol and drug safety action program.  Upon completion, I again appeared before the court and was found guilty of the reduced charge of reckless driving.

In 1998, when I applied for licensure with the WV BRN, the question was worded such that I was required to report the conviction.  Like you, when I contacted the court I was told that the record was only maintained for 10 years and the clerk of the court provided me a statement explaining such.  Which I submitted along with my personal statement.

I wouldn't concern myself with the length of the document.  I would ensure that is was an accurate and detailed accounting of the events, to include disposition by the court, what you learned, and, what you've done since then; emphasizing that you have had no further judicial intervention since.  And, most importantly, keep a copy of everything you submit as you will likely have to do this again if you apply for licensure in another state.

As this is a 23 year old misdemeanor, I suspect you'll have minimal difficulty.

Best wishes.

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Nurse Beth, MSN

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Dear Needs Direction,

Writing a personal statement for your RN license application when addressing a misdemeanor from 23 years ago is essential in demonstrating your readiness and suitability for licensure.

Please remember that your letter will be read by a real person who will decide whether or not to grant you a license. Therefore, creating a positive impression and conveying qualities like humility, honesty, remorse, and signs of rehabilitation in your letter is essential. The tone of your letter should be respectful and professional.

So, take the time to carefully craft your letter and make sure it reflects the best version of yourself.

Your letter should be no longer than two pages, preferably 1 page. Conciseness is more effective than verbosity. Additionally, format the letter according to their guidelines.

Have two other people independently proofread your letter for syntax and grammar.

Here's a guide on how to approach this personal statement:

Introduction. Begin with a concise and professional introduction. State your name, contact information, and the statement's purpose to address the past misdemeanor and provide context.

Provide Background Information. Describe the incident from 23 years ago that led to the misdemeanor charge. Be honest and transparent about the circumstances without going into unnecessary detail. It's OK to include the circumstances in your life that contributed to your choices without deflecting blame. People understand making a mistake, learning from it, and moving forward.

Do not blame anyone else for the incident- take responsibility for yourself. Do not minimize the event in any way, including the fact that your record can't be found. Explain the factual charges you faced at the time despite the court's failure to provide documents.  

The reader(s) will look for honesty, remorse,  and accountability in this portion.

Personal Growth and Rehabilitation. Focus on the positive changes and personal growth you have experienced since the incident. Discuss this incident in your distant past and how it was a turning point. Mention all your efforts to rehabilitate yourself, including court-ordered activities, and demonstrate your commitment to ethical behavior. You are not the same person as you were then.

The reader(s) will look for humility and personal insight in this portion

Educational and Professional Achievements. Briefly highlight your academic and professional achievements, especially those related to healthcare or nursing. Discuss any relevant coursework, certifications, or training you have completed. Show how you have prepared yourself for a career in nursing.

Character References. Include character references, such as colleagues, supervisors, or educators, who can vouch for your integrity, work ethic, and suitability for the nursing profession. Their endorsements can help bolster your case.

Commitment to Ethics and Patient Care. Emphasize your commitment to ethical conduct and patient safety. Describe how you plan to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and integrity in your nursing practice.

Conclusion. Conclude your statement by summarizing your readiness and suitability for licensure as an RN. Express your sincere desire to contribute positively to the nursing profession and provide quality patient care. Thank the Board.

Remember that the purpose of the personal statement is to provide a transparent and honest account of your past while demonstrating your readiness for licensure. Honesty, transparency, and evidence of personal growth and rehabilitation are key elements in crafting a compelling statement.

Very best wishes,

Nurse Beth


Specializes in Nurse Attorney.

It is very easy to make statements against your interest without realizing it.  Get advice from an attorney who represents nurses before the board in your state before submitting anything.


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Specializes in cardiac.

I ran in to similar. I got tagged because I didn't report a DUI 15 yrs ago..

 I've been a nurse for 22 years? I was going through a terrible divorce and sleeping in my car. That question even on a renewel needs to be reworded??? I know Thousands of nurses no one ever reports (a crime)? Why don't they do a background check on everyone every 2 yrs....95% of background checks go back 7 yrs??? Like her.. Im getting the "noose"! from BON

I wrote an attorney reviewed letter...They still want me in rehab...I havent drank a drop in over 8 years..



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