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BrendaA BrendaA (New) New

Hi I'm writing this in hopes of getting information as to what if any are my options. I have always dreamed of being an RN, but my plans got held back for many years and now at 41 I am somewhat close to doing so, Although in 2004 I made a horrible mistake by not reporting my income to my foodstamp case worker and because of that I received a felony in welfare fraud. This has been my greatest most horrible issue in my life. I made one lifetime mistake, only to be looked upon as a criminal. Anyhow I am almost in the process of applying for a nursing program and was wondering if anyone could give me some info as far as what is acceptable with BON in regards to felonies. I pray to God that I can get a second chance. Thanks =)

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

I think it probably depends on the situation. In Texas the background check is required at the BEGINNING of nursing school so that people do not finish school only to learn they will not be allowed to be licensed. Ask someone at the Board how to get a ruling on this ahead of time. Good luck.

You need to get in touch with your state's BON and present that question to them.

Even if they grant licenses to people with a felony on their record, most employers would not hire a felon. This is seen on the background check that most employers use.

Is it possible to get your record expunged?


Apparently this can't be expunged. I just don't want to have to pay for all fees for nothing.


I was hoping I didn't have to pay all fees for nothing.


Specializes in Oncology; medical specialty website.

You could try writing to your state representative/seantor and see if s/he could help you. If this happened a long time ago and you've kept your nose clean since then, you could tell the representative about your desire to become a nurse and help the people in your state, etc., etc., etc. It's a long shot, but it may work.


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