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LPN license with a felony charge


Specializes in LTC Geriatrics.

I need advice on what to do. I have court tomorrow and most likely I will have a felony charge (drug possession) against me as the first thing on my clean (not anymore) criminal background:confused:. Currently I have a LPN license. Anybody have any idea what my chances are for employment in the state of Illinois? I will begin the expungement process, but that takes about a year from what I hear before it all goes through. Any comments or advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

I know next to nothing about the legal process regarding a nursing license/drug posession charges. However, given the current climate of shortage of nursing positions, I would imagine that your chances of re-employment would be slim.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

questions we seem to be encountering more and more often have to do with the effects of a criminal history on nursing licensure:

  • is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a criminal history?
  • is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a dui or other related charges?
  • what happens if you are charged or convicted of a crime after licensure?
  • can i go to nursing school and/or be licensed if my record has been sealed or expunged?

these are questions that the members of http://www.allnurses.com cannot answer. the only reliable source of information is your state board of nursing.

please refer to this thread for other information:

nursing licensure with a criminal history


Specializes in Med-Surg, School Nurse. Has 9 years experience.

Would it help to go through a drug treatment program? I know of a few nurses (In Illinois)who were rehired after undergoing a program...I don't recall them having felony charges against them.

Do not quote me but a "charge" can be expunged in the State of Illinois. A felony conviction cannot.

People tend to misunderstand what the expunged process is. It is to clean your records of arrests, non-convictions in the State of Illinois. You can write to the Govenor after so many years and ask him to remove it from your record, but they rarely do as it makes them seem like they are soft on crimes.

Good luck and I hope no conviction happens.


Has 25 years experience.

what happen at court?

I have not had court yet to remove the arrest (Expunge). That takes about 6 months, but I am working on it.

I panicked for nothing. I sent the information they requested and the BON sent me my license. I am officially a LPN.

I still am going to get it Expunged as I hate having something like this on my record, but I am happy to say that I did NOT lie on any document ....what a relief!

Who knew an arrest would do all of this damage?

Thank you for your support. Now I am looking for a job.


Specializes in Nursing Assistant.

ShadowNurse How long did it take for you to receive you license once you sent out the required documents here in illinois?

After I sent in all of the required documents (which took a couple of weeks to get), I got my license within a few days (maybe about 7).

I will be sitting for my RN in a couple of months. Now will be the test if my expungement was actually completed. It is a very strange process, all done by mail.


Specializes in longterm/in home.

Does anybody in the state of Ohio,actively working as an LPN,have a past felony conviction?


Specializes in LTC currently. Has 2 years experience.

hi, dont sweat it. You will definitely find work with a background if you havent already. im here in illinois as well and i KNOW seven nurses who are LPN and RN's that have felonies. My ex girlfriend mother has been to prison twice with two counts of felony charges. she works in LTC as where most LPN's reside. she been working since 2001 with a background. The other nurses have a bit more severe record than this. you might have to do additional paperwork.....all in all you should be able to find work.


Specializes in longterm/in home.

Thank you for your response,too bad I don't live in Illinois,I live in Ohio and have been told something about House Bill 160 prohibiting convicted felons from working in LTC.I still haven't heard from anybody in Ohio working with a felony conviction.Illinois is looking real good!


Specializes in LTC currently. Has 2 years experience.

I wish u luck, i really do...healthcare needs to give convicted people a chance. we are only human and we all need to be given a second change. people do change.


Specializes in longterm/in home.

Yes we do change,all thestupid things I did when I was younger I wish I could take them back bu I cant and its now March and Itill dont have a job as a LPN,is it Ohio?

Did you find a job with the charges?