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I'm sorry, I meant that there are 6 states in the US that are said to not run an FBI background check.
I know there are a few states that do not require a background check in order to receive a license. I currently live in CA and since my misdemeanor is recent, I know my hopes of working in CA are lost now. I'm already in my last year of nursing school so dropping out is not an option. I love what I do and it's worth it for me to take the risk of not being licensed to pursue my dreams.
So my thought process is this.....There are 6 states in CA that do not conduct background checks to obtain a license. Is it more favorable, if I get licensed in one of these states, work for a few years, then ask for license through endorsement with CA once 5+ years has past since my last conviction? Does anyone know if license through endorsement (as opposed through exam) would be easier when going through enforcement? (Since the BRN-CA will see that you've been working as a nurse for some time and have not gotten into any trouble since.
Any advice would be greatly appreciate!
Hello everyone! So I'm going to ask a question that I'm sure many of us want to know. I have made mistakes in my past and I'm getting ready to graduate soon. As many of you know, the pursuit of a nursing career with a criminal background is an ongoing uphill battle. First, you need to pass a background check to get into the program. Second, you've gotta make sure the clinical site allows you to practice there (otherwise you're out of the program). Third, you've gotta get licensed, and IMO only a restricted one is worth it to accept (a probationary license mostly means no employer will touch you and you will have your record make public when anyone looks up your nursing license). Lastly, even if you get licensed somehow, you've got to find a hospital willing to hire you.
So I've got 2 questions for everyone:
1. Which state is more "lax" in giving unrestricted licenses to those who have prior convictions? I have 2 misdemeanors in my past, 1 of which is more recent =(
2. Which state is more "lax" in hiring nurses with a prior conviction?
Right now, I know there are 6 states that do not do criminal background checks for nursing license- Colorado, Wisconsin, Hawaii, New York, New Hampshire, and Maine. So that will be helpful in receiving a license, but anyone heard about how difficult it is to actually get a job in these states???
Thank you Nurse Beth, this was very informative. Will be sharing!
Yes TramaRUS, I agree. It was just hard to sort with all the noise/attention seekers in this thread.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what schools that place more emphasis on prerequisites? I'm willing to move if that's what it takes.
Thank you again and I wish you nothing but the best as well.
You should've stopped & not made the 10% comment.
Making such a bold statement when you're not in nursing school says a lot. It was just ironic that the only one backing you up wasn't a nurse & all the other nurses had other things to say, hmmm?
You may not take it rude & you are the only one. Because to me she is saying well why bother say men or people because there aren't enough men working in the profession any way. I find it funny the one person sticking up for the OP isn't even a nurse.
I am not saying that OP's responses have been stellar, BUT certainly those latter comments would not have transpired had the conversation been stopped with OP's "apology." I do NOT think that VANurse2010's comment was rude, however it is a personal comment towards the OP which can easily be misinterpreted, which is why I understand (not condone) the reaction. When you make things personal, don't be surprised if you're met with resistance/retaliation.
Communication online is completely different from communication in person. So to say that OP is lacking interpersonal skills is far fetched, especially since one can not judge that from this thread post alone. You have no idea how OP behaves with others in person, so stop making personal "attacks" on OP and you won't get any negativity in response.
Thank you for your comment and suggestions.
And I didn't mean anything by the word "ladies". Was just being friendly. Men make up less than 10 percent of the field.
I'm not sure why some people are taking the "ladies" comment so seriously. Learn to sort through political incorrectness, grammatical/syntax errors, etc and just answer the OP's question. OP is asking for advice, yet others are choosing to hijack his thread and go off tangent on a minor detail that is irrelevant to the topic entirely. I'm a female and was not offended by the statement. Why? Because MANY people say "you guys," and I choose to interpret that as an all inclusive statement, rather than to take things personally.
To the OP, if you have a prior bachelors, I think it would be best to choose an accelerated BSN route then get your Master's at a later time (the master's program may only look at your BSN GPA, but you will have to contact programs directly to get the most accurate information). If you go for an entry level's master's program now directly, they will look at your undergrad GPA which seems too low to get accepted. Otherwise, you can go the ADN route, then apply to a bridge program from ADN-MSN (those programs aren't as plentiful, but they're out there). Going ADN--BSN--MSN is too long of a process, and you're correct, NOT efficient.
No body know here how works the endorsement in Florida
I do realize that this thread is pretty old but I figured it wouldn't hurt to try. I am a student who was dismissed from my nursing program during my senior semester, so that means most of my BSN required courses are already completed. I am looking for a school that will give me credit for some of my classes, so that I will not have to start all over. I have already submitted my application online, and have not yet sent in my official transcripts or course descriptions. I was interested in joining in November, however with the lackadaisical approach from admissions, I'm sure that may be a struggle. I am simply looking for a school where I can get in, get my degree, and get out. Does anyone know of any cases where people have been admitted to La Inter and were given credit for the nursing theory they have taken at other programs? And for someone in my case, which trimester does the transfer student usually start in? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Congratulations OP! Thank you for sharing your success story and inspiring me to pursue my dream despite the obstacles in my way. You are a true testament that when one path becomes closed, you find another route to get to your end goal =)
I know that this probably won't be what you want to hear, but this is the experience of a friend of mine. She had a similar issue, failed in first semester of her senior year when we did our BSN together. She applied to every school in Michigan, and never got accepted. The reason: none of them would take transfer credit, especially since she had flunked out. Schools have statistics on how many students successfully complete their programs and successfully pass NCLEX. Since she had failed a class, this was high probability (in the admission committee's minds) that it would happen again in a different program. The only school that conditionally accepted her said that she would need to start over, and that was if she could pass an extra pre-req to their program that we didn't have to take. She ended up going to an ADN program in a different state. That is the last I ever heard from her.
My advice is don't give up regardless. If you really want to be a nurse, you'll get there. Keep trying to find a program that will take transfer, but if they don't, at least find one that will give you a second shot. Prove to the admissions committee that you deserve a second chance.
Dan, RN, MSN, NP-S
Of course, I know that the school needs to make money as well. I am only looking for schools that will give me SOME credits for ANY core nursing classes I have taken so that I don't start all over from the beginning. I've done extensive browsing on this site so I know this is going to be a VERY difficult task. I also know that I will have to make numerous phone calls to see which nursing program will accept my nursing credits, and only the director will have the answer for me.
What I want to know is, has anyone out there been successful at finding a school that will accept some of the nursing classes previously taken from another program? If so, which schools did you attend? Thank you in advance for the responses.
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