Dumb stuff done in the past...sitting the NCLEX

  1. I hate to bother you with a question that may already on the boards, but....Are there disqualifiers that would prevent an individual from sitting the NCLEX? I want to get into nursing after I get out of the military, however I do have a police record. I do not have any felonies. I was honest and up-front with everything when I joined the military. I have now been in service for almost 4 years and currently hold a SECRET clearance. None of my offenses were of a violent nature, and offenses are over 5 years old. It will be at least another 1.5 years before I could even think about taking the NCLEX. I have not been able to get ahold of TNBON yet. I have numerous supervisors that have volunteered to write reference letters for me.

    Sorry for such a long post, but I will be returning to Middle TN soon and want to join the nursing community.

    The big problem is I don't want to spend the money to attend a nursing program then come to find out I can't even sit the NCLEX.

    Any advice is more than welcomed. Thank you.

    Very Respectfully,
    BStephens
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  3. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from bstephens
    The big problem is I don't want to spend the money to attend a nursing program then come to find out I can't even sit the NCLEX.

    Any advice is more than welcomed. Thank you.

    Very Respectfully,
    BStephens

    I have no clue! but wanted to say good luck! I would assume calling that state board anonymously would be your best bet.
  4. by   11:11
    As far as I know the crimes they are concerned about are crimes against persons in your care, against the elderly, and children-

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  5. by   Speculating
    Quote from bstephens
    I hate to bother you with a question that may already on the boards, but....Are there disqualifiers that would prevent an individual from sitting the NCLEX? I want to get into nursing after I get out of the military, however I do have a police record. I do not have any felonies. I was honest and up-front with everything when I joined the military. I have now been in service for almost 4 years and currently hold a SECRET clearance. None of my offenses were of a violent nature, and offenses are over 5 years old. It will be at least another 1.5 years before I could even think about taking the NCLEX. I have not been able to get ahold of TNBON yet. I have numerous supervisors that have volunteered to write reference letters for me.

    Sorry for such a long post, but I will be returning to Middle TN soon and want to join the nursing community.

    The big problem is I don't want to spend the money to attend a nursing program then come to find out I can't even sit the NCLEX.

    Any advice is more than welcomed. Thank you.

    Very Respectfully,
    BStephens


    I beleive as long as it wasn't a felony your fine
  6. by   whiteaustin
    Quote from Speculating
    I beleive as long as it wasn't a felony your fine
    Three weeks prior to graduating in december, one of my fellow classmates got caught shoplifting at walmart. He wrote a letter to the Georgia boards and explained to them how the nursing program had broke him and he had absolutely no money to spend on family for christmas. They excused him and he took the boards with the rest of us! I'm guessing honesty is still the best policy!
    On the other hand, we had a girl in our class (also in the last semester) that was at her boyfriends house when the cops raided his house and he was caught for manufacturing Meth. The authorities told this girl that she could clear her name if she would give them some information concering some other law-breaking, drug related citizens. She refused! How ignorant! (she didn't deserve the title of RN anyway) She called the state boards and explained to them the situation and they inturn told her that if she graduated with this on her record before getting it cleared, she would have to wait five years before taking the boards (if it got cleared). She never even showed up for finals!
    I also know of 3 people that had DUI's, they were allowed to take the boards.
    Good luck, we could definately use some more good male nurses!!!!!!
  7. by   bstephens
    I just wanted to thaank all of you who left a response in reguards to my question. I do sincerely appreciate your input.
  8. by   KrisRNwannabe
    Also, try getting a hold of a nursing program that you are interested in. we had background checks done and the chair of the nursing department reviewed the ones that came back with records to see if they could go on or not. with the long waitlists for schools they don't want someone to go through the program that can't sit for the boards. I know there was one girl that had some issues (not sure what) but they really went to bat for her with the BON. she ended up getting approved. good luck, hope things work out for you!!
    Kris
  9. by   Moscow
    Quote from whiteaustin
    Three weeks prior to graduating in december, one of my fellow classmates got caught shoplifting at walmart. He wrote a letter to the Georgia boards and explained to them how the nursing program had broke him and he had absolutely no money to spend on family for christmas. They excused him and he took the boards with the rest of us! I'm guessing honesty is still the best policy!
    On the other hand, we had a girl in our class (also in the last semester) that was at her boyfriends house when the cops raided his house and he was caught for manufacturing Meth. The authorities told this girl that she could clear her name if she would give them some information concering some other law-breaking, drug related citizens. She refused! How ignorant! (she didn't deserve the title of RN anyway) She called the state boards and explained to them the situation and they inturn told her that if she graduated with this on her record before getting it cleared, she would have to wait five years before taking the boards (if it got cleared). She never even showed up for finals!
    I also know of 3 people that had DUI's, they were allowed to take the boards.
    Good luck, we could definately use some more good male nurses!!!!!!
    If a person will drink and drive they are a risk. Not something to be encouraged with pilots and demolition engineers.

    Put five years into the equation between issue and contemporary circumstances and it is less of a risk.

    The police and drug dealers frequently use the same control techniques.

    I see no obvious reason to encourage them. If a police officer has to arm- twist the wife, girlfriend or kids he is no good and shouldn't be in uniform.

    If a cop can't do one significant drugs bust per week he is obviously too stupid to be worth his salary.
  10. by   keepkool79
    [QUOTE=whiteaustin] The authorities told this girl that she could clear her name if she would give them some information concering some other law-breaking, drug related citizens. She refused! How ignorant! (she didn't deserve the title of RN anyway)

    If you are that quick to judge, you don't deserve the title of RN. Where is the care and concern for your classmates?
    Last edit by keepkool79 on Mar 5, '05 : Reason: mistake
  11. by   reevescw
    Each state is different... check with the TN nursing board. Michigans application form has a checkbox asking if you have a midemeanor history which must be checked properly or they will ban you for lying. I had a misdemeanor traffic violation, and it slowed the process down, but I was allowed to take the test and pass. Best advice, be honest, and call them.

    Good luck!

    Quote from bstephens
    I hate to bother you with a question that may already on the boards, but....Are there disqualifiers that would prevent an individual from sitting the NCLEX? I want to get into nursing after I get out of the military, however I do have a police record. I do not have any felonies. I was honest and up-front with everything when I joined the military. I have now been in service for almost 4 years and currently hold a SECRET clearance. None of my offenses were of a violent nature, and offenses are over 5 years old. It will be at least another 1.5 years before I could even think about taking the NCLEX. I have not been able to get ahold of TNBON yet. I have numerous supervisors that have volunteered to write reference letters for me.

    Sorry for such a long post, but I will be returning to Middle TN soon and want to join the nursing community.

    The big problem is I don't want to spend the money to attend a nursing program then come to find out I can't even sit the NCLEX.

    Any advice is more than welcomed. Thank you.

    Very Respectfully,
    BStephens
  12. by   bugsyrodrn
    valid concers...i would check with where you want to go to school and let them be the liason between you and the state board. The school you want to go to might very well perform their own background checks and might be able to advise you on what will and will not fly with your state board of nursing--they might also be able to help/advise you about what to do and how to clear things up... good luck!
  13. by   Katmease
    Quote from Moscow

    The police and drug dealers frequently use the same control techniques.

    I see no obvious reason to encourage them. If a police officer has to arm- twist the wife, girlfriend or kids he is no good and shouldn't be in uniform.

    If a cop can't do one significant drugs bust per week he is obviously too stupid to be worth his salary.
    Obviously you've never been a police officer. It's not arm-twisting to offer to deal for information, it's a tool. Since you are into making comments about one's stupidity, it's stupid to make a statement about drug busts if you have never done the job.
  14. by   nursetim
    AMEN KATMEASE

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