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So I'm a nurse and an activist. Before getting licensed I've engaged in illegal protests, actions, and demonstrations. I've been arrested for misdemeanor trespassing and several other incidents involving non violent civil disobedience. I am still very much involved in my activist communities but as someone with a lot of privilege I would like to engage in actions where I am potentially or definitely going to be arrested. Mind you all of the actions I engage in and intend to be arrested are all small misdemeanor charges. My record outside of activism is otherwise clean. I'm not interested in debating the ethics of political tactics or my choice to engage in illegal non violent forms of protest. I am interested in hearing from other nurses who are also very active and how this might impact my license. I will absolutely put my comfort and safety on the line to stand for what I feel is right, but I have more apprehension about putting my license on the line. Does the board typically care about politically motivated crimes? Any other activists out there I'd love to hear from you, especially experiences with the BON for political engagement.

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juniper222 has 2 years experience and specializes in Pre Nursing.

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Why not ask the BON? Each medical facility will likely respond differently to this. One concern of theirs might be that if you are arrested you can't show up to work. 

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When you renew your license the BON will ask have you been arrested or criminally charged with a crime? Depending on the state you are also required to report criminal activity as it occurs, including some misdemeanors.

Keep in mind if the BON doesn't hold you accountable your employer might. Other employers may also choose to not hire you because of your political activities citing your character as a concern. I'm not saying it's a just cause, I'm just saying be aware of your actions cause they can/may be used to against you by employers and/or the BON.

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I have known at least one nursing school graduate who was not allowed to test for licensing due to a moving traffic violation. In light of that, I don’t see how you can rest easy. Another example are those nurses who have been threatened to have their licenses pulled because they owe state income taxes. I think you are playing with fire if you are concerned about your license.

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juniper222 has 2 years experience and specializes in Pre Nursing.

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13 hours ago, caliotter3 said:

I have known at least one nursing school graduate who was not allowed to test for licensing due to a moving traffic violation. In light of that, I don’t see how you can rest easy. Another example are those nurses who have been threatened to have their licenses pulled because they owe state income taxes. I think you are playing with fire if you are concerned about your license.

I agree, in fact you should probably pick either nursing or activism but not both. 

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NRSKarenRN has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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BON will care at license renewal time- in most states you have to answer question: Have you been arrested or criminally charged with a crime? 

Yes answers will be flagged for review.   Section for explanation opens up on some renewal forms +/or request to submit documents to BON for review, which may hold up license renewal.  So gather together your documentation well in advance of renewal time.

AN's Ask An Attorney Lorie Brown RN, M.N, JD may provide more info.

https://allnurses.com/legal-advice-column-c224/

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