Becoming a nurse with priors. - page 2

Hi.I'm a 31 year old male intrested in pursuing a nursing career but I have a couple prior misdemeanors on my record and wanted to know if I'm wasting my time by going to school and pursuing a job in... Read More

  1. by   Cherybaby
    [QUOTE=its1mc;3679278]Thanks for all the replies,there greatly appreciated.So I contacted the Fl DoN and they basically said that they cannot tell me before hand wheter or not my past will affect me.I basically have to take a course and when it goes to the DoN it will then be reviewed.Well this exactly what I didn't want to hear but what can you do?

    We must have posted at the same time!

    Didn't know you were in Florida! Go read my post and feel a WHOLE lot better for it! This is a GOOD thing!
  2. by   Stephanie K
    Based on the state you could try to get it expunged from your record. I know in Michigan they only allow 1 misdemeanor to be set aside as long as you don't have another other convicts of the same offense. Take a look to see what your state's policy is. Most of the time you don't need a lawyer for an expungement because it's just filling out a bunch of paperwork and sending it here then going there then... you get the picture right? For Michigan the paperwork and process was super tedious but worth it to have a clean record!
    Also, like others have said check with your school and state board to find out as well! Someone else mentioned that full disclosures are better then finding out after the fact SO true!!! If you don't disclose it in your application they can't fire you/not hire you because you lied on your application.

    Good luck with everything! It really sounds like you've got your heart in the right place!!!!
  3. by   WalkieTalkie
    I really wish that minor misdemeanors would be wiped from our records after a certain number of years. My cousin got caught with pot when he was 20. He's now 26, has completed all the requirements and has learned his lesson. Unfortunately, he is now having problems finding a job (he wants to be a teacher).
  4. by   c_beshore_rn
    I think you'll have to go through the hoops of getting paperwork that shows you've done some kind of rehab program. If the do SATOP or WIP in your area for DWI incidents that usually will suffice. Something that shows u got some help is what they usually require if its been in the last 2 years. If its 5-10 years old usually its not as difficult.
  5. by   closetoyou21
    Don't be discouraged.If nursing is your dream,go for it and do whatever you have to do.Yes, it may be hard,may take some work but I believe in you. Just the fact that you took the initiative to find out what you can do, just lets me know you'll be fine. In the end it will all be worth it!I will be praying.Everyone makes mistakes.I did hear a judge say that misdemeanors can be expunged,takes some work, but you can do it, it's up to you!A lot of time fear holds us back from doing what we need to. If you have to go through a lawyer, then do so.If you want anything in life you gotta push,it's always hard in the beginning.
  6. by   Silverdragon102
    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 MIP, 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?
    Will I be able to go to nursing school with a criminal record?
    What can happen if I receive a MIP/DUI/DWI or other charge while still in school?

    These are questions that the members of cannot answer. The only reliable source of information is your State Board of Nursing.

    Each case is dealt with on an individual case and you have received an answer from Florida BON.

    Closing this thread and moved to nursing with criminal history forum