hello carrie, thank you so much for your input !!! I also want to apply for nursing school in TN /UTK next year so your information is truly helpful to me. I also called TN bon and they did vague answer but they do say it is dealt with case by case and generally it wont prevent me from getting license. i am worred sick these days too . i am afraid if i finish all my study but cannot get licensing but it seems not bad for me.
I do not know you guys, but i was just arrested twice for violation of order of protection with my ex husband, he is ***whole and abuse me and set me all up, i do not want to explain in details but it all turned out that the judge dismissed me without any fine or community work and it is ACD dismissal so i am all free last year. but still i cannot deny the fact that i was arrested twice .....i am not sure if it is conviction or not . i believe it is not conviction because i was not convicted of anything...dismissal means no conviction , right ?
Also i have not yet told the school i wanted to apply for next year because i am afraid they will be judgemental on me and reject me whatsoever even though i do not think they should do so . so i will just wait...
Congratulation on your getting our license. you are so smart, graduate in may, passed test in June and get licensed in July. !!! THAT is fast !!! did you find a good job now? How is your job hunting going ? do you have any trouble with the employer background check? I do hope that you can achieve your dream and get rid of all this and start your job soon !!! wait for your good news!!! good luck to all of you !!!!
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As far as nursing school goes, I think they only go back so far. I am in TN and went to Cleveland State. I also have 2 convictions similar to yours that are over 7 years old. I had no problem getting into nursing school. The background check they did only went back 5 years. If anything does show up, I don't know how they handle it at that school, but it usually depends on the clinical sites.
As far as getting your license, as long as the convictions aren't felonies, I think you should be ok. I just graduated in May, took NCLEX in June, and got my license just last month. I had no problem. But you MUST disclose your convictions on your application to the BON. You will also have to get certified copies of the judgements and proof that you have completed all court requirements. You also have to write a letter stating why you were convicted. I did all of this, and I had no problem with the BON giving me a license. I was worried sick, and I called them as well before I started school, and they were also very vague with me. I think they just handle it on a case by case basis. I think the most important thing is not to lie about the convictions. They see lying worse than the actual convictions. Good luck.