I am searching for some help - so I'm asking for your understanding. But first, a little background. In nursing school nursing was my passion; I had a 3.7 GPA, received scholarships
, did a summer internship, was to graduate a semester early, and became ACLS certified during my last semester. Then 5 days before I was to graduate I was notified that I failed a class (partly due to my cockiness, partly not). I was davestated! A year later I graduated with a BS in Nursing, but I never took the NCLEX. That was in 1996. Still, I became angry, frustrated, and overwelmed. To my shame and regret, I have been convected of spousal abuse (Class A misdemeanor). To my credit, I have received treatment and am proud to say that my family is safe from such behavior - the last explosion was 1.5 years. This is why I ask for your understanding and advice. I'd love to become an RN, but I need to take the NCLEX. I am wondering if my criminal background will prevent me from taking the NCLEX or becomnig an RN. Thank you for your input!
May 14, '03
"check with an attorney and see if you can get an expungment. This means that after so many years you can have your record erased. Some states have this others don't but it is worth looking into "
And the issue is not about being allowed to take the NCLEX. The issue is whether your past will prevent your state's BON from granting you an RN license. Each state makes its own rules. Passing the NCLEX does NOT mean your state will grant you an RN license.
If your state's BON will not grant you this license because of your legal record and you can not get the record expunged (or if that still would not be enough), then you have the choice between:
1) relocating to a state where this would not be an issue and getting licensed there, or
2) forgetting about becoming an RN and establishing another goal that is possible for you, given your situation.
Last edit by sjoe on May 14, '03