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Nursing with misdemeanor assault charge

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by hillary99 hillary99 (New) New Student

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Hello all,

   I am currently a nursing student set to start my clinicals in the fall. I do have a criminal background. I was wondering if anyone here has run into trouble doing clinicals. I call the coordinators at my school and much to my surprise she just told me to wait the 7 years, which is how far back employers look at your background. I did not want to accept this as I have worked extremely hard to get to where I am now. I am freaking out. I have called the area hospitals and they all have told me to talk to me, clinical coordinators. Has anyone here dealt with a similar situation or something close to it? This is going to make me lose my mind. I have made some less than desirable choices but I refuse to let them stand in my way.

Thanks 

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llg has 43 years experience as a PhD, RN and specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

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I work with this issue within the hospital where I work.   We make decisions based on specific cases -- and each review case separately.   Be prepared to submit the court records and discuss the details of your case with any and all clinical facilities you will visit as a student.   Be prepared to show that you have changed since the time of your incident.   Be prepared to discuss what you will do to be sure nothing like that ever happens again, etc.

Ask your school what will happen if any of those facilities decide not to let you come to their facility.  Are there alternatives you can explore?   It would be a shame to get half-way through school and then run into a facility that will not accept you as a student -- and have to drop out of school after you have made that big investment.   That may be what the school adviser was trying to help you avoid.

Good luck.

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On 12/16/2019 at 4:19 PM, llg said:

I work with this issue within the hospital where I work.   We make decisions based on specific cases -- and each review case separately.   Be prepared to submit the court records and discuss the details of your case with any and all clinical facilities you will visit as a student.   Be prepared to show that you have changed since the time of your incident.   Be prepared to discuss what you will do to be sure nothing like that ever happens again, etc.

Ask your school what will happen if any of those facilities decide not to let you come to their facility.  Are there alternatives you can explore?   It would be a shame to get half-way through school and then run into a facility that will not accept you as a student -- and have to drop out of school after you have made that big investment.   That may be what the school adviser was trying to help you avoid.

Good luck.

Just a little bit more information I was technically not convicted of anything as it resulted in probation before judgment. I am not sure if this makes a difference or not. 

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llg has 43 years experience as a PhD, RN and specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

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20 hours ago, hillary99 said:

Just a little bit more information I was technically not convicted of anything as it resulted in probation before judgment. I am not sure if this makes a difference or not. 

I'm assuming that in order to receive probation as a sentence, you must have pleaded guilty to something.  Pleading guilty is the same as a conviction.   While it may help your situation that you admitted to wrong-doing and took responsibility for it by accepting the sentence (probation), it probably won't effect the process any.   If it appears in a criminal background check, you'll need to be prepared to supply any and all court records about the incident, discuss it with clinical facilities, etc.

Depending on the details, the clinical facilities may or may not decide to allow you to come there as an employee or student.   Each facility will conduct its own review and make its own decision.

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KCMnurse has 36 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in Educator.

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Each location that you would be assigned to has the option to pick, choose and refuse the students that are able to work in their facilities. Charges that involve violence or aggression can be particularly difficult to overcome as you will be working with vulnerable people. Doing your research by checking with the clinical sites ahead of time may be useful but nothing is guaranteed. You may be safer waiting but also understand that the 7-year rule will not apply for the BON that will ultimately decide if you are eligible to obtain your license. 

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You may be looking at a situation of not being able to obtain licensure as a nurse.  Schools will allow you to enroll but cannot predict the BON position of granting a license.

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