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NY- Am I in the clear?

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by Bee52 Bee52 (New) New Nurse

Bee52 has 1 years experience .

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Hi all, 

So I recently graduated from an ADN program, and when we received our NCLEX applications my heart sank.  I struggled with addiction in my younger years, and have two misdemeanor convictions from 2008  and 2010.  I spent countless nights on these message boards looking for a hope shot that all my hard work wouldn’t be for nothing.  I met with an attorney, wrote a letter explaining my background and crossed my fingers.  I passed the NCLEX on 2/6, and figured I would have to wait awhile, possibly have a hearing in front of the BON.  Tonight I randomly decided to plug my name in the license lookup and it popped up WITH A LICENSE NUMBER.  I feel like this can’t be right as I just sat for the exam a few weeks ago!  Can I start applying to hospitals? 

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

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Sounds like you are good to go! You should also receive notification in the mail along with your license. You can also call the BON to verify your license. 

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TriciaJ has 39 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

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Anything else popped up when you checked your license number?  You should be able to see what is shown to a prospective employer.

Was it to the BON that you wrote your letter?  If you've disclosed everything to the BON and they granted you a license, then yes, you should be free to start applying for jobs.  Bear in mind, employers usually want to run their own background check and will often require a UA.  You might want to check out what comes up for you on a background check.

Otherwise, congratulations and good luck!

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