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Okay, I talked to the admissions rep at my school about my DUI and if that would prevent me from going to school she said no but the Boards told me that they deal with things of that nature on a case by case basis. The admissions rep told me the nurse at the school said that the information from boards was correct but what they don't tell you is that you have to wait 10 years before actually getting a license to practice in Pennsylvania. I wanted to know if anyone else has had this similar situation happen to them and whether the ten year thing is true or not. I would hate to go through all of this and not get to practice in Pennsylvania. Its sad but my mistake is here to haunt me for the rest of my life. I am doing 100 percent better now than I was about 2 years ago and part of changing my life is going to school for nursing. Its what I really want to do with all my heart. Any advice you guys have for me would help.


jb2u, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU, ER, Hemodialysis. Has 5 years experience.

Two 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?

What happens if you are charged or convicted of a crime after licensure?

These are questions that can NOT be answered by the membership of allnurses. The ONLY reliable source of information is your State Board of Nursing.

Please refer to this thread for other information:

Nursing Licensure With A Criminal History

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