I would like to hear some personal experiences of nurses or nursing students who were allowed into nursing school even though they had past criminal records; or some opinions on what you think my chances are of being allowed to continue and complete clinicals.
I have been accepted to an RN program. I've been an LVN for 6 years. However, I have many years ago had some misdemeanor convictions. My most recent conviction was 12 years ago for misdemeanor burglary and I was also charged with under the influence of a controlled substance. I also had a possession charge 4 years before that (16 years ago). Before I took my NCLEX PN, I went to court and had my record expunged. I disclosed everything to the the VN board and submitted proof of expungement, letters of recommendation, and a personal letter explaining the circumstances and how I've changed my life. The board, with a warning, granted me my license. I have been clean and haven't been in trouble for 12 years and I have been working as a LVN for 6 years.
Now that hat I have been accepted to the RN program, they mentioned in the orientation that the hospitals will want a "more thorough" background check than the school did. In California, standard background checks go back 7 years, but the hospitals where we will do clinical rotations will pick up things the school didn't, pretty much everything. I decided to let the school know my story and I am waiting to hear back from the school as to what will happen next. I'm thinking it could mean that if the hospitals won't allow me there then I can't do clinicals, thus I wouldn't be able to continue. I have been losing my mind over this. Does anyone think I have a chance to get through this? Again, I haven't been in trouble for 12 years, expunged record, and have been working as an LVN for 6 years without restrictions. Btw I am in California. I would love to hear if anyone has any experiences or knows anyone with a similar situation who was allowed to continue.