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  1. Carl Winslow

    USI PMHNP program

    how competitive is this program to get into?
  2. I'm very interested in this program. could past or current students comment on how competitive this program is? what was your cumulative gpa (not just bsn gpa), what was your BSN gpa, and how much experience did you have before getting accepted? thanks for the replies!
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    USI PMHNP 2019

    I'm very interested in USI PMHNP program, how competitive is this school? what were your cumulative (not just bsn) gpas and experience for those that got accepted? also, do they just look at cumulative or do they focus more on bsn gpa, science, math etc? thanks.
  4. So long story short: I have two old duis (2006 and 2008) from when I was a dumb 19 and 22 year old. I went through this ridiculous song and dance when applying for my california rn license. Jumped through all the hoops, put up with the ca brn waiting game, sent letters, etc etc. They eventually granted me an unrestricted license and I've been practicing as an RN without issue ever since. Now my question is this: the NPapplication asks for the SAME information, Is this going to come back and haunt me? AGAIN? despite being given an unrestricted license and practicing as a safe and competent nurse all this time? Will it take as long? ( I had to wait like a year start to finish before sitting for nclex the first time?) Or will it be quicker because this is old news and they can already see my old files application and outcome etc? 
  5. So long story short: I have two old duis (2006 and 2008) from when I was a dumb 19 and 22 year old. I went through this ridiculous song and dance when applying for my california rn license. Jumped through all the hoops, put up with the ca brn waiting game, sent letters, etc etc. They eventually granted me an unrestricted license and I've been practicing as an RN without issue ever since. Now my question is this: the NP application asks for the SAME information, Is this going to come back and haunt me? AGAIN? despite being given an unrestricted license and practicing as a safe and competent nurse all this time? Will it take as long? ( I had to wait like a year start to finish before sitting for nclex the first time?) Or will it be quicker because this is old news and they can already see my old files application and outcome etc? Please only respond if you're a practitioner or other APN. Thanks!
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    NCLEX and licensing with 2 OLD DUI's

    So judgement day finally arrived. Was allowed to sit for NCLEX, passed in 75 questions first try, and was granted an unrestricted license in California with 2 DUIs. Granted it took about a year and 2 months since I graduated, but I'll take it! Next step is NP school. If you're in the crappy situation that I was in, don't give up and press on, you will become a nurse!
  7. A brief background story: 32 years old. Graduated with BSN last January. Had 2 prior DUIs from when I was 19 and 22 years old. Both misdemeanors both expunged. I have been battling the BRN for a good 7 months. Got an attorney sent in everything under the sun. FINALLY get a letter saying I'm eligible to take NCLEX. Is this the end of this nightmare? I would think so, but I have been hearing that the board can still deny you even after you pass the nclex. Has this happened to anyone? Specifically in California. I know in other states they let you take the nclex almost immediately THEN begin the investigation process if you have a criminal history or omitted information from application. In these scenarios it would make sense to get denied after taking NCLEX, but not in California. People get denial letters denying them the chance to sit for the NCLEX all the time, so one would think since I received the polar opposite of said letter that I would be in the clear, right? Again just to reiterate, I was upfront with everything, hid nothing, sent in ever document they have requested over the last 7 months. Why would they allow me to take the test and THEN crush my dreams, ambition, and the general will to get out of bed every morning? Wouldn't they just send me a denial letter with information how to appeal it and/or the option to enter a stipulated agreement with restrictions right out the gate? Thanks1
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    NCLEX and licensing with 2 OLD DUI's

    Edit: Apparently it is still too soon to celebrate. Apparently they can still deny/give restrictions even AFTER you take the NCLEX. I thought this was the end of the road, but there could still be some unwelcome surprises up ahead. I will update as soon as I can.
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    NCLEX and licensing with 2 OLD DUI's

    So, I have not posted here for quite some time. I have had my head buried in the sand since graduation (January 2017) and have been scared/stressed to death. But here's the update...I was given the ok to test. All of this is behind me. It took about 6 months from start to finish but this nightmare is behind me now, I just need to pass the boards and I can finally begin my life!!! If you're new to this thread, my background was as checkered as they come. I had 2 past DUIs. One when I was 19 and another when I was 22; I am 32 now. Both misdemeanors. Here's what I did or what I feel helped me: I hired an attorney, based out of Sacramento Ca (Where the Ca BRN resides) and who deals with Ca state licensing. It was about 2,500. I got them both expunged.~3,000 for both. I got excellent character reference letters. I went to an "addiction specialist" who was great and about 1,200. Ask for a fitness for work evaluation. The report was about 10 pages long and very thorough. There was SUBSTANTIAL time between my last DUI and when I applied. I feel like this helped immensely. Both were misdemeanors. I never gave up hope. This was the hardest part. But after the smoke cleared, I am a new man. I feel 10,000 lbs lighter. I can put all of this behind me now. Please don't give up on your dreams of becoming a nurse, practioner, CRNA, or whatever else you would pursue in life. Never give up even when it feels impossible. Keep pushing and never look back; you're not going that direction. Feel free to inbox me or post here if you have any questions as I know first hand how uncertain and impossible all of this can feel.
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    Application denied by California BRN

    Please keep us updated with this! This sounds like wonderful news and it's about damn time!
  11. Carl Winslow

    My Two Cents When Applying to California with a Criminal History

    Yeah you can go to school here, graduate here, then apply to which ever states you want when you take the NCLEX. It's the same test regardless of the state, you just pay a fee to apply to the states you want. Look into each of the state boards, but from what I have heard, Nevada is relatively easy to get licensed in. Nevada only asks about CONVICTIONS, so, technically since it has been expunged, you were never convicted. But I would call to double check on that. I know that when you are applying for jobs and they ask about convictions, you can legally say no, I don't know if state boards function the same way. I'd call and ask to make sure. Basically, every other state will be easier than California. I would call the states you are interested in and ask if you have to disclose expunged/sealed records. Even if they say yes, odds are you will still be fine granted enough time has passed and they weren't felonies. Most states are looking for recent charges and particular types of crimes like drug abuse, theft or distribution of narcotics, abuse, elderly abuse, child abuse/endangerment/neglect, things that ACTUALLY relate to the nursing profession. Like I said, this is just my opinion and I'm going to apply to the states that I KNOW don't require me to disclose expunged records or that only care about felonies and recent charges. Wish I had a more definitive answer for you, but each state is different. Though you would be hard pressed to find one more difficult than California. Best of luck!
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    My Two Cents When Applying to California with a Criminal History

    Congrats on your success story! How long did you have to wait to be able to test and hear back from the board? Did they deny you initially then had you send in your paper work and mitigating evidence? And did you get a lawyer? As I mentioned in my initial post, every case is done on a case by case basis. What worked for you may not be the case for someone else. From what I have gathered, for every success story, there are about 20 people who get screwed. And if you were denied initially, that stays with you forever. Also, if you had to wait an adequate amount of time to be able to test, this is also not worth it IMO. Naturally there is every possibility that someone can apply to the CA BRN and be approved without issue; however, it is a gamble. There are no set rules or guidelines that can accurately determine if you will or wont be granted a license; it is all in the hands of the board and the only way you can find out is by applying. One person may have a DUI and get the green light, another with the same circumstances will be stopped, denied, and put on probation, effectively ruining his/her career. This is the issue and this was my main reason for posting this topic. As I stated, these were my personal opinions, and I for one do not like to gamble with my future or my career. I just wanted to inform others that there are numerous states that you can apply to and have a 100% chance of getting an unrestricted license. Being on probation is for all intense and purposes career suicide and it is an awful experience. Applying to the CA BRN is a coin flip almost. For me, if there is even a 10% chance that I will be put on probation, I'm not doing it. My circumstances are also different than yours: I have TWO DUIs. I highly doubt the CA BRN is going to let me skate by. And in the event that I am granted an unrestricted license, the BRN has told me that it may take between 8 months and 2 years to reach a conclusion. Getting a license a year or two AFTER graduation is also not worth it to me. So, I just wanted others to know about their options. As wonderful as it is to hear your success story, there is no way I am going to chance it with California. The person I spoke to from the BRN said that the safest bet would be to work in another state, then apply for endorsement to CA a few years down the road. This way even if I am denied, it will not affect any of my current state licenses.
  13. Like every single one of you looking at this thread, I have been stressed out, worried, and have had this lingering feeling of doom hanging over my head. Are my dreams destroyed? Did I waste all of my time doing this for nothing? Is that thing I did when I was 19 or 20 years old really going to keep me from getting my license in California? Well, here are my thoughts. And again, this is just MY opinion. Are you dreams of being an RN in California destroyed? Well, I hate to say it, but probably so. But again, this depends on how far you want to go with nursing and what type of nursing you want to do. If you don't mind paying 15 thousand dollars to meet the probation requirements, being monitored and having your hand held like a baby, having negative remarks permanently branded on your license, waiting up to TWO YEARS AFTER graduation to get a RESTRICTED license, don't mind the very real possibility of being unemployed for a very long time, and taking the jobs that no one else wants, then read no further; this thread is not for you. But for the rest of you, who want to start your career without all of this bull crap, continue reading. We all know by now that getting SOME sort of license is very doable...but is it worth it? UNLESS you have a job lined up and they have no problem hiring you while you are on probation, and you don't mind the negative remarks and the three year sentence, then NO, it is ABSOLUTELY not worth it. At all. Unless you are one of the few who have an in with someone, you might as well throw your BSN in the garbage, because the inconvenient truth is that MOST hiring managers will toss your application in the trash the second they find out you have a restricted license. That's the cold hard truth of it all. And to get off probation, you have to be EMPLOYED. And just to remind you, the BRN examines everything on a case by case basis. I'm sure you've read or heard of a student nurse with a misdemeanor or a dui getting their unrestricted license. Sure. This happens. After about a year to two years. And most of these students have hired a lawyer for THOUSANDS of dollars. Do you really want to do that? Spend two years of your life waiting, working at Star Bucks with a BSN, and dumping money into attorney fees? I don't know about you, but I don't. Ok, so what do we do Carl Winslow? How can we possibly avoid this? Well it is very simple. Apply to another state. California is one giant mess. Argue with me all you like, but aside from beaches, this state is a giant dump as far as I'm concerned. And it is no surprise, that this goofy state is probably one of, if not THE hardest state to get licensed in. I mean just look at all of these posts, Ca, Ca, Ca, Ca, Ca...all California. Doesn't that strike you as odd? I've heard about people having a dui TWENTY years ago and then being denied or put on probation. Isn't that insane? Yes, yes it is insane. And you don't have to put up with it. The second you apply to California with a criminal history, they are more than likely going to deny you initially. Then over the course of months or years, they will discuss your stipulated agreement, which as I said before, is a f'ing joke. What does this do? Well, for EVERY SINGLE state you apply to there on after, you MUST disclose that you have been denied a license or that your license has been restricted...for the rest of your life you have to answer this question when applying to other states. This stain is there forever. Now, your life is already complicated enough without having to tell the board that you were denied a license. Answering yes to this question does not immediately bar you from getting licensed in another state, but it is one more hurdle and one more red flag you're going to have to deal with...so why do it at all? But, aren't other states more or less the same? NOPE. NO WAY. California states that even if your case has been dismissed, sealed, or expunged, you HAVE to disclose this. Total bull right? Yeah, well other states think so too. After spending countless nights worrying and stressing, I found that ALMOST every other state says, "If your case has been expunged or dismissed, you do NOT have to disclose this to the board". Do NOT have to disclose that you shoplifted at 18 years old, do NOT have to tell them about your DUI you got when you were 22 years old if it was expunged; how great does that sound? Pretty great if you ask me. Other states also do not care about non felony offenses beyond 5 or 7 years. Texas for example, even considers misdemeanors committed at the age of 22 or younger as "acts of youthful indiscretion". Meaning that they get it, when your young your dumb, and when your dumb, you do dumb things. So you actually have some sort of answer right away. Have you ever called the Ca BON? My god, it's a nightmare, no one can tell you anything and you'll get a different answer every time you do call. Indiana also passed a law prohibiting licensing boards from denying licenses because of expunged records. http://in.gov/legislative/bills/2013/HE/HE1482.1.html I doubt you want to read through all of that but here's the gist of it: Sec. 10. (a) It is unlawful discrimination for any person to: (1) suspend; (2) expel; (3) refuse to employ; (4) refuse to admit; (5) refuse to grant or renew a license, permit, or certificate necessary to engage in any activity, occupation, or profession; or (6) otherwise discriminate against; any person because of a conviction or arrest record expunged or sealed under this chapter. (b) The civil rights of a person whose conviction has been expunged shall be restored, including the right to vote, to hold public office, to serve as a juror, and, to the extent not prohibited by federal law, to own or possess a firearm. © In any application for employment, a license, or other right or privilege, a person may be questioned about a previous criminal record only in terms that exclude expunged convictions or arrests, such as: "Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime that has not been expunged by a court?". So, if you are unlucky enough to have a criminal history, don't give up hope! Just give up on California. Wasting your money and time is NOT worth a stipulated agreement, and it is not worth having permanent blemishes attached to your license. If you are able to get your misdemeanor expunged, do it NOW. It is pricey though, I got my two DUI's done for 1500, but it is totally worth it! Also, once you're licensed guess what? You NEVER have to say you were convicted of a crime on any job application. Also, it is illegal to even ask about expunged records. Again, this is my opinion and I wanted to let you all know that you AREN'T doomed! Your dreams of becoming a nurse are still very much alive! This is going to be my course of action when I graduate. You can roll the dice on California if you'd like, but I for one am going to take the sure thing and apply in a state I KNOW I won't have issues with. I can't speak for every state, as I have not researched every single state, but do some research. You'll find that a lot of states aren't like California. As for me, I'm either looking at Texas, Arizona, Massachusetts, or Pennsylvania. These all seem like really cool states to live in, and have whole lot more going on than my little podunk California town. Best of luck to you, don't give up and keep fighting the good fight! Cheers!
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    NCLEX and licensing with 2 OLD DUI's

    I think that is the worst part about this DUI horse crap. It is borderline unconstitutional; how you can CONTINUE to be punished for the rest of your life is beyond me. As you put it, we've already paid our debt to society...YEARS ago. And how they can legally correlate a dui at 19 years old to the nursing profession is equally baffling. And this has large implications for California in particular. It is already a mess, and you're basically disqualifying thousands of people from a 60-100k a year job because of some bs misdemeanor charge that happened 12 or 13 years ago? Defaulting on student loans and joblessness, these are all bad, especially for a backwards state like California. So, you have California educated nurses fleeing your state to go stimulate the economy in another state? I've already looked into other states, and I haven't found one that was as strict as California. Texas and Massachusetts for example, don't even ask about expunged records, and they are more concerned with felonies and something that has happened recently, which they consider 5 years recent. Nevada doesn't care. Idaho. And the list goes on. To get through the Ca BRN without issue you basically have to be a saint who has never had a single misstep in your entire life...do you know how rare that is? I mean they're denying people for a shoplifting charge they got at 17 years old for stealing some stupid earrings from hot topic. It's insane and ridiculous. With the baby boomer generation getting older, and with the large amounts of 60 year + nurses in Ca getting ready for retirement, California is going to be in a world of hurt pretty soon if they don't change their tune.
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    NCLEX and licensing with 2 OLD DUI's

    Thanks for the response, but I will never take a probationary license. I think if they are going to give you a restricted license, they might as well not give you one at all; they both pretty much have the same outcome, unless you know people and have connections. Even then, 3 years? and 15k out of pocket? They will also probably restrict you from working in the ICU for those three years too. Pffffff, forget about it. An inpatient rehab program for a DUI I got when I was 19 years old? LOL, yeah ok. What is this George Orwell's 1984? California is just crazy. I've decided just to skip Ca altogether. I'm not going to screw around with this messed up state anymore. If I get a restricted license I will just find another career.
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    Application denied by California BRN

    Thanks for the info. Yeah, from all the research I have done, it seems that anyone with priors would benefit from staying away from California altogether. I just see this as a silver lining and the final push I needed to get the hell out of this awful state.
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