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    Anyone w/ multiple criminal charges read!

    Hi there, thank you for your post. I will take a look at the Ga license tonight and see what it says on the application. So Michigan and some other states are more lenient and don’t need to submit documents that have been dismissed or reduced. I didn’t have to submit court documents when I initially applied for licensure in MI. I know they changed it now and want the documents now. Have you done a background check on yourself to see what is on your record? Like I mentioned above I got a charge taken off my record that said “expunged” or “reduced” after it to completely off my record bc that was the deal following completion of probation. So I don’t even mention that bc it’s not on my record. I completely believe you can get licensed it just might take a little more time and effort like it did with me. Let me know thanks!
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    Anyone w/ multiple criminal charges read!

    Yup I read that document front and back lol. And both my OWI offenses got dropped, so didn't think there would be much of an issue. Especially considering I got licensed in Michigan no problem, but I was wrong lol. But like I said for aquaprinces, NY is a different state, and your offenses are different than mine. From my experiences with the BON, I believe you will fine. Review the BON application front and back, see what they want you to submit and proceed forward. Definitely is a stressful process but be persistent. I would even recommend doing a Livescan fingerprinting on yourself to even see if these charges appear on your record at all. Because if they don't show up at all on the FBI Livescan, then they never happened. Let me know if you have anymore questions!
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    Anyone w/ multiple criminal charges read!

    I would take a close look at the Yew York State Board of Nursing RN Application. Like I mentioned above, I had no issue getting licensed in Michigan and Texas because they didn't included dismissed charges. You have no convictions on your record, which is a good thing but you were still charged with shoplifting. So note if the Board of Nursing asks for all CONVICTIONS vs. all CHARGES. If they ask for all charges you're going to need to include the two past incidents. However, if it asks for any convictions you're good and you don't need to mention the past incidents. Also, these aren't drug or alcohol related charges. Mine were alcohol related so the BON in my opinion is going to be more strict on those types of convictions/charges than others, like your shoplifting charge for example. So what I would do is look over the application, and see if the BON wants CONVICTIONS or CHARGES. Either way, I would definitely go ahead an apply. It might take a little time if they ask for all the court documents for your charges, but in the end I believe you won't have an issue getting licensed. The bottom line is these charges aren't alcohol or drug related so I doubt there will be a major issue here. Let me know if you have any question!
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    Anyone w/ multiple criminal charges read!

    I see where you're coming from, HOWEVER, my first offense got reduced to a Reckless Driving. The Reckless shows on my record, it does NOT show how much my BAC was or the original charge, just that I was CONVICTED of a Reckless Driving. So my guess is, the police saw the Reckless Driving on my record and were like, this kid... Understand this, the police can essentially charge you with whatever they want. They could have CHARGED me with resisting arrest, but I wouldn't have got CONVICTED of that. Hence why I got this second offense reduced because I was legally NOT intoxicated. Like you said the standard is 0.08, but if you have any alcohol in your system (basically above a 0.02), the police can either charge you with OWVI, DUI, or OWI, even if you DO or DON'T have a criminal record. So my point is, DO NOT think just because this happened to me, it won't happen to you because you have a squeaky clean record. If my first offense never happened, this second offense would have still occurred and played out the same way it did, even if I had NO offenses on my record. See where I'm getting at?? Don't drink and drive AT ALL, my suggestion to everyone reading the post and comments, BUY a LEGIT BREATHALYZER (not the $10 iPhone ones) and make sure you are at ZEROOOOSSSS before you drive. If not, call cab or crash there. Any other comments or questions please ask! Learn from my mistakes...
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    Anyone w/ multiple criminal charges read!

    That's awesome congratulations!! Such a relief, so happy for you, I know how much anxiety there is waiting to get your license!
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    NEW GRAD DETROIT ER

    Ok awesome that's what I hear Pixie.RN! Thanks for the heads up:)
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    NEW GRAD DETROIT ER

    Thanks!! I see you're from Memphis, are you considering applying to the Detroit area? Well, my interview for the ER was actually super easy lol. I was surprised, I had plenty of interviews where the manager asked intense questions that really made me think. For example: Name a time when you didn't provide proper nursing care, and the implications this had on your patient/patients. Pretty difficult question, at least for me it is. So once you pass your NCLEX I would definitely look up online nursing interview questions, there's a ton with good answers. So I wrote a lot of those questions down, rehearsed my answers, and practiced. And surprisingly, a lot of the interview questions I found online they asked in person. But that wasn't really the case for getting hired in the ER in Detroit, surprisingly. They asked me pretty straight forward questions, and mostly told me about the hospital, the Unit, and etc. I would also have a few questions up your sleeve to ask the interviewer, like "Describe to me you management style..." Secondly, what I believe helped me out in getting into an acute care setting was having prior experience in a critical care environment. In nursing school students were able to choose a specialty their final semester, so I chose the Intensive Care specialty. Therefore, I did my final clinical rotation/preceptorship exclusively in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care. A lot of places saw that I was in the Intensive Care Unit in nursing school, which many managers like if you're going into acute/critical care. Lastly, I did my pediatric clinical rotation at the hospital I'm at now. So they liked that I had experience and was familiar with them. LASTLY, I would consider getting into a hospital and working as a CNA or Nurse Tech since you're in school right now. Something I didn't do, I mostly just wanted to focus on my grades and pass nursing school lol. But I feel that helped out a lot of my friends who did that. And the hospital is likely to hire you once you complete your degree. Hopefully this helps!!!
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    NEW GRAD DETROIT ER

    Hello everyone. I'm a new grad who just landed my first job. I'm in the second week of orientation and will be working in the ER in Detroit. I'm pretty nervous beginning my new job, especially with no prior RN experience and being in the Detroit ER. So, I know I'm going to see some crazy stuff. I want to love my job and hope that things go smoothly and I'm able to adjust well. From what I heard, the drop-off rate for new nurses is pretty high. Meaning a lot of new nurses leave the profession within their first year of becoming a RN. I don't want to be one of these statistics, and hope that I will love where I'm at. So, I thought I would post on allnurses and see if anyone would be kind enough to offer some insight into ER nursing, offer any tips/tricks, and let me know what I should do to prepare myself.
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    Anyone w/ multiple criminal charges read!

    Sorry Jzt1004, didn't really answer your original question lol. My bad, but from what I hear about california, and if she applied with this offense showing on her record (even if it was dropped), and if this offense occurred within the last 8 to 10 years...I would say her license would get denied or put on probation. Even if this offense is dropped, it might still show that she had a prostitution charge which was dismissed on her FBI background check, it just says it was dismissed but still shows the original charge. When I did a background check on myself, the background check read that I had an OWVI which was dismissed. But if the BON saw that offense, and cared about dropped records like Louisiana or California, that would be a red flag. California is one of those states who's super strict. It sucks, but she can definitely get licensed in other states, especially with this being dropped. Just read the application, and if it says you need to INCLUDE dropped or expunged offenses DON'T EVEN BOTHER with the state, UNLESSSSS this offense doesn't appear on her record due to the fact she wasn't fingerprinted, then apply because there is not record of this offense occurring. It's a confusing process but I hope this helps!!!
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    Anyone w/ multiple criminal charges read!

    Well, from what I've read I heard California is super strict when it comes to licensing, and their entire process is a mess because of their large population. I've read some stories where people have gotten flat out denied with just one DWI/DUI offense that was pled down to a lesser offense. I believe it just depends on how long ago this offense occurred. BUTTTTT...since your friend was NOT arrested, and subsequently NOT fingerprinted, I doubt this offense will show up on her (I'm assuming) record. For example, I actually have another misdemeanor that I was ticketed for when I was 20. I was not arrested or fingerprinted, just ticketed. I then completed all the court ordered nonsense I had to do. I thought this offense WAS on my record. However, like I said above, I did a personal FBI background check through live scan (for my records) and this offense did NOT appear on my background check, I'm assuming because I was not fingerprinted, only ticketed for the offense. THEREFOR, I would advise your friend to do a FBI background check on herself to determine whether or not this will show up when she has to do the FBI check for the CA BON. If it does NOT show, which it should not considering your friend wasn't fingerprinted for this offense, DON'T mention it at all haha. Never happened, just like my one misdemeanor that doesn't show up on any criminal background checks....never happened. I would also advise doing a standard criminal background check on yourself/friend through your police department, in addition to the livescan. If it does show up on her record, and if it were me, considering what I had to go through to get licensed and what I heard about CA, I would not waste time applying to California. That state's a disaster from what I heard when it comes to getting licensed. Go to another state, get some experience so they know you can practice without "prostitution" or whatever they'll look for, then reapply after a few years. I think it's like $40 for a FBI background check, and like $10 for the police department to do a regular one. Both are worth every penny lol. Let me know how it goes and the outcome! Hopefully I helped and looking forward to hearing back:)
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    Anyone w/ multiple criminal charges read!

    That's awesome Illinois.Lady! Yeah it just sounds like Illinois wants an explanation, similar to when I applied to Michigan and Texas, and after that you'll get your license. Glad I was able to provide some insight. Hope the process goes smoothly! Let me know if you get licensed!
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    Anyone w/ multiple criminal charges read!

    From your username it sounds like you're from Illinois. I am unsure sure about all of Illinois's Board of Nursing Policies, and from your description it appears that you were most likely charged with a reckless or careless driving. However, I don't know if you pled guilty to a lesser offense like I did, or to the reckless driving, if that's what you were charged with. From my personal experience, I would say you're completely fine. Especially if this is you're one and only incident with no alcohol or drugs involved. For Michigan, my home state, I didn't have to send in any court documents. I only had to submit an explanation of my prior arrests, and I got licensed no problem. For Texas, I didn't have to state my most recent incident because it was dropped, but for Louisiana I had to because they include dropped/expunged records. So, when I called the Louisiana BON and they said the recommended plan of action was to suspend my license for 5 years, I IMMEDIATELY withdrew my application. I could have fought it, but like I said in my original post I would have been placed on probation and that would have been difficult to find a job, or worse my license could have been flat out denied. So where I'm getting at is that my advice would be to SUBMIT all the court documents and explanation of events, wait a week then call them back, and if you hear from them anything along the lines of "We are NOT going to license you...", "You're license is going to be revoked...", and etc....WITHDRAW your application immediately and apply to another state. BUT...and this is a BIG BUTTTTT, I highly doubt that will happen to you, like it did with me. Just be persistent, follow up with the BON, and be honest. If you don't need to include expunged or dropped charges, DON'T INCLUDE IT! However, it sounds like this incident may be on your record. ALSO, I would recommend running a background check on yourself, an FBI background check through livescan. This will for sure let you know what's on your record. Bottom line: just be persistent, follow up with the BON, and don't speed lol. Also, compared to me you're a saint, so my gut feeling is telling me you're completely fine after you submit the required documents:) Let me know if you have any questions!
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    Anyone w/ multiple criminal charges read!

    Yes that's definitely a good idea lol. Mississippi is also one of the compact states which means if you are licensed in another compact state you have your license in all of them I believe. I just got my Texas nursing license, which means I'm eligible for licensure in all the compact states. I would look into that more because maybe you could work in Texas or another less strict compact state then move back to Mississippi. Right now I have my license in two states: Michigan and Texas. And like I said Texas is part of the 24 compact states, which includes Mississippi, so from what I understand I can practice in all 24 compact states. Let me know if you have any questions!
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    BSN to DNP

    Hello everyone, I've been reading the posts and just wanted some information regarding the BSN to DNP route. So I'm a GN and just accepted a job in Detroit in the ER, I'm pretty nervous considering this is my first nursing job but excited at the same time. I have no kids and no girlfriend as of right now. I'm going to try to keep it this way for a little so I can focus on my career and going back to school. I'll be working 36 hours a week, and have been researching DNP programs. I want to get my schooling done sooner than later, and the DNP program I want to apply for start date will begin in Fall 2016. I plan on doing the program rotating between part time and full time study and taking any summer classes offered, to try to complete the degree in 5 years. I graduated from a BIG TEN University's nursing school, it was EXTREMELY difficult and I finished with about a 3.3 overall nursing GPA, and about a 3.55 cumulative GPA. Sadly, I was probably bottom in my nursing class lol. There were a lot of smart individuals, and the difficulty of the BSN coursework has made me weary of jumping into a BSN to DNP Program. But, on the other hand, by the time I would begin the program I want to get into, I would have over a year of RN experience, and I want to get my schooling done sooner than later since I'm still in study mode. I passed my boards the first try in 78 questions; and I did solid on the GRE with a combined score on the new scale of a 301. I was wondering what additional advice any people have for an individual such as myself who have completed or are in a DNP program? Am I basically going to have no life if I'm working 36 hours a week while attending classes part time? And with my grades taken into consideration, what are my chances of success while enrolled in a DNP program? Any additional thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.
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    2 Dui's in Tennessee.

    I had a similar situation happen to me. I would investigate whether these two charges were actually reduced to a lesser offense or if you actually have two duis on your record. I was arrested twice for drinking and driving, one of my charges was dismissed and the other was reduced to reckless driving. I had no issue getting my license in Michigan or Texas, but I applied for my Louisiana license and they wouldn't give it to me because they include dropped/dismissed charges, where Michigan and Texas does not. I don't think Tennessee is as strict as California or Louisiana because they are apart of the compact states, but I would look over the RN application and see what you need to submit and kinda get an idea of how strict it is there. Because if you actually have two DUI's on your record you'll probably have a hard time getting your license because I was arrested twice for drinking and driving but got the charges dropped and still couldn't get my license in Louisiana. But had no problem in the other states I applied.
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