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Should I disclose arrest without conviction?

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by nurseama nurseama (New) New Nurse Student

nurseama has 2 years experience and specializes in ICU.

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Hi guys,

I am in a real murky area when it comes to disclosure to the BRN. I currently live in CA and 9 years ago I was arrested for a fight with my sister. Ultimately, I got a lawyer, and all "charges" were dismissed. I was never convicted! According to the verbiage on the CA BRN website, it asks to disclose dismissals of convictions, and not charges. I've ordered all necessary paperwork to provide shall I really need to. But I really don't want to open Pandora's box and disclose this if I don't need to. The arrest record (which was completely false), painted me out to be some monster. Some things listed in the arrest record would be considered by the BRN to be "substantially related to duties of an RN". Of course, an arrest record is not proven true until prosecution in court. That is why I am hesitant on reporting. Court proves that I was innocent by not convicting me. I have ran a DOJ/FBI background on myself, and no convictions appear (just the arrest). The website clearly states that you do not need to report an arrest that did not lead to conviction. I want to be as forthcoming as possible, and I've got nothing to hide. I am so torn because I really want to be as honest as possible, but my family thinks I shouldn't disclose this. The risk of denying my license after paying 100k for school and working my @$$ off throughout nursing school is a serious sickening risk. Any advice??

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beachbabe86 has 20 years experience and specializes in Oceanfront Living.

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I truly believe that you don't have to disclose an arrest, just convictions.

Good heavens,...100K for school? WOW!.

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nursingstudentboy2020 has 1 years experience.

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Were you able to get your license? I also have an arrest but no conviction and had the arrest sealed. I am unsure of what to do

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nurseama has 2 years experience and specializes in ICU.

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I apply for my license in a few weeks. Will keep you updated. I am calling to Board of Nursing again to confirm. My lawyer says I was never convicted and never did a diversion program, so I do not need to disclose. My original charge/compliant was dismissed. Where I'm torn is that I had formal charges filed. I'm sure the BRN wants to disclose everything. At this point I might as well just say it, and show how much I changed. At the end of the day I was not convicted, so I cannot be denied realistically. But I did pay for a DOJ RAP sheet on myself, and only the arrest showed. But the BRN does use FBI...

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nurseama has 2 years experience and specializes in ICU.

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my lawyer suggested sealing those records now. That way when you go for a job, you can be safe. But the BRN has higher access.

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