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by Brittanycooper98 Brittanycooper98 (New Member) New Member

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Hello beautiful nurses around the world! I am a newly graduated NYS CNA. I am interested in going further into the healthcare field, and would like to go back to school for my RN. I am a little unsure, as I have a Class E felony from 2009. Its for grand larceny, 4th degree. I have not been in trouble since. I turned my life around, gave myself to the Lord, took over care of my 5 siblings at 22 and now is my time finally to go after my passion and dreams. However, I do worry how much my life will suffer because of that mistake. I got my CNA Cert with no issues. Technically speaking,on the NYS Prometric site it says someine with my felony really is not wanted to work in nursing homes. I beat that odd. But when I applied for my certificate of disability from fear of not being able to become a CNA, I was denied with no reason(I'm currently working with Judicial Process Commission to find out why). Even so, it didnt stop NYS from issuing me my license. Should I go after my next goal and enroll in nursing school?! And if I pass, what do I need to do to prove I am worthy and rehabilitated from my felony . Please help!

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Congratulations on turning things around and chasing your goals. First stop should be your board of nursing website to see what they have to say about applicants with criminal history. Felonies can prevent you from moving forward. Check with the school you are considering also. Understand that you need to thoroughly research this before investing your time and money into a nursing program. It is possible to successfully complete the program and then be denied testing or be unable to find a job because of your criminal history.

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If Brittany Cooper is really your name, I strongly suggest not using it for your screen name. You never who is on this site and might see that.

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From a quick search, here's what I found:

[PDF]Nursing Guide to Practice - NYS Office of the Professions - Nysed

http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurse-guide-april09.pdf

This is a Q and A guide for nursing practice in New York state. It also has contact info for specific criteria questions. Granted, it is almost 10 years old, but some of the same people are probably still there.

Best wishes to you.

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