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Simply Scared...


Hi All!

So I live in Georgia..been through years of school, and am about to receive my nursing license! However, about 7 years ago I made a HUGE mistake (shoplifted) and my family paid thousands to get this expunged. I am so SCARED that this will show up on my background check as they are requiring fingerprints now..

Should I declare this? What type of penalty will I receive for answering yes to arrests? How long will it take them to review my file? How long will I have to wait to take the Boards? Will it say on my license that I have had a misdemeanor?

If it is expunged, is it really erased from your record? Ive ran several background checks on myself and nothing has ever come up...However, fingerprinting is a new concept and I have never had to do this before..

What happens if they find it after you fill out the application? Will the BON refuse your expungement papers after you have answered 'no' to the question about arrest?

Anyone ever been in a situation like this? Thanks!


Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB. Has 30 years experience.

questions we seem to be encountering more and more often have to do with the effects of a criminal history on nursing licensure:

  • is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a criminal history and if so, can i get a job?
  • is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a mip, dui, or other related charges?
  • what happens if you are charged or convicted of a crime after licensure?
  • can i go to nursing school and/or be licensed/be employed if my record has been sealed or expunged?
  • what if i have a “deferred adjudication”? will i have to declare this as a conviction?
  • will i be able to go to nursing school and/or attend clinicals with a criminal record?
  • what can happen if i receive a mip/dui/dwi or other charge while still in school?

these are questions that the members of allnurses.com cannot answer. the only reliable source of information is your state board of nursing.

if you are currently licensed as a nurse and have been charged with or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor including dui/dwi or any criminal offense, you need to contact the bon in every state you hold a license/wish to be licensed and ask their reporting requirements.

if you are a nursing student or are interested in becoming a nurse you need to contact your bon and/or your school of nursing directly. you need to be completely candid with them as to the nature and disposition of the crimes. each board of nursing makes a determination on a case by case basis and some are willing to issue a declarative statement in advance.

your questions are such that we simply cannot answer. please contact your bon.

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