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  1. 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??
  2. Contrary to popular beliefs, a person really can become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in the state of California without ever having graduated from an approved school. An unlicensed person with the right mix of healthcare experience who wants to become an LVN in California has the option of qualifying to take the NCLEX-PN on the basis of previous education and experience. This method of becoming an LVN is more commonly known as 'challenging the boards' or the 'equivalency method.' According to the BVNPT (2011), qualifying for the licensure examination based on prior education and experience, often referred to as "the equivalency method," requires the applicant to provide documentation of a minimum of 51 months of paid general duty inpatient bedside nursing experience in a clinical facility and completion of a 54-theory-hour pharmacology course. Furthermore, the person who is interested in challenging the boards to become an LVN might be allowed to substitute previously-attained nursing education for some of the bedside experience requirements. The equivalency method permits unlicensed individuals who have had extensive inpatient bedside nursing care experience, plus a limited amount of formal education, to demonstrate that they have acquired sufficient basic nursing knowledge to be eligible for the licensure examination (BVNPT, 2011). The applicant who wants to earn an LVN license in this manner must have the correct mix of experience. The 51 months of paid bedside experience must have taken place within the last 10 years and needs to consist of at least 48 months of medical/surgical nursing, 6 weeks of maternity or genitourinary nursing, and 6 weeks of pediatric nursing. In addition, half of the 51 month experiential requirement needs to have been within the last five years. The BVNPT will allow up to eight months of medical/surgical nursing experience to be accrued outside of an inpatient setting; however, the rest of the experience must be in an inpatient workplace setting such as a hospital. According to the BVNPT (2011), the following types of work experience will not be accepted in this category; home health aide, in-home care provider, in-home hospice provider, board and care provider, residential care provider, unit secretary, ward clerk, transport aide, phlebotomist, monitor technician, field paramedic. Applicants who have acquired additional formal nursing education from an approved vocational nursing, practical nursing or registered nursing program may submit official transcripts for evaluation for possible credit in lieu of paid bedside nursing experience (BVNPT, 2011). All applicants who want to challenge the boards must complete a 54-hour pharmacology course that covers principles of administration, dosage calculations, knowledge and action of commonly used drugs, and medication preparation. According to the BVNPT (2011), the pharmacology requirement may be satisfied by completion of 54 theory hours of pharmacology in a Board approved vocational nursing or psychiatric technician program or 54 theory hours of pharmacology offered as part of an approved registered nursing program. The major downfalls associated with this method of becoming an LVN is that these nurses cannot be licensed in other states. In addition, some healthcare facilities in California will not hire LVNs who became licensed through this method due to policies that require new hires to graduate from an approved school of nursing. work-cited.txt
  3. Where do I begin? I have been following this site for years and it has been a source of both comfort and anxiety. The following describes my ordeal handling a complaint against my nursing license. I was almost physically sick as I read page after page of allegations of neglect, poor judgment, failure to follow nursing standards -the list went on. To be honest I could not believe what I was reading, much less begin to understand where all this was coming from. Many of the complaints were about areas that I was not even responsible for. The letter gave me 10 days to respond to the allegations. My first instinct was to get a lawyer; I let my husband talk me out of it. He was convinced, as I was, that I simply had to respond to the allegations and they would go away. HOW WRONG I WAS!! Foolishly I thought that if I simply explained what really happened the situation would be resolved. I submitted my carefully crafted response and waited for the board to exonerate me. After four months with no response, I contacted the board to find out what the status of the complaint was. After some transfers, I was informed by the board's lawyer that they were moving forward with disciplinary action. I did not know what to say or do - I was in complete shock. I managed to ask what recourse I would have, I was told that I would be able to request a settlement hearing once I was formally notified of my charges. I immediately contacted a lawyer. BEST MOVE I MADE. She carefully reviewed the information and submitted a letter to the board that all further communication was to come through her. I then sat and waited for nine long months for the formal charges. I prayed, worried, stressed, and cried my way through those months. If it had not have been for the support of my husband I would not have made it through the whole ordeal. Finally, I received an email outlining the charges - all eleven of them. I was devastated, but once I got myself together I sat down and carefully read them. Charge, after charge I had clear evidence to refute. I contacted my lawyer who had already requested a settlement hearing. I went over the charges and my evidence to refute the charges. She spent two days carefully crafting a response to each allegation and attaching supporting evidence. The settlement hearing came a month later - I can't explain how I felt looking into the faces of the board members and explaining complaint after complaint. I was an exemplary nurse, who had never had a bad report or performance evaluation and here I was practically begging for my license. The board had not conducted ANY type of investigation, had not contacted my former employer, requested records, or interviewed me -NOTHING! It took all of 30 minutes and I was dismissed to wait for their decision. Later that afternoon, I got the best phone call from my lawyer, all charges were dropped - case closed. That's it - it was finally over. Needless to say this has left a bad taste in my mouth. The board could just as easily have taken my livelihood away from me without doing their due diligence. Looking back I am so disappointed in an entity that supposedly is in place to protect the public yet failed to conduct a proper investigation on allegations that turned out be completely false.
  4. 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? Is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a 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 if my record has been sealed or expunged? These are questions that cannot be answered by the membership of allnurses. 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 you need to contact the BON in every state you hold a license and ask their reporting requirements. If you are a nursing student or are interested in becoming a nurse you need to contact your BON directly. You need to be completely candid with them as to the nature and disposition of the crimes. Each BON make a determination on a case by case basis and some are willing to issue a declarative statement in advance. A complete listing of each board of nursing can be found here: Board of Nursing with links to the contact information and websites. if you encounter a broken link do a simple search for [state name] board of nursing. Using criminal background checks to inform licensure decision making Background checks for nursing students: what are schools doing? Expunged, Sealed Records, Deferred, or Stayed Prosecution Technically these items shouldn't show up on a routine criminal background check, you may even have documents that say you can answer "no" if asked. This may apply to an employer but it may not apply to the BON! Many applications for licensure are very clear on this and ask the question something like this: Still other states ask a much more simple question such as this one from the Nevada application for a RN license: If you have an expunged/sealed/deferred criminal record you may think your answer to the question is "no". However, the Nevada's FAQs make it clear your answer should be "yes". Most states do not have the additional, clarifying information on their websites like Nevada does. If you have a criminal history regardless of whether or not it has been expunged/sealed/deferred you need to ASK THE BON! More and more states are requiring fingerprints as part of a FBI background check. If you have an expunged/sealed/deferred criminal record IT WILL SHOW UP. Utah gives a very clear warning of this right on their application: If you fail to clarify this issue with the BON in advance and you answer "no" on the application when you should have answer "yes" and an FBI or State fingerprint check returns a crime you will probably not be issued a license and if one has already been issued it will be revoked. State Licensure Application I researched some type of application for for nursing licensure for every State and the District of Columbia with the exception of four that are not available to view online (FL, IW, NC, WY). On their application the majority of states ask about vehicular offenses either as a stand alone question or within a general criminal history question. Many states ask about DUI/DWI or other offenses by name. Others simply ask that you disclose "anything other than minor driving offenses" while others identify specific ones. DUI/DWI and many other vehicular offenses are not minor driving offenses. DUI/DWI and many other vehicular offenses are misdemeanor or felony crimes. They need to be disclosed as such, according to the BON rules, even if they are not specifically identified on the application. As previously discussed, if an FBI fingerprint check is run the fact that these traffic or driving related will have no bearing. They are first and foremost misdemeanors or felonies and will be identified as such. I hope this helps.
  5. doctoral_candidate17

    Participant Recruitment For Research Purposes

    When I embarked on my PhD journey, I had many grandiose ideas on where to go and what to do with my research study. Many educators along the way kept reminding me to keep it simple and stay within my means as a graduate student. Best advice that I could heed! One of the common stressors for me as a first time research student was the worry on how I was going to gain access to my desired population and for that method to comply with the Institutional Review Board (IRB). My study design required me to gain access to registered nurses licensed in the United States that had two years or less of bedside experience. I decided that in this modern age, the best way to reach the newly qualified registered nurse was via email rather than postal mail. Plus I was planning to conduct an online survey, so it would be easiest to email a link. Therefore, I began the exploratory journey of how I was going to get either email addresses (or mailing addresses if that was all I could get) of licensed registered nurses. Being that I needed licensed registered nurses, I started with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. After searching their website, I found that I was not going to be able to get any registered nurse contact information from them. Then I began to tackle the 50 State Boards of Nursing. Some information is forthcoming on the website and some I had to email or call various contacts at the board of nursing to make my inquiry. It was a rather labor intensive process. Therefore, I am writing this article in hopes to save others that are looking for access to contact information for licensed registered nurses a few extra labor intensive days in their journey. There are four states that absolutely will not release contact information of their licensed registered nurses. Those states are Idaho, New York, North Dakota, and Tennessee. Below is a list of the states that will release contact information of their licensed registered nurses for a fee. The fees vary per state. Some state fees even vary per amount of information you want to receive. AlabamaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaDelawareGeorgiaHawaiiIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMarylandMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNew HampshireNew MexicoNorth CarolinaOregonPennsylvaniaSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTexasUtahVirginiaWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingAdditionally, the state of Washington will release contact information for a fee but you must be on a pre-approved list. You can apply to be on the list through a simple application process. States that will release contact information free of charge are: AlaskaColoradoConnecticutFloridaMaineNew JerseyOhioOklahomaRhode IslandVermontSome of these "no cost" states will only release mailing addresses and some will also include email addresses. If you are looking specifically for email addresses that are free of charge, your two go to states would be Florida and Ohio. Florida you can download directly from their website. Ohio you can send an email request through the Public Information Request Tracking team. Once received and processed, Ohio will then email you excel files containing the information you need. The process only takes a matter of a few days. If you are looking for contact information of registered nurses in the state of Massachusetts, you can download a list from their website. If you would prefer to have a data file containing the information, you can request from the state board of nursing for an additional fee. Email addresses are not included. The last state that I did not mention in any of the above lists is Nevada. According to the Nevada State Board of Nursing a fee will not be assessed (therefore it is free) until the total cost of the list reaches $10.00. Further information regarding the maximum cost and at what amount the requestor will start to be charged $10 was not addressed on the mailing list application. I hope that you have found this information helpful and if you are seeking to find out this information, I will have saved you some time.
  6. Minnesota State regulators say they protect the public with a closer watch on caregivers accused of misconduct. Those who lost loved ones want them to do more. Elda Bothun lay unconscious on her bed inside a Bloomington nursing home. She had stopped breathing, but the two nurses assigned to care for her had left the room. A police officer, summoned by a delayed emergency call, tried resuscitating the elderly woman, with no help from the nurses. Then paramedics took over. It was too late. At 5:05 a.m., Jan. 19, 2009, Bothun was pronounced dead. A state investigation found a severe breakdown in Bothun's care just before her death and determined that the failure of nurses Elijah Mokandu and Meaza Abayneh to help her during the apparent heart attack amounted to neglect of a vulnerable adult. Police and the city attorney went further: They charged the nurses with criminal neglect, a rare step in Minnesota. The Minnesota Board of Nursing could have taken away the licenses of Mokandu and Abayneh. Instead, it directed them to take training classes and consult with other nurses about how to respond to emergency situations. The two nurses were allowed to keep practicing... Over the past 5 months, the Star Tribune has analyzed thousands of records and interviewed 50 people. The Star Tribune's investigation found: Gov. Mark Dayton called the Star Tribune's findings "shocking," and said the Nursing Board's actions puts patients at risk for harm. "It would appear the board is more interested in protecting bad nurses than the public," he said. "Where does it come from that their job is to give subpar nurses chance after chance after chance?" In an interview Friday, Dayton vowed to take "whatever action is necessary" to change how the board views discipline, starting with filling two currently open seats with members who will "understand these problems and insist on a very different approach. "We'll do whatever is necessary to reconstitute the board, or revise its procedures or give them a very clear statement from both the executive and legislative branch that they need to set a much higher standard and enforce it," he said. Read the full article here: Minnesota Board of Nursing tolerates nurse misconduct that would end careers in other states | Star Tribune Here is a photo of the front page article (2MB) Nurses, this is a long article, but worth the read. What do you think about this? Please share your comments and opinions.