I apologize for this lengthy post in advance. I am a nurse who moved to Florida almost two years ago. I applied for licensure and had to go in front of the board due to my being an addict in recovery and also for a past criminal history. I had a charge from 2009 (7 years ago) for which I was placed on a type of probation in MO where at the end of it, if completed successfully, the charges go away and you are not convicted/case is sealed. I was given a license and put into IPN here in FL. I went to multiple evaluations, taken many tests, and am compliant in monitoring and meetings. I have spent well over thousands on obtaining licensure/IPN. I have jumped through hoops for nearly two years. I finally go the license and had been applying for jobs. I was offered a job in an ACHA regulated facility, and finishing up the process a level two background was required. I was informed that it came back as "ineligible " and I was told to call a # to ACHA. I was informed that I must apply for exemption. I was then told that since I was already licensed, I must go through the board of nursing. This seemed odd to me, since I had just gotten a license from the florida board, why was I essentially doing it all again? Needless to say I filled out the exemption app and submitted to ANOTHER $60 background and fingerprinting and sent it all off. A month and a half of unanswered phone calls and emails, and finally I get some one to call me back yesterday.Here comes the bad news. I was denied. I was told that I am not allowed an exemption until MAY 2018. Their reasoning is because I have not been off of probation long enough. THE VERY SAME PEOPLE THAT GAVE ME NURSING LICENSE are now telling me that I cannot get an exemption due the the very same criminal history that they reviewed and approved me to get a license. The very same criminal history that they used as a reasoning to put me in IPN! Now they are saying I cannot get an exemption. This is a crime that was committed in 2009. I was given SIS probation, which in missouri means that after you complete it, the conviction goes away and the case is closed/sealed. I called her back and said to her "you do realize I was not convicted right?" and then she said for me to get more court documents.I am beside myself. I have spent thousands on tests/evaluations/groups/meetings/drug tests/trips to see the board. All of this, to have yet another hurdle placed. I cannot work anywhere that is associated with ACHA. I am so close to giving up. I can't believe this is being done to me. Somebody tell me something positive. Please. Im struggling here.I have also contacted an attorney.