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Worried about my background!!!!!!!

For most of my life I had a drug problem. Almost two years ago I was arrested and charged w/ a felony possession of cocaine. I immediately admitted myself into rehab and on Sept 3rd I will celebrate 20 months clean and sober. My felony got dropped to a misdeamor because it was my 1st offense and I put myself in rehab without being told to by a judge. I have totally turned a bad thing around and have learned so much about myself. I am in my 3rd semester @Ivy and have gotten A's in all my classes so far. I am so grateful to have a new beginning, but I am worred about this affecting me in the future. I am very motivated and determined to be in the medical field. I hope to Apply to the Nursing Program in Sept 09. I was just wondering if anyone knew how my misdeamor drug charge might affect me in my future with Nursing?

I just need some advice!

PMHNP10

Has 6 years experience.

For most of my life I had a drug problem. Almost two years ago I was arrested and charged w/ a felony possession of cocaine. I immediately admitted myself into rehab and on Sept 3rd I will celebrate 20 months clean and sober. My felony got dropped to a misdeamor because it was my 1st offense and I put myself in rehab without being told to by a judge. I have totally turned a bad thing around and have learned so much about myself. I am in my 3rd semester @Ivy and have gotten A's in all my classes so far. I am so grateful to have a new beginning, but I am worred about this affecting me in the future. I am very motivated and determined to be in the medical field. I hope to Apply to the Nursing Program in Sept 09. I was just wondering if anyone knew how my misdeamor drug charge might affect me in my future with Nursing?

I just need some advice!

We can't really give you too much advice except to tell you to check with your BON, because they are the ultimate authority and not try to hide it from the BON when you start to apply for testing/licensure.

Good Luck

sirI, MSN, APRN, NP

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?
  • 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.

since you 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.

you are to be commended on changing your life. i wish you well.

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