There Is Hope.. Felon to Rn.... No Lying

I was convicted of Forgery, Fraud, Burglary and Stealing, in 1996..... I didn't get an imposition of sentence, I had to serve my time, my probation, and still have it on my record.  It has always haunted me, but I decided to follow my dreams anyway...  i am now a licensed registered nurse RN.  I haven't had to lie about anything.  Fortunately for me my crimes were in a very grey area in the list of "we will consider you if"...  There were a long list of crimes that you just simply cannot be a nurse, but if your in a grey area like I was, never count yourself out.

Nursing school was extremely hard, and even harder to know that at the end I may get denied my license....  But I thought "their gonna have to make me quit"...  And it worked out.  I got my license and I work as a RN at a hospital...  They too are fully aware of my past.

If your shooting for the stars, you have to aim high, otherwise you get caught in the trees!!!    People respect hard work...  It took me 13 years, but it was well worth it. 

 

dianademack dianademack
31-35
16 Responses Apr 6, 2009

I know this post is old,but I'm hoping you will see it. I had a felony conviction of breaking and entering . It was filed under the First Offender act, which i am now eligible to have exponged. But it will still show up on a fbi check. What should be the 1st step? Is their a waiver I can apply for? I will not take no for an answer I am willing to take that chance after schooling studying and loans. It is my dream to be a RN.

Sorry but I don't believe this article is true at all. You have virtually no chance of getting hired in the medical field with any type of conviction. I know because I've tried. I have a felony from over 20 years ago. It was a non-violent, non drug related offense. I even got a pardon from the governor for it. Despite having a 4 year degree, being a military veteran, having excellent references from previous employers and supervisors, I never once got an interview for over 100 jobs I applied to after getting my RN license.

One day I applied to a hospital that my cousin works in and she actually knows the HR person and I used her as a reference and STILL didn't get an interview. My cousin finally said that the HR person told her off the record that I didn't get interviewed because of my background. So there you have the facts. Years and thousands of dollars wasted getting my RN license and can't get a job from it.

And getting expungement won't help because hospitals do the same type of background checks that police departments do, and expunged records will still show up in those types of bg checks.

Finally if you don't believe me look at this article and an HR person even admits they don't consider applicants with convictions. Read the paragraph titled "Out of the past"

scrubsmag.com/confessions-from-hospital-hr-heres-why-we-didnt-hire-you/

Are there people with convictions working in healthcare? Yes. But they were either a) grandfathered in (worked there for a long time before background checks became more strict) or b)really close friends or relatives with someone in HR or hospital management who got lucky enough to get in. The rest of us have no chance.

I am an RN. have 4 felony charges and two misdemeanors, all involving theft. I went to school and finished a couple Associate degrees and a couple Bachelor degrees, one being an accelerated nursing program. I applied to sit for NCLEX and had to provide evidence, letters of reference, circumstances, how I have changed/ rehabilitated, etc. Va board of nursing granted me a license to practice with no restrictions and had me sign a public reprimand.

Now I am looking for a job and am having trouble getting HR too give me a call back. I Ann looking for a list of companies and such that hire RNs with a record.

What would the grey area be? Drug charges are probably a big fat NO!

I want to get my RN badly but I have a felony (selling and receiving a stolen firearm) and am scared to go all the way throigh school to he denied:( what do you think? Im keeping faith that my past wont ruin this for me!

Good on you, Diana. I wish you continued success, both professionally, and personally.

That is the best thing that I have heard in a long time!!!!!! Thank you for sharing!

I am a male who had an amorous affair with an inmate who was a custodian. I made a wrong choice by making love to her although i tried many time to discourage her. i t happened and i selected a lawyer who i showed proof of no coercion. many love letters wich i showed him. after retanied him when appearing to the judge he told me to plea because he could not defend me. like an idiot i plead and was convicted. felony sexual misconduct. my lic in florida was revoked. i did not lie. i was honest. i had nursed for over 25 years. .....what do you think? she was not a patient...41 y/o female

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I understand why so many convicted felons return to a life of crime. I have 2 felonies for burg 2. I'm stuck at a dead end job and on the chance that I do get accepted to a rental agreement simply for housing, I get stuck with paying way too much. Sometimes it's almost impossible to pay my bills with what I make now, how am I supposed to work school into my schedule too? On top of that I also have somewhere around 60k in medical bills that I will slowly be garnished for.... When is enough, enough?

you are my herooo! i have a misdeamer for petty theft, my family doesnt know, and my future scares me so much :(

Wow. Good for you Diana. My sister slapped her husband, for the reason most women might have a fit and slap their husband. The neighbor saw it and called the police. She was convicted. You know the rest. She is extremely bright, but has given up essentially@ 27 years old. I'm going to send her your story. She always wanted to be an RN. Thanks, you inspired me this morning.

Well i am kind of in the same boat, i just wanted to know what the grey area really was...

Lucky you! I have a drug felony conviction for having a pipe with a little speed in it and haven't touched the stuff in over 5 yrs and the conviction was 6 years ago. unfortunately it will forever haunt me until the day my life no longer exists...

Kudos to you for pressing on and turning your life around!