a.) In most states, the only “barrier crimes” or types of convictions or arrests that automatically disqualify individuals from obtaining a license are crimes related to abuse or neglect or violent felonies.
a.) State regulations very extensively regarding how they treat these types of cases.
- A database of all state laws is here: https://www.ncsbn.org/
b.) A wide range of factors, including “completion of probation or supervision,” “expungment-non-guilty” “active efforts towards rehabilitation” a “certificate of good character,” or a “certificate of rehabilitation” “character references” and “time since last conviction” are taken into consideration.
- You can check with one of the legal services listed above for more info on types of criminal record relief available to you.
- It’s best to do as many things as you can to prove that you are “rehabilitated” — especially, good idea to get character references and other letters of support.
- Some states do not require you to disclose expunged convictions or arrests that have “non-guilty” results on your licensing application.
- Some states do not require you to disclose sealed convictions for things that aren’t “barrier crimes” , in addition to expunged convictions on your licensing application.
- Actually call the Board of Nursing in states you’re considering getting licensed in and ask them to give you general information about how they handle applicants that are similar to you.
- Or preferably, have a lawyer do this for you — see above.
- Search online for others’ experiences. For example, http://allnurses.com/
nursing-licensure-criminal/ is really great for just getting a sense of what different states do. (It seems like Michigan, Oklahoma, Kansas, & Kentucky are pretty relaxed. Illinois is pretty good. Texas is okay. Louisiana & California really tough/hard).
- Again, preferably check in with a lawyer on this, since each individual person’s experience are based on a bunch of factors.