If you have ever been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors, you may be ineligible to receive a nursing license. Best thing to do is book an appointment with a lawyer that specializes in professional competency or agency (government agency) law for some advice regarding the conviction and its impact on your ability to get a license.
Drug and assault related offenses are carefully scrutinized.
Contact_your states board of registered nursing .It is important to find this information out before you put a lot of time & hard work into nursing school.
Even if your long record is for minor crimes, a “long list” doesn’t speak well about you and they might not want to take the risk (Hospitals are very sensitive areas so they want to reduce the risk of any safety problem).
Can you become a registered nurse if you have a misdemeanor criminal record?
You can, but it won’t be as easy. It will also depend on the charge. An employer might hire someone who had a minor charge in their youth, but not someone convicted of battery, distribution, etc.
Employers or potential employers can get information about your criminal record from a credit report, the state police and/or from a record check on a national level.
In most cases, the employer must first get your permission in writing.
In general, the employer can find out about:Arrests during the last seven years, and Any convictions (no matter when it occurred).
Criminal background checks are required for the following jobs: Nurse and Nurse’s aide (CNA, Nursing Assistant)
To be a nurse or nurse’s aide, you must state on your job application whether you have ever been convicted of a felony, cruelty to persons, assault of a victim 60 years or older, or have been subject to disciplinary action by the licensing agency of any state. It is a class A misdemeanor to make a false written statement on your job application regarding a prior criminal conviction or disciplinary action.