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Can you become an RN even after being arrested for retail theft?

I am about to apply to nursing school, I am switching majors from pre med. I was arrested, not convicted 8 mo ago. I tried to get a CNA job and was denied bc this was on my record. Will this hinder my chances of getting accepted to an RN program, and will this stop me from having future RN jobs? I'm nervous if this major switch will end up being useless.

Asked By: Karen U - 9/11/2008
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My roommate had a DUI on her record that hadn't gone to court yet when she was trying to get into nursing school. She had to write a letter of appeal to the selection committee to turn in with her application. Then they told her that if she did get in and graduated, she would have to do the same thing to get her... More
Answered By: ~~LaLaLa~~~ - 9/15/2008
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I would think that you would probably have to write a statement that gives the details around your case and the disposition. You will have to do the same thing when you apply for your RN license. If you weren't convicted, they will take that into consideration and it SHOULDN"T be a problem as long as you keep your... More
Answered By: Miss_Suzy - 9/11/2008
 
When you apply for an RN license, you must report convictions, not arrests. However, all RN applicants must submit to a live fingerprint scan and a criminal background check. Each state Board of Nursing makes the decision to grant a license in these cases individually. You should discuss this with an advisor with... More
Answered By: US_DR_JD - 9/11/2008
 
You can get a license if you have not been convicted of a felony. I don't know if you were convicted or if it was a misdemeanor or felony. You may be asked about it at some time. I agree, talk with your adviser and let them know up front so it won't cause problems in the future.
Answered By: Katrina H - 9/12/2008
 
You can get in to the Nursing Program but your arrest will prevent you to practice in the hospital. Hospital requirement for all the nursing students to have a clean background.
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