Nursing school isn’t easy. Classes are rigorous. You must study for and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses (RNs), NCLEX-RN before you can submit a licensing application to the Ohio Board of Nursing. With all that you have to put into becoming a nurse, you wouldn’t want to do anything to put your license at risk. A criminal conviction on your record could put your career in jeopardy though.
One of the first steps that the board does when they receive your application for a professional nursing license is to perform a criminal background check on you. An arrest or a conviction on your record doesn’t automatically disqualify you from being awarded an RN license in a state. Boards generally consider each applicant’s file individually.
If you’ve ever been charged with a crime or found guilty of one, then it’s likely to take the board additional time to consider your application.
The state licensing body may solicit additional details about the nature of your charges and conviction. This is especially the case if your offense involves some type of moral turpitude such as a breach of trust or dishonesty. If you’ve been convicted of endangering, physically harming or sexually abusing others, then the board may question you to make sure that none of your patients would be in danger at your hands. It’s commonplace for a licensing authority to want to know about any of your previous problems with substance abuse as well.
If you’re already working as a nurse and are convicted of a crime, then you may be subjected to disciplinary action, have your license revoked or be permanently barred from practicing your profession. This can happen if you show a high degree of immorality and disregard for public trust.
One of the worst things that could happen is if you were to lose your ability to practice the job in the profession that you’ve worked so hard to become part of. It can be of great value to have a criminal defense attorney on your side who has extensive experience in representing professionals like you.
A Cleveland lawyer with that type of litigation experience will know just how hard you’ve worked to get where you’re at in your career and will pull out all the stops in trying to help you hold on to your professional license.