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Expunging a conviction for a nursing license

Expungement for Nurses

Posted on: August 15, 2021 | by: admin

How an Expungement Affects Your Nursing License

As a nursing professional, you spent the time going through school, spending countless clinical hours, studied hard, and passed the NCLEX exam. You don’t want a previous conviction to impede your ability to be hired or your ability to advance in your career. Background checks are used by employers for both new nurses as well as nurses who are already employed. The last thing you want is for a college indiscretion to show up on a nursing employment background check and either disqualify you from nursing employment or limit you from taking other positions that will further your nursing career.

Reasons for Nurses to Explore Expungement

Before you begin your program, your nursing school may require you to go through an extensive background check and fingerprinting. If either of those triggers an alert on a past conviction, you may not be admitted to the school of your choice.

A nursing position is one of trust, where both doctors and patients trust that you have the patient’s best interest in mind. A prior misdemeanor or felony conviction showing up on a background check can create doubt about your character and ability to do your job.

Nurses also have access to narcotics and other controlled substances which requires trust. Depending on the type of floor you are applying to work in, you may be required to agree to a background check and drug screening, and a previous conviction can create problems for your application.

Absolute Bar to Licensure

If you have been convicted of one of the “absolute bar” convictions, you may have trouble getting through the nursing licensure stage. These felony convictions include Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Arson, Gross Sexual Imposition, Sexual Battery, Rape, Felonious Assault, Voluntary Manslaughter, Aggravated Murder, and Murder. If you are convicted of any of these crimes after you’ve been licensed, the nursing board is required to revoke your license.

Other Convictions

Outside of the “absolute bars”, Ohio Expungement statutes are quite forgiving. Felonies, misdemeanors, and even vacated/dismissed charges are all eligible for expungement. OH HB1 drastically expanded the eligibility for convictions, which after being granted by the court, means you do not have to disclose these convictions to your employer.

We help Nurses With Expungement

Our team has nearly 30 years of experience helping nursing professionals put embarrassing convictions in the past. If you have a conviction that has been discharged by the court, have completed the terms of the court order, and have met the waiting period requirements, you may be eligible to have those convictions sealed forever.

Get started with our free online eligibility test to see if you are eligible for an expungement in Ohio and never worry about a background check ruining your nursing employment options.