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Can I meet the requirements for the state board of nursing with a prior arrest?

Monday July 30, 2012
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Dear Nancy,

I am a new graduate and applying for my license. I just received a letter stating that I need to fulfill additional requirements because of a 2004 arrest while I was in high school. I never was charged/convicted of battery, and the case was thrown out. I have all the documents the board is requesting, except for the police report because the police department said they do not keep records older than five years or those that are not homicide or robbery. I'm not sure what to provide the board because I cannot produce a police report.


Nancy Brent replies:

Dear Marge,

Although it sounds as if you are between a "rock and a hard place," consulting with a nurse attorney or attorney in your state whose practice is in professional licensure/defense would be the best approach. An attorney experienced in this area most likely has some suggestions or options for you to provide what is needed in place of the police report.

Don't be discouraged. Obstacles often are present when one starts out in his or her career. They may be overcome with the right approach.


Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is an attorney in private practice in Wilmette, Ill. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal or any other advice. The reader is encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney or other professional when an opinion is needed.