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I am a new graduate RN and have a 30-year-old felony conviction for writing bad checks on my record. How should I handle this situation on job applications or during interviews?

Monday May 13, 2013
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Dear Nancy,

I am a new graduate RN and have a 30-year-old felony conviction for writing bad checks on my record. The board of nursing did grant my license and placed an initial stipulation of attending a jurisprudence class before I could work outside of the state. I have taken the class, and all stipulations to my license have been removed. I work in the private care sector, but want to find work in a hospital setting, such as med/surg, to expand my nursing skills. I also am working with a local attorney in pursuing a pardon for the past conviction. How should I handle this situation on job applications or during interviews?

Leah



Nancy Brent replies:

Dear Leah,

Congratulations on meeting the requirements you were ordered to complete by the state board of nursing because of to your felony conviction. It is also a good move to seek a pardon for the past conviction if you can.

The subject of how to handle the conviction and pardon with future employers is something best discussed with your attorney. Your attorney knows the law in your state with regard to a conviction and a pardon and can guide you in the right direction so that you do not place yourself in any legal or ethical jeopardy for not handling this issue correctly.

Regards,
Nancy




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.