Licensure by Examination
LICENSURE APPLICANTS WITH PRIOR CONVICTIONS AND/OR DISCIPLINARY ACTION
As the regulatory agency, the Board of Nursing does not become involved in reviewing the applicant’s conviction record until such time as application is made to take the national examination. In the application, the question is asked whether or not the applicant has ever been convicted of a misdemeanor/felony/DUI. If the response is yes, a certified copy of the criminal record must be submitted. A detailed written explanation is also required if the conviction occurred less than 5 years ago. In addition, as of January 1, 2002, criminal background checks including fingerprints are required. In accordance with guidelines established by the Board, board staff reviews the record. The applicant may take the exam as scheduled; however, the license may or may not be issued upon passing the exam. After the Board staff reviews the record, one of several actions may occur.
- There may be a request for additional information
- The license may be issued once the exam is passed
- The applicant may be notified it will be necessary for him/her to appear before the Board Licensure Committee. This may be necessary if:
- A felony conviction occurred after the applicant entered the nursing program
- The conditions of the conviction have not been satisfied
- The type and/or number of convictions bring into question the applicant’s ability to safely and competently practice nursing
If an appearance before the Licensure Committee is required, the committee will make a decision and one of several actions may be taken:
- The license is issued when the applicant is successful on the exam
- The license is issued with probation when the applicant is successful on the exam
- The license is withheld. If this should occur, the applicant will be told the reason and will have the right to address the Board concerning the decision.