If you are looking into a nursing career in Arizona, but have concerns about your criminal record you don’t have to worry. Though you may have a criminal record, you may still be eligible to be a nurse. If you are currently a nurse with a felony conviction it is important to educate yourself on what you must do to protect your license. Chelle Law helps nurses with self-reporting Arizona Nurse Felony Convictions and helps our clients to understand what they’re up against.
Understand Your Criminal Record
First and foremost, you must understand your criminal record. Felony or a misdemeanor, having one over the other can make a difference in the eyes of the board. To discover which it is you can contact the court system where you faced conviction. having a felony on record is more severe than a misdemeanor.
After Self-Reporting a Felony Conviction
Current Arizona nurses who have a felony conviction since the time of licensing will need to self-report to the Arizona Board of Nursing. When self-reporting remember to include all facts on record. No matter the type of felony, you will be better off on reporting to avoid severe penalties.
Future nurses with a felony conviction must wait five years after discharge before applying to be a nurse. A discharge happens when you complete your sentence and the five year application restriction starts when the nurse finishes their sentence.
Future nurses who only have a misdemeanor are still eligible to be a nurse in Arizona. The fingerprinting done as part of the application process alerts the Arizona State Board of Nursing you have a possible criminal record. Once they receive the notification they will conduct an investigation.
Criminal Background Investigation
Nursing Board investigations occur when the application to the Arizona Board of Nursing shows a conviction on the applicants record. The Arizona Board of Nursing looks into whether the conviction is on the application for licensure or if it was left off. The board also looks at the nature of the crime. It’s important for them to understand if it was a one-time action or if there is a pattern of behavior.
It is a good thing if you can show that you took steps to rehabilitate yourself. One way that can be done is contacting the court to have your conviction set aside. When a conviction is set aside, it is legally removed from record. In the eyes of the Board a conviction set aside means rehabilitation.
How Chelle Law can Help
Whether you are answering to a questionnaire about your conviction, or if you are applying to get your conviction set aside, it is wise to hire an Arizona attorney. Self-reporting Arizona nurse felony convictions can be tricky and having an attorney on your side is critical. If you have questions about the services we offer or would like to schedule a consultation with an attorney at Chelle Law, contact us today.