First let me say that by criminal record I mean 1 misdemeanor charge. Here is the story. I was arrested for shoplifting about 7 months ago. At the time I was an undiagnosed Bipolar and ADHD sufferer and my meds were all out of whack. I was also on ambien for sleep and I think we all know what ambien can do to a person’s brain. So I was severely dissociated and I had ambien head. I plead guilty, paid my fines, and serving court supervision. I really want to go to nursing school but I dont think I could take going through all of that to not even be able to get my liscense in the end. This was one mistake made at a time when my mental health was failing. I am much better now and I know its going to haunt me to a certain extent but I just hope to god it doesn’t screw me out of this. My question is this: Is there even a snowball’s chance in hell that I can even get my liscense now? I live in Illinois. Any advice would be appreciated because if my chances aren’t good then I guess I might as well choose a different career path.
Contact your department of Health’s Nursing regulatory body. They’d be the experts! Good luck!
You’re “mental health was failing?” Bipolar disorder and ADHD caused you to shoplift? Please. What a cop out. You shoplifted because you’re a thief.
You might want to check with the nursing school you’re thinking about applying to and see if you could even get in. My school did a criminal background check and an FBI fingerprint check, and some misdemeanors will keep you from being accepted. We also had to have a doctor do a complete physical and say we were both physically and mentally competent to be a nurse.
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