I'm starting a RN program this fall. Now I'm wondering if I should even bother. I have a couple speeding tickets, stop sign violation and driving on suspended license that I still need to pay off. I also have a misdemeanor shoplifting charge that was dismissed because I agreed to diversion. I was able to get my finger print clearance card but just today I was busted for shoplifting. Court is in a couple weeks. I can't help but think I should just give up my dream of being a nurse even though I am soooooo close. :( Would I even be allowed to sit for the RNCLEX? Who would even give me a job? I suck.
Best thing to do is to retain an experienced, highly qualified lawyer, and allow him/her to do everything reasonably possible to keep the new charge from turning into a conviction. You've already received your clearance card, so you should be ok continuing or starting the nursing program. But not only would a theft related charge (a crime of moral turpitude) pose a potential problem to sit for the test (though unlikely because a misdemeanor) but it would pose a problem for you in obtaining work once you become licensed since many hospitals and healthcare providers are now cracking down, doing criminal background checks and disqualifying people with certain past criminal convictions. So my advice to you is to focus your energy on avoiding a conviction. If you do that you may not then have to worry about the now hypothetical problem.
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