Prior to going through the time, effort and expense of attending nursing school you should know if you are eligible to be licensed as a nurse if you have convicted of a crime.
Under Ohio Revised Code (“ORC”) Section 4723.092, there are certain offenses, for which individuals are ineligible for licensure. ORC Section 4723.092 provides:
“An individual is ineligible for licensure under section 4723.09 of the Revised Code or issuance of a certificate under section 4723.651, 4723.75, 4723.76, or 4723.85 of the Revised Code if a criminal records check conducted in accordance with section 4723.091 of the Revised Code indicates that the individual has been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilt for either of the following:
(B) Violating a law of another state, the United States, or another country that is substantially similar to a law described in division (A) of this section.”
Licensure under ORC Section 4723.09 applies to licensure by examination to practice as a registered nurse or as a licensed practical nurse, or (ii) by endorsement to practice nursing as a registered nurse or as a licensed practical nurse. The certificate referred to in ORC Section 4723.651 is a medication aide certificate. The certificate referred to in ORC Section 4723.75 is a certificate to practice as a dialysis technician. The certificate referred to in ORC Section 4723.76 is a certificate to practice as a dialysis technician intern. The certificate referred to in ORC Section 4723.85 is a community health worker certificate.
An individual who has been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or has a judicial finding of guilt for violation of any of the following offenses, or for violating a law of another state, the United States, or another country that is substantially similar to any of the following offences, is ineligible for licensure by examination or by endorsement to practice nursing as a registered nurse or as a licensed practical nurse in Ohio, or for a medication aide certificate, a dialysis technician certificate, a dialysis technician intern certificate, or a community health worker certificate in Ohio:
2903.01 – Aggravated Murder
2903.02 – Murder
2903.03 – Voluntary Manslaughter
2903.11 – Felonious Assault
2905.01 – Kidnapping
2907.02 – Rape
2907.03 – Sexual Battery
2907.05 – Gross Sexual Imposition
2909.02 – Aggravated Arson
2911.01 – Aggravated Robbery
2911.11 – Aggravated Burglary
If you have been convicted of a crime that is Not on this list, you will still be required to disclose the conviction on your application for licensure. The Nursing Board will review each application on a case by case basis and determine if you will be granted a license.
Even if you have been convicted of a crime NOT listed above, the Nursing Board may choose to deny you an Ohio nursing license or may issue you a license on probation or require you to submit to a period of random drug testing when first licensed. Unfortunately, the Nursing Board will not determine if your license will be denied or limited until you complete nursing school and submit an application. So, if you have a conviction on your record, you should carefully consider whether you want to attend nursing school.
As always, if you have any questions about this post or the Ohio Board of Nursing, contact one of the attorneys at the Collis Law Group LLC at 614-486-3909 or go to our website at http://www.collislaw.com for more information.