Crimes of moral turpitude
They call these “crimes of moral turpitude,” and these can including things like “endangerment of a child, abduction, aiding suicide, murder, assault, injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person, resisting arrest, and making a terrorist threat. Crimes against property include robbery, burglary and theft.”
But that isn’t even the whole list! Also looked at with a microscope are any crimes relating to “fraud, deception, lying and falsification.”
Is that it? No. Nurse applicants involved in the “delivery, possession, manufacture, or use of, or dispensing or prescribing a controlled substance, dangerous drug, or mood-altering substance” may also have a very hard time, as will any applicants with a pair of DWI/DUI convictions on file.
But like we said, it can be complicated and sometimes that is a good thing. Sometimes having a bad case of moral turpitude in your past doesn’t means the answer will be a blanket “no,” but rather a “let’s evaluate the person’s character and background and make a determination based on that.” So the evaluating state board or school is going to review everyone case by case.
They’ll do a background check, often through the FBI. They’ll look at the crime, the situation around it, your age at the time, the length of time since the conviction, and even whether or not being a nurse might in any way cause you to potentially commit another related crime or potentially put a patient at risk in some way.
But as we said, it is case-by-case. So let’s see how we can improve the odds!