i was curious if someone who has their name on a child abuse registry can get their license in nursing. The incident was over 10 years ago, and the person involved was called on because she was going through a nasty separation with her husband. The husband called CPS in an attempt to gain favor in the eyes of the court. He did not get the kids, however the wifes name was placed on the registry because she spanked the child and left a red mark. The husband admitted on record that he had only called to get back at the wife for leaving him, not because he ever believed his child was in any danger. The wife was a CNA and always worked with children, and now wants to go back to nursing school. I believe there is abuse and their is discipline, what she did was discipline her child and the husband pounced at the advice of his family. She has contacted the BON in her state and they assure her that since she has no criminal record she would be ok. She just will not take the chance out of fear. No criminal histroy, no arrests, never appeared before a judge, no convictions. Worked as a CNA since she was 18, incident happened when she was 24, has worked as a childcare provider in her home since. Is highly regarded within her community. Very involved with school functions, and her 4 children are healthy happy individuals whom she has worked very hard to care. She is also in the process of trying to have her name removed. Once she gets the report, she has to write letters and provide information as to why her name should be removed. She was also advised by the BON to look at the minutes in her state, and when we looked that up, we found that several felony convictions of child neglect, endangerment, DUIs even a case where a man had been charged with child molestation but later had the charges dropped was permitted to sit for the test, with the stipulation that some be on probation, and some be supervised for a period of time. Even after reading all this, she is still scared.
Any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
You can't put someone on a registry without them first having been convicted no matter what the situation. If she has no criminal history, misdeameaners, felonies, etc. she won't have a problem. But it sounds like she had to have been charged and found guilty to have her name on a registry. If this was not the case and she was not convicted she should first seek legal help to get her name removed. if her name is on a list of this type most state boards will deny licensure, and others may allow her to explain the circumstances and make their decsion based on her explanation, which could still and probably will be a denial. Nurses can now lose their license in most states for not reporting even suspected child abuse