conviction may prevent you
from receiving a Nevada nursing
license or nursing assistant certificate
Even if you receive a nursing
license or nursing assistant certificate,
you may not be allowed to work
in several types of health care settings
The Nevada State Board of Nursing requires all applicants
for nursing licenses and nursing assistant certificates to answer five screening
questions. These questions address criminal convictions, discipline in another
state, chemical dependency, and medical and mental health conditions. In
addition, all applicants must submit their fingerprints for an FBI and State of
Nevada criminal background check.
Question #2 reads: Have
you ever had a criminal conviction, including a misdemeanor or felony, or had a
civil judgment rendered against you? If the answer is YES, you must attach to
this application the following:
a. A letter of explanation including the date of offense,
circumstances leading to the arrest, actual conviction, sentence, additional
convictions and current status of sentence;
b. Copies of court documents identifying actual conviction
and sentence and current status of sentence (i.e. all fines paid in full, etc).
If no documents are available, a letter from the court stating such;
c. FBI and State of Nevada fingerprint reports;
d. A letter from Parole/Probation Officer regarding
completion of sentence, if applicable; and
points to remember if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime
if you have been told a conviction has been expunged, sealed, dismissed,
could have been convicted even if you didn’t spend any time in jail.
convictions include misdemeanors and felonies.
you answered “NO” to Question #2 and the Board finds you have a conviction,
application will be denied as a fraudulent application.
you answered “YES” to Question #2 and do not attach the required documents,
your application will not be considered by the Board until you provide the documents.
Board staff may clear your application and may grant you a
license or certificate, if
have a minor event, minor traffic-related matters, minor criminal citations,
and/or juvenile offenses that occurred with seven years before application; or
have three minor events that occurred between seven and ten years before
§ you have multiple minor events that occurred more than ten years before application.
staff will bring your application before the Board for acceptance or
denial if you have more than one criminal conviction within the last seven years or
if you have a felony.
You will receive written notice regarding the date the Board will consider your
application. You may appear before the Board to present information on your
rehabilitation and reasons you believe the Board should accept your application.
At that time, the Board may deny your application, which is reported as a
disciplinary action, or the Board may accept your application, granting you a
license or certificate, possibly with restrictions.
staff will deny your application if you have any of the eight convictions
voluntary manslaughter or mayhem;
with intent to kill or commit sexual assault or mayhem;
assault, statutory sexual seduction, incest, lewdness, indecent exposure or any
other sexually related crime (including prostitution);
or neglect of a child or contributory delinquency;
violation of federal or state law regulating the possession, distribution or use
of any controlled substance or any dangerous drug as defined in Chapter 454 of
NRS, within the past seven years.
violation of any provision of NRS 200.5099 or 200.50955, which outlines abuse,
neglect, and exploitation of an older person;
offense involving fraud, theft, embezzlement, burglary, robbery, fraudulent
conversion or misappropriation of property, within the immediately preceding
seven years; or
other felony involving the use of a firearm or other deadly weapon, within the
immediately preceding seven years.
written notice that Board staff has denied your application, you can appeal the
denial by sending a certified letter to the Board requesting a review by the
Board. This must be done within 30 days after the denial notice is mailed to
you. If the Board upholds the staff denial, it will be reported as a
disciplinary action. If the Board overturns the staff denial, you will receive a
license or certificate, possibly with restrictions, after you have met all other
For questions on the Nevada State Board of Nursing’s
laws, regulations and policies regarding applicants with criminal convictions,
please call toll free 1-888-590-6726.
you have one of the criminal convictions listed above (1-8) and the Nevada State
Board of Nursing grants you a license or certificate, the Nevada State Health
Division will not allow you to work in any capacity in a facility for
intermediate care, facility for skilled nursing, home health care, or a
residential facility for groups.
For questions about the type of health care facilities in which you may work, please call the Nevada State Division of Health, Bureau of Licensure and Certification, in Carson City at 775-687-4475 and in Las Vegas at 702-486-6515.