Ohio Board of Nursing – Nurses with Criminal Convictions

Post by: Eric Jones | Posted Date: September 10th, 2014 | Categories: Health Care & Businesses, Licensure & Disciplinary

The Ohio Board of Nursing’s top priorities are to (1) efficiently license the nursing workforce and (2) remove dangerous practitioners from practice in a timely manner to protect Ohio patients.

Currently, there are eleven offenses that are automatic bars to obtaining a nursing license for applicants who entered a prelicensure nursing education program after June 1, 2003. This means that the Board of Nursing (Board) is prohibited from issuing a license to a person who has pled guilty to, been convicted of, or has a judicial finding of guilt for one of the offenses listed below. 

  • Aggravated Murder
  • Murder
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Felonious Assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Aggravated Robbery
  • Aggravated Burglary
  • Sexual Battery
  • Gross Sexual Imposition
  • Aggravated Arson
  • or a substantially similar law of another state.

In addition, the Board may propose to deny an application, or place restrictions on a license granted, for a conviction of, a plea of guilty to, a judicial finding of guilt of, a judicial finding of guilt resulting from a plea of no contest to, or a judicial finding of eligibility for intervention in lieu of conviction for the following:

(1) any felony (that is not an absolute bar);
(2) a crime involving gross immorality or moral turpitude;
(3) a misdemeanor drug law violation; or
(4) a misdemeanor in the course of practice. 

If an applicant has a criminal history, the Board conducts a thorough investigation and considers a number of factors, including but not limited to: whether the applicant has made restitution, completed probation and/or otherwise been rehabilitated; the age of the offense; the facts and circumstances underlying the offense; and the total number and pattern of offenses.  

If you have questions about how a criminal conviction may impact your license or other disciplinary actions please contact the Jones Law Group, LLC at (614) 545-9998 or email Eric Jones at ejones@joneslg.com.  All initial consultations are free of charge.



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