In the state of Illinois, nurses are governed by the Illinois Department of Public Health – and there are some crimes that make you ineligible to work as a nurse. Here’s what you need to know about working as a nurse in Illinois if you’re convicted of a crime.
Can You Work as a Nurse in Illinois if You’re Convicted of a Crime?
Traffic tickets and minor crimes are often not a big deal when you want to be a nurse in Illinois. However, healthcare workers may not be convicted of certain crimes; in some cases, they must obtain waivers to work in healthcare, and in others, they’re permanently ineligible.
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Convictions That Prevent You From Working as a Nurse in Illinois
If you’ve been convicted of any of the following crimes, you are not eligible to work as a nurse in Illinois. However, you may be able to seal the crimes and then work in healthcare. These are the convictions that make you ineligible to work as a nurse:
- Aggravated stalking
- Armed violence
- Burglary (including residential burglary)
- Cannabis or controlled substance offenses
- Child abduction
- Criminal drug conspiracy
- Criminal trespass to a residence
- Cruelty to children
- Domestic battery
- Endangering the life or health of a child
- Forcible detention
- Home invasion
- Manufacture, delivery or possession with intent
- Methamphetamine violations
- Practicing nursing without a license
- Receiving, selling or using a stolen credit card
- Reckless discharge of a firearm
- Retail theft
- Tampering with food, drugs or cosmetics
- Unlawful restraint
- Unlawful use of a weapon
- Vehicular hijacking
If you’re a healthcare worker accused of any of these crimes, you should talk to an attorney immediately. If you’re convicted, you may be barred from working in healthcare – and that means you could lose your job and have to find an entirely new line of work. Although there’s no guarantee on how a judge will rule (or if you’ll be convicted or found not guilty), your attorney can help you get the best possible outcome in your case.
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