What Felony Can Stop A Felon From Working In A Hospital Or Nursing Home As A CNA?

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The laws concerning licensing requirements for certified nursing assistants (CNA) can vary from state to state, but a few rules are very consistent across the board. If you been convicted of any kind of felony assault or abuse you will not be able to work in any nursing home or hospital. Other non-violent felonies are sometimes considered on a case by case basis, but as a general rule of thumb, felons are not allowed to work in nursing homes and hospitals.

The state of Texas for example has the following requirements to be a registered in good standing ready and eligible for work CNA license. The applicant must have all of the educational requirements required for the CNA license and not be found guilty at any time of any charge of resident abuse, neglect, or misappropriation. Clearly this law also covers individuals who have been convicted of even a misdemeanor charge involving any of those offenses.

Non-violent felony convictions such as DUI are even frowned upon in most states, as they show a lack of accountability and poor decision making, traits that are needed when working in a nursing home or hospital. But there are a few states that may let a felon with a conviction of this type work in one of their facilities.

In short, in the vast majority of states here, any felony conviction will exclude you from working in a nursing home or hospital. Even a misdemeanor assault or neglect charge in the past may also put you on the list of excluded workers and prevent you from being included on that state's registry of eligible workers in the health care industry. If you want to work in health care, be certain to keep a clean record and keep yourself out of situations that could do harm to your career.
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I have a vehicular assault which is a felony.  I have worked in an ECG and hospital.  To answer the questions asked requarding felons in healthcare, there are certain felony convictions that will keep you from being able to get a non-licence or licences health care professional license., I.e. Cna, lpn, registered nurse etc.  Your states dol website usually have a list of crimes that will prohibit you from going into these fields.  Other felony convictions will require a formal hearing by your states licencing agency.  Chances are if you kept your yourself out of trouble and some time has passed, you will have no problem.  Check though before you start your long and spendy education towards a career in healthcare.  I know this all by personal experience so I hope it helped in answering so questions.  Good luck and watch what you wish for :)
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I committed a third degree felony and I was bless to get my job in the hospital.
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I got a armed robbery charge when I was 15 years old I am almost 27 now do you think I could obtain a cna degree in Iowa state
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I have a felony for over 3yrs now .do think that I could ever work back as a cna.
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I would say any kind of felony.  They are usually very safe on who they hire and do not allow felons to work in the medical field.  Yet, that is kind of discrimination if you ask me.  I would say if it has to deal with fraud, neglect, or any type of abuse then one would totally be banned from working in the health care field.  I guess it depends on the company and the felon, etc.
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I was hired at a hospital. I have a felony that I committed 14 years ago. The hospital told me that they only went back ten years for my background check. I was honest and told them the truth so they are giving me a chance. I work for a very reputable hospital.
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I have a friend who has aggravated assault charges more than ten years ago from two women jumping her and her having a weapon when the police came to the scene. Will she be able to become a cna?

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