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State of New Jersey qualification of nursing applicants who have been convicted of a crime

 STATE OF NEW JERSEY QUALIFICATION OF NURSING APPLICANTS WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A DRUG RELATED CRIME:  The formulation and implementation of admission policies to schools of basic Professional Nursing is the responsibility of each Nursing school’s faculty and administration. The New Jersey Board of Nursing recommends that in regard to these admission standards, a school policy should be developed informing applicants that anyone who has ever been convicted of a drug related crime may not be permitted to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX); and therefore, may not be licensed to practice in the State of New Jersey. According to J.J.S.A. 45:ll-26 and 27 of the Nurse Practice Act, in pertinent part, an applicant for a license to practice Professional and Practical Nursing “…is of good moral character, is not a habitual user of drugs and has never been convicted of drug related offenses or who indicated a dependency on narcotic drugs, should not be counseled into a profession which provides such a vast opportunity for a remission in their rehabilitation.”

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