I have a 12 yr old misdemeanor for shoplifting that was expunged 9 years ago. I have just been offered a position as a nurse extern at a hospital. I still have a year left of school in order to apply for my RN license which I have been told will be no problem due to the time since the incident and my work history since has been excellent.
From what I have been reading up on as to California law and expungement, I am confused as to whether I have to disclose the conviction if it was expunged on the papework I will soon be filling out at the hospital. I understand I will have to disclose it when I apply for my nursing license with the State of California in another year after finishing school, but am unsure what to put on the application for this position since it does not require me to have my license.
I am not sure what records the hospital will access when running their background check and if I should check no or yes on their question "have you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony" should I check no because it was expunged and will they think I lied on my paperwork if it comes up in the background check, or should I check yes and disclose it even though it was expunged? I hope to be able to work this position and stay on after I do get my license in another year. Your advice would be appreciated. It makes me anxious thinking about both and dealing with the consequences of a stupid 12 year mistake.[/u]