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BON Issues Guidance on Impact of Criminal Convictions on Registration of Medication Aides

BON Issues Guidance on Impact of Criminal Convictions on Registration of Medication Aides

Certain criminal convictions may prevent registration of medication aides in Virginia. Criminal convictions may also prohibit employment in certain health care settings, including nursing centers and assisted living facilities, according to new guidance from the Board of Nursing.

The guidance, which was revised this month and published as Guidance Document: 90-59 provides information for persons interested in becoming a Registered Medication Aide (and massage therapists). It clarifies how convictions and other past history may affect the application process and subsequent registration by the Board of Nursing. It also clarifies the criminal convictions that prohibit employment in nursing home facilities, home care organizations, hospice programs, and assisted living facilities, and identifies what is commonly referred to as “barrier crimes.”