Schools of nursing are approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) which monitors the quality of education in these institutions. The NCQAC also licenses practical and registered nurses and, therefore, has a legal right to inquire about aspects of your personal life which might impair your ability to practice safely as a licensed nurse.
When you near completion of the Nursing Education Program, you will make application to the NCQAC for your licensing examination. A portion of this application asks you to answer "yes" or "no" to the following questions:
1. Do you have a medical condition which in any way impairs or limits your ability to practice your profession with reasonable skill and safety?
2. Do you currently use chemical substance in any way which impairs or limits your ability to practice your profession with reasonable skill and safety?
3. Have you ever been diagnosed as having or have you ever been treated for pedophilia, exhibitionism, voyeurism, or frotteurism (recurrent pre-occupation with touching a non-consenting person)?
4. Are you currently engaged in the illegal use of controlled substance?
5. Have you ever been convicted, entered a plea of guilty, nolo contendere, or a plea of similar effect, or had prosecution or sentence deferred or suspended in connection with:
a. the use or distribution of controlled substances or legend drugs?
b. a charge of a sex offense?
c. any other crime, other than minor traffic infractions? (Include driving under the influence and reckless driving.)
6. Have you ever been found in any civil administration or criminal proceeding to have:
a. possessed, used, prescribed for use, or distributed controlled substances or legend drugs in any way other than for legitimate or therapeutic purposes, diverted controlled substances or legend drugs, violated any drug law, or prescribed controlled substances for yourself?
7. Have you ever been found in any proceeding to have violated any state or federal law or rule regulating the practice of a health care profession? If "yes" explain and provide copies of all judgments, decisions, and agreements.
8. Have you ever had any license, certificates, registration or other privilege to practice a health care profession denied, revoked, suspended, or restricted by a state, federal, or foreign authority, or have you ever surrendered such credential to avoid, or in connection with, action by such authority?
9. Have you ever been named in any civil suit or suffered any civil judgment of incompetence, negligence or malpractice in connection with practice of a health care profession?
If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, full details must be furnished to the NCQAC. Be sure to tell the truth and contact the Commission early to determine their requirements.
The laws of Washington do not allow community college programs to discriminate in their admission process based on difficulties in any of the areas covered by these questions. Consequently, it is possible that you could be admitted to, and successfully complete, our program and still not be eligible for licensure.
The NCQAC will not discuss the possible action it might take regarding your eligibility for licensure until you apply for the exam. Therefore, if you have any concerns regarding these questions, it is recommended that you discuss them with the Program Coordinator prior to entering the Nursing Program.