Minnesota Nurse's Future Background Check Will Reveal a Theft Conviction

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A 40-year-old nursing assistant was suspected of stealing money while she was employed at a nursing home in Winnebago, MN. She was charged with misdemeanor theft after stealing money from residents and employees and admitting to it during police questioning. The woman pled guilty in court and faces three months in jail and a $1000 fine. However, her real troubles are just about to begin.

The nursing home management had all the documentation in order, having followed the routine state agency hiring procedure and conducted a criminal background check for this employee, just like all other job applicants. Working with the elderly is just about as sensitive a position as working with children, so no one deemed untrustworthy would ever have been hired.

Things happen sometimes after the employee has been hired, and that's why it's important to conduct random background check repeats for all current employees. Although this nursing assistant had a clean record when hired, that will now change. Now that she's lost her job and was branded as a thief, a couple of bad decisions will follow her around forever, preventing her from ever getting another nursing job.

The above account is based on actual events. A background check may protect peaceful citizens from being deceived and/or harmed by a cunning criminal.

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