KOKH Fox 25 in Oklahoma reported a recent change in the law allowing convicted criminals of offenses such as assault, battery and first degree robbery to work in nursing homes as long as it was seven years before employment. However, convictions for rape, child abuse, murder or kidnapping would still be considered unemployable offenses. Industry apologists wrote the law including Rebecca Moore, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers. Rep. Jeannie McDaniel authored HB2582 with the intention of creating a fingerprinting system that could perform background checks on prospective nursing home employees using numerous national databases.
With the fingerprinting program, employers can look up applicants’ history on national sex offender registries, child care restrictive registries as well as nurse aid registries. If an applicant commits any crime inside or outside of Oklahoma especially involving long-term care facilities, the check will pick up on it. If an applicant gets hired regardless of whether they have an employable offense, will be ultimately up to the employer at the nursing home.