Tennessee to California L.P.N to L.V.N.????

  1. Hello all and thanks for any answers in advance. I have currently had my app in to the Ca. Board for L.V.N.'s for about 2 weeks.Can anyone tell me really how long i can expect the wait to be for them to process my app.? I have no criminal record and no incidents on my nursing license here in Tennessee. I am trying to figure out when i should start sending out resumes and trying to find housing and such. Anyone information about contacts in the San Bernardino area would be greatly appreciated. Housing , employment and such would be a great asset to me . Thanks to any and all for information. Kitty in Tennessee
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   missnurse01
    Hello KITTYTN,

    can't answer you about the board stuff but I grew up in the san berdo mountains and would say that you need to really look at where you are living in the area. San Berdo 2 years ago was not a great place to live, and even had t-shirts printed up because everyone was so proud that they were the murder capital of the us for a couple of years. A little outside of san berdo isn't so bad though, i lived in redlands and it was all right. There are a couple of hosp in san berdo, a major one in loma linda, one in redlands, those are all close. When I was there it was near to impossible to get a job in acute care as an LVN, I drove an hour and a half (each way) just to work on tele. Start looking at the nurse practice act, it may be different then TN. Good luck!
  4. by   Sheri257
    You might also want to be aware of reports that some hospitals are cutting back on LVN's in California, mostly because of the new RN ratio law. They're cutting back on support staff to free up more money to hire RNs. There have been posts about this in the LPN forum and elsewhere.

    As far as housing costs in the San Bernardino area, they've really jumped in the last year, mostly because of the October fires taking out so many homes, and people wanting to buy houses before interest rates jump. After the fires, rents increased as well.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on May 21, '04
  5. by   KITTYTN
    I will take another look at the nurse practice act to check out the differences.I have also been checking out the advertisements in the local newspapers for job offers and have found a few interesting ones so far, I just wasnt sure when to start sending out resumes and stuff. I really thank you for the advice it is much appreciated!!! kittytn
    Quote from missnurse01
    Hello KITTYTN,

    can't answer you about the board stuff but I grew up in the san berdo mountains and would say that you need to really look at where you are living in the area. San Berdo 2 years ago was not a great place to live, and even had t-shirts printed up because everyone was so proud that they were the murder capital of the us for a couple of years. A little outside of san berdo isn't so bad though, i lived in redlands and it was all right. There are a couple of hosp in san berdo, a major one in loma linda, one in redlands, those are all close. When I was there it was near to impossible to get a job in acute care as an LVN, I drove an hour and a half (each way) just to work on tele. Start looking at the nurse practice act, it may be different then TN. Good luck!
  6. by   KITTYTN
    Thanks, I really appreciate all the info.I was not aware of the cutbacks for L.P.N.'s out there but I will definitely check into that.As far as the housing I guess I will start looking a little closer to when the license should be here. It says 8-12 weeks on the website but I heard that they take alot longer than that. I was really more concerned about when to start sending out resumes and stuff. Thanks so much for the advice !! It's good to have and it really does help me out. kittytn

    Quote from lizz
    You might also want to be aware of reports that some hospitals are cutting back on LVN's in California, mostly because of the new RN ratio law. They're cutting back on support staff to free up more money to hire RNs. There have been posts about this in the LPN forum and elsewhere.

    As far as housing costs in the San Bernardino area, they've really jumped in the last year, mostly because of the October fires taking out so many homes, and people wanting to buy houses before interest rates jump. After the fires, rents increased as well.

  7. by   pickledpepperRN
    We have had cutbacks in all state departments. I imagine the LVN board is backlogged.
    Links to LVN Board:
    http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/
    http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/osfacts.htm

    Board of Vocational Nursing
    2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Ste. 205
    Sacramento, CA 95833
    (916) 263-7800

    If you are licensed as a Practical/Vocational Nurse in another U.S. State or Territory, you will be eligible for licensure in California without examination, pursuant to Section 2872.1 of the Business and Professions Code, provided that you present satisfactory proof of a current and valid license as a vocational nurse or practical nurse, or in an equivalent capacity, by another state, a territory of the United States or a foreign country; and you took the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) or the National League for Nursing State Board Test Pool Examination for Practical Nurse (SBTPE), and passed said examination with a score equal to or above the minimum passing score required by the Board. (Licensure exams in other countries do not satisfy this requirement unless the country administers one of the exams listed above.)
    The following items are required to apply for vocational nurse licensure in California by endorsement from another U.S. State or territory:
    Plan Ahead - submit your application early
    Applicants should submit the application and documentation well in advance, and allow a minimum of 10-12 weeks for processing.
    Application for Vocational Nurse Licensure
    Completed in full, signed and dated by the applicant. Call or write the Board to request the appropriate application package.
    Photograph
    All applicants must submit a 2 inch X 2 inch front view, head and shoulders photograph.
    Two Fingerprint Cards
    All applicants are required to submit two completed fingerprint cards and the appropriate processing fees. The Board will submit one fingeprint card to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and one fingerprint card to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    The Board will not issue a license, under any circumstances, until the Board has received the criminal history report back from the DOJ; and the application has been evaluated and approved for licensure. This includes temporary licenses. The DOJ processing time is currently a minimum of 8-12 weeks. Therefore, applicants must keep this in mind when submitting their application.

    Effective November 1, 2000, Applicant Live Scan has been made available to California residents. Non-California residents must continue to use the regular hard card method.
    Fees
    Applications must be accompanied by a check or money order for $131.00. This is a non-refundable fee which covers the application evaluation process and the fingerprint processing fees.

    The Board will not issue a license, under any circumstances, until the Board has received the criminal history report back from the DOJ; and the application has been evaluated and approved for licensure. This includes temporary licenses. The DOJ processing time is currently a minimum of 8-12 weeks. Therefore, applicants must keep this in mind when submitting their application.
    Proof of 12th Grade Education
    All applicants must provide proof of 12th grade education or its equivalent. A high school diploma or GED certificate is acceptable.
    Verification of Licensure
    Verification of Licensure must be received directly from the State Board of Nursing through which the applicant was originally licensed. To expedite processing your application, it is recommended that you contact that State Board as soon as possible regarding a processing fee for completion of this form. Click here for a directory of State Boards of Nursing. Use your browser's "back" button to return to this page.

    If the applicant was originally licensed in the State of California or any other state, and that "original" license has expired, the applicant must also send a Verification of Licensure form to the State Board in which he/she is currently licensed.
    Record of Conviction
    State law provides the Board with the authority to deny licensure to individuals with a Record of Convictions which are substantially related to the practice of Nursing. All applicants are required to complete this form regardless if he/she has been convicted of any crime. Failure to complete this form accurately may delay the processing of an application.
    Current Licensure in Another State
    Applicants that possess a current and valid license in another state other than the original state of licensure, must submit a copy of that current license, showing the expiration date. If the applicant's "original" license has expired, the applicant must also submit a Verification of Licensure from the state in which he/she holds a current license.

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