Wishing to work in California, from another state - page 11

since there have been so many threads started on this, thought that a sticky would answer most questions about this. 1. you must endorse to california, you do not transfer a license. you will... Read More

  1. by   newtress
    May I ask what is meant by "people who don't graduate from a practical nursing program" I'm so lost on that part.
  2. by   sasyone
    Quote from newtress
    May I ask what is meant by "people who don't graduate from a practical nursing program" I'm so lost on that part.
    Hi Newtress, my friend who use to work there and is now in nursing school with me is here spending the night (studying) told me I shouldn't have brought that up in the endorsement area as it doesn't pertain to people coming to CA with a LPN license in another state. But since I brought it up, here's the jist...

    CA is one of the few states (if not the only one) who approves people to sit for the LVN NCLEX not only as a graduate of a LVN school but also through paid experience, foreign education, partial education/paid experience, military. If you go to Pearson Vue's site or see the NCLEX booklet, you can see how many approved CA LVN schools there are compared to other states. She said to imagine all the graduates of those schools plus all the paid experience people applying, CA gets alot of applications daily. Then you add ALOT of people applying from other states who can't qualify in their state because their state doesn't allow paid experience and you get ALOT of applicants. The word gets around that CA licenses paid experience and they all come from other states hoping to get an endorsement back to their original state after CA licenses them. She said to stress ALOT LOL

    Since you have a current LPN license in LA, don't worry about any of this-it doesn't pertain to you and I've learned my lesson to keep on track when trying to answer a question for someone.
    **This is the friend----
    Hi all!!
    CA has a disclaimer that endorsement is not guaranteed if you have a CA license and want to endorse to another state especially if you qualified by means other than graduating from an accredited vocational nursing school. The people who come from other states with paid experience hoping to get a CA license and then endorse that back to their original state are finding it hard or impossible to do. CA sends the qualifying method to the endorsement state with the licensure information so the state sees how you qualified to take the exam (graduate, paid experience, military, etc). For example: Say you live in Oregon and OR will only approve people to sit for the exam if you graduated from a LPN school. You only have paid experience and a couple of classes and you hear CA will approve you to take the test. You apply to CA for their LVN license, take the test, pass and get their LVN license. You never wanted to live in CA, you want to stay in OR so you apply to OR for endorsement as you have a CA license now. CA sends OR your licensure information and also sends them how you qualified (equivalency). OR then has the right to tell you no, they will only accept an endorsement from those licensees who graduated from an approved LVN/LPN school. That is each state's perogative. CA generally will endorse most LPN licensees as long as they are not revoked/citations pending. If they qualified through military, the military person would have to get a transcript showing if they took the short or long program. All others, it's just pretty much the license verification from their licensure state or NURSYS. Good luck. I still have friends that work there and they are swamped with these 3 days off a month. Just keep in mind what I told her to write a few days ago

    application, record of conviction (#7 and #9), photo, high school/GED,fingerprints (preferably livescan IN California), verification either from your state board or NURSYS and the application fee. Send it certified so you know they got it as it has to go through the cashiering area first and since those are locked up until worked on, no one will go checking to see if they received it.
    Once they have reviewed it and received your fingerprint clearance, you will receive a licensing fee letter. You can either return the letter with the fee and you'll receive your license in the mail about 3 weeks later or you can go into their office and pay the fee and ask for a temporary. Temporaries cannot be asked for through mail as you would receive the temp about the same time as the license.
    Hope that helps you to make it smooth sailing for you to get your CA license. Best wishes! Back to studying
    Last edit by sasyone on Jul 25, '09
  3. by   newtress
    Wow, thanx for all the details!
  4. by   sasyone
    No problem. I'm back here babysitting and on my friend's computer. Having worked there, I can tell you that they are swamped and having to take those 3 days off a month is making it worse. Just remember, no matter how frustrated you may be if calling, it's always better to be super nice then to yell (can you tell I had someone that yelled at me today on the phone????). It does honestly get one further. PS my friend who still works there said fees just went up and also told me endorsement applications are processed pretty quickly now and are generally held up by the clearance of the fingerprints.
  5. by   sjessamy
    i am finishing a lpn program in ny in june of next year...and i plan on moving to Ca right after the program is done...is it better to just take the nclex in california and just get licensed there....or take it in NY then try and i guess get it "endorsed" in Cali? What are my options?
  6. by   cspink
    HOw do i find out if my nursing program is part of the NUrsys? i live in arizona..i dont want to drive all the way to sacramento to only find out that my program is not part of nursys..
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    it is the state board of nursing that participates in nursys, not individual schools.

    nurse license verification provides online verification to a nurse requesting to practice in another jurisdiction. after you complete the online process and pay the required fee, verification is immediately available to the jurisdiction(s) applied to.

    click here to view the list of nursys licensure participating boards of nursing.
  8. by   sasyone
    Quote from santhonyj
    i am finishing a lpn program in ny in june of next year...and i plan on moving to Ca right after the program is done...is it better to just take the nclex in california and just get licensed there....or take it in NY then try and i guess get it "endorsed" in Cali? What are my options?

    It's up to you if you want both licenses. My friends at the Board said it is taking approximately 10 weeks to evaluate a new file for the exam and about 3 weeks for endorsement. (depending on fingerprint clearance).
    If you are applying for new licensure (exam), you will need your app, fee, photo, Record of Conviction, fingerprints (hardcards plus fee if outside of CA----completed livescan if residing in CA), official transcript in school sealed envelope and proof of high school graduation (does not need to be sealed--copy of diploma is fine). Out of state (US) LPN graduates of accredited schools are one of the easier apps to do.

    If applying for endorsement, instead of the transcript you would contact your State Board in NY or NURSYS (can't remember if NY is part of NURSYS but I don't think so) for official verification---all else is the same.
  9. by   RNcorazon
    hello
    I need to get a license by endorsment to be able to work in California, right? I got the application and the transcripts from school. I applied online for the finger prints card, it will arrive in 2 weeks. Now how can i make this process a little faster. i am willing to travel to sacramento to get my license in a day...What exactly do I need to bring with me??? I will really appretiate some guidance.
    thank you
  10. by   Yayamaya
    Thanks for posting this!!! I have been trying to contact the California Board of Nurses for days and have not gotten any information.
    My state - Colorado is not part of the Nurys - how will that effect me in wanting to work in California?
    You are not required to take the NCLEX again are you?
  11. by   Yayamaya
    Where does one get the fingerprinting done? Does the fingerprinting card come with the application or how is that obtained?

    Thanks
  12. by   RNcorazon
    I went to LA to do my fingerprints last month. you can go to any office from the list the boards have online. I picked one that was very closed to LAX (airport). The trip was fun but i couldn't stay to complete the process and go to sacramento for the actual license. On my understanding, Once you have completed the live scan, and the nursing verification. one can just go to the office in Sacramento and apply for the a temp license.
  13. by   juan de la cruz
    Quote from Yayamaya
    Where does one get the fingerprinting done? Does the fingerprinting card come with the application or how is that obtained?

    Thanks
    The fingerprint cards come with instructions. The BRN website also gives you some info about how to go about comleting the fingerprint requirement (http://www.rn.ca.gov/applicants/fpinstruct.shtml#manual). I endorsed from a state that does not use Live Scan, hence, I requested for fingerprint cards from CA BRN. There is a company that is authorized to have manual fingerprints done in my home state and I found them through a local law enforcement office. There is a charge for this service. You may have to do the same thing I did.

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