I live in Atlanta... My conferral date from Excelsior Lpn to RN program was Nov. 2010... After gathering on the required documents, getting finger printed in all of that. I applied to take the Nclex with GA bon January 1, 2011... The Ga Bon sent me correspondence on January 27 ,stating I needed to submit the verification of employment form to the employers I'd put down on my application to test. I'd sent in the required docs when I sent in my app to test, but i felt like it would be a pointless waste of time to argue that, so this time I drove all the way to Macon with the papers to make sure they got them. Never the less, it took serve[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]ral phone calls to the bon before i received my ATT on March 16, I guess n the scheme of things, 6 to 8 weeks was not that long to wait. I took and passed the RN nclex on the first try April 15, 2011. ( I still have all my emails and things from this whole ordeal so i know the exact dates lol) After 3 weeks of constantly checking the BON website to see if my licence was issued or if my status was updated,and NOTHING, I decided to call. (I remember after passing the lpn boards it only took 2 or 3 days and my license was issued). Well finally, I received an email on May 25 2011 stating, This is actual email :
Subject: Application for Registered Professional Nurse Application#
The Georgia Board of Nursing reviewed your application for licensure at its recent meeting. After careful consideration of your application and supporting documents, the Board determined that you must complete a 150 hour preceptor ship (75 hours OB, 75 hours, PSYCH). The guidelines are attached.
If you have questions concerning your application, you may contact the Board office at 478 207-2440.
Georgia Board of Nursing
I did not say before, but My good friend whom graduated from Excelsior as well ( about 8 months before me), and took the Nxclex the same day with me, Received her RN on May 5, 2011. However she had hospital experience and I did not. But never the less, I still sent the BON an email. Here it is:
Dear Crystal Wallach:
While I respect the boards decision, I do not agree with it. As a Lpn working in the field I have gained significant psychiatric experience. I have worked with individuals, diagnosis with psychiatric disorders from peds to young adults to geriatrics.
As a Lpn for " " Healthcare in their inpatient facility, I've gained significant psychiatric experience, along with med surg experience. I have worked with individuals, who suffer from Alzheimer's, dementia, various types of schizophrenia, bi polar disorder,to those suffering from hallucinations and delusions. I have worked closely with patients who were in psychiatric crisis. I have dispensed psychiatric medications per physicians orders. As a nurse I have had to watch for adverse side affects of the meds and I 've also had to assess the patients progress, and document nurse notes in the patients chart.
As a Lpn for the " " County School System, I've also worked closely with students, whom suffer from various psychiatric disorders. During the school year I am usually the only nurse on campus and provide care, to not only students with physical disabilities, but I also provide care to student suffering with psychiatric disorders such as ADHA, Personality disorders, Behavior disorders and more. During school hours, as the school nurse, I alone administer and dispense psychiatric medications to my students per physicians orders. Whenever the students go into a psychiatric crisis such as acting out, screaming out, uncontrolled crying or trying to hurt themselves or others, the students are escorted to my office. I am in charged of assessing the students and making the appropriate referrals. I, also work closely with the school counselors to come up with 504 plans for these students. Additionally, as a school nurse for the " " County Schools system, I have gained OB experience. I've work with pregnant students. Again I work closely with the school counselor to come come up with 504 plans for these students. I work closely with the student's physicians and, the students during school hours to assure they are in stable condition while at school. I also work closely with the [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]" " County Health Department to monitor student nutritional needs and have referred several of our pregnant teen to the WIC program.
In addition to my work experience, I also have formal training in PSYCH and OB. This educational experience came from my clinical rotations at Grady hospital, and Georgia Regional Hospital, while attending " "Technical College. A Practical Nursing program approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.
Mrs. Wallach I am not sure of the next step I need to take to dispute this matter. I would be very grateful if you could contact me, as soon as you have the time, and let me know what further action I can take.
Thank you so much,
LPN/ Graduate Nurse
Well unfort[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]unitly my email didn't make a difference, I was still required to do the hours. Well trying to get these hours done would certing be a great challenge... I will type part 2 tomorrow