CA RN to FL RN

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    Hello! I just recently passed the NCLEX-RN in CA and I'm in the process of applying for licensure by reciprocity here in FL. I did the application online, submitted my payment then when I logged back into my account, it gave me additional instructions/documents required for the completion of my application. This includes 2 fingerprint cards, license verification, & education credentialing. I'm a bit confused about the education credentialing.

    It said, "The Board of Nursing requires you to have your nursing education evaluated by an approved credentialing agency for
    examination candidates. Request the nursing or healthcare profession & science course-by-course credentials review.
    You are responsible for all fees charged by these services."

    Approved credential review services include CGFNS. However, when I tried to purchase a credential evaluation service from cgfns, it said that the FL Board of Nursing doesn't require CES for Licensure by Endorsement. And it won't let me proceed any further. Also, as I read the above instructions over and over again regarding the education credentialing, it said "The Board of Nursing requires you to have your nursing education evaluated by an approved credentialing agency for examination candidates." Judging from the way it was stated, it seemed to me that the credential evaluation only applies to persons who are just about to take the NCLEX exam. I'm a BSN grad from the Philippines by the way that's why it also made sense to have my credentials re-evaluated. So has anyone been through this? Does anyone have any opinion or input about this? I'm trying to rush into getting a FL RN license asap so I could already work at a hospital so any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    Hello ajackrn,
    I'm a new RN located in Tennessee and hold a multistate license. I too am in the process of gathering everything I need to apply for my RN license in Florida. The first thing I did was contact the Florida Board of Nursing call center at 1-850-488-0595. They told me that since I already hold a license that I'd be applying for a RN license by Endorsement.

    Instructions were as follows: Go to the website FLhealthsource.com to download the license by endorsement application. Once you download the application, all of the instructions are clearly outlined and it tells you everything you need to do.

    The two finger print cards need to be of the type FD258
    There are instuctions to a website to do a profile and print out a barcode to be sent in with the finger print cards. The profile is free.

    FL also requires that you complete a 2 hour prevention of medication errors course. They use CEBroker.com to track your CEU's through www.nurse.com. Nurse.com is only 39.99 a year for a membership to unlimited CEU's and required FL courses.

    Also, since you are licensed in CA, you should be able to use www.Nursys.com which will provide the verification of your current nursing license to the Florida Board of Nursing. The cost for it is $30.

    The instructions for downloading the RN/LVN license by Endorsement application were to log onto FLhealthsource.com.

    You will see 5 blue boxes. Click on the box that says licensed provider.

    On the next page, in the smaller box on the top right, use the down key and select Nursing. Then click GO.

    Next page- Apply for License- Click on RN license

    Then click Forms

    There you will find RN/LVN by Endorsement download. It's 19 pages.

    Follow instructions and mail back.

    Best of luck to you in this process. I'm going through it myself. I would read the instructions carefully as there is something about timing with the verification through Nursys. It may only stay in the system for 30 days. If not there when the Florida Board of Nursing is looking for it, you may be responsible for an additional $30. Just read carefully.

    Again, Best of luck to you. What part of Florida are you desiring to work and live. I'll be in the Daytona/Ormond Beach area.
    Last edit by ndsky on Oct 1, '11
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    what hospitals is everyone looking at to applying to?
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    Quote from ndsky
    Hello ajackrn,
    I'm a new RN located in Tennessee and hold a multistate license. I too am in the process of gathering everything I need to apply for my RN license in Florida. The first thing I did was contact the Florida Board of Nursing call center at 1-850-488-0595. They told me that since I already hold a license that I'd be applying for a RN license by Endorsement.

    Instructions were as follows: Go to the website FLhealthsource.com to download the license by endorsement application. Once you download the application, all of the instructions are clearly outlined and it tells you everything you need to do.

    The two finger print cards need to be of the type FD258
    There are instuctions to a website to do a profile and print out a barcode to be sent in with the finger print cards. The profile is free.

    FL also requires that you complete a 2 hour prevention of medication errors course. They use CEBroker.com to track your CEU's through www.nurse.com. Nurse.com is only 39.99 a year for a membership to unlimited CEU's and required FL courses.

    Also, since you are licensed in CA, you should be able to use www.Nursys.com which will provide the verification of your current nursing license to the Florida Board of Nursing. The cost for it is $30.

    The instructions for downloading the RN/LVN license by Endorsement application were to log onto FLhealthsource.com.

    You will see 5 blue boxes. Click on the box that says licensed provider.

    On the next page, in the smaller box on the top right, use the down key and select Nursing. Then click GO.

    Next page- Apply for License- Click on RN license

    Then click Forms

    There you will find RN/LVN by Endorsement download. It's 19 pages.

    Follow instructions and mail back.

    Best of luck to you in this process. I'm going through it myself. I would read the instructions carefully as there is something about timing with the verification through Nursys. It may only stay in the system for 30 days. If not there when the Florida Board of Nursing is looking for it, you may be responsible for an additional $30. Just read carefully.

    Again, Best of luck to you. What part of Florida are you desiring to work and live. I'll be in the Daytona/Ormond Beach area.
    Thanks for the tips! CA actually is a non-participant of Nursys. My license would pop up on the quickconfirm but not on the verfication for licensure by endorsement. So unfortuantely, I had to pay CA $60 for the license verification to be sent directly to FL. I did my licensure application online and have already submitted my fingerprint cards as well. Just waiting for the my background check and license verfication to finish. Hopefully it won't take long. I'm in the Jacksonville area btw.
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    Hi ajackrn. Where in the Philippines were you from, if you don't mind? I am a 2007 graduate from PI too, and currently applying for an Endorsement here in FL from CA as well
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    Quote from val_mee
    Hi ajackrn. Where in the Philippines were you from, if you don't mind? I am a 2007 graduate from PI too, and currently applying for an Endorsement here in FL from CA as well
    I'm from Manila. Where in FL are you?
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    I see Will be staying in Tampa in the next few months. You from Jacksonville? Is there any news from your application yet? I'll forward mine early next week.
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    Quote from val_mee
    I see Will be staying in Tampa in the next few months. You from Jacksonville? Is there any news from your application yet? I'll forward mine early next week.
    Yeah. Everything's good. They're just waiting for the licensure verification from CA. I assume I should be getting my license on the first week of next month.
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    Hi! We're you able to get your license already? I'm also planning to get mine. Where do I start? I'm still here in Ca but maybe be moving to Fl. in the next month. What's your advice for me to do or get while I'm still here, so i'll be able to get a reciprocity for floridalicense. Thank you
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    Florida was super quick. I got my license in a week!
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