I was a RPN (registered practical nurse) in Ontario Canada. I now live in Texas. I am told by the board of LVN's that they do not accept any international training. Does anyone know if there is a way around this?
My second problem is that I would really really like to become a RN. I would love to be able to take the LVN-ADN transition program. But I don't qualify for this as I don't hold a Texas LVN license. I tried contacting a couple of colleges to see about challenging their exams for LVN or taking some courses at their school in order to qualify for a Texas LVN license. They are telling me they do not accept transfer credits and I would have to start from scratch.
I really want to get back into nursing (I really miss it) but I really am hoping that I don't have to start out in school learning how to give bed baths again!
Thank you in advance for any suggestions you may have for me.
Jun 13, '02
Wow...here we are in a nursing shortage and my state won't accept a Canadian LVN????? Makes zero sense to me.....especially when we are importing thousands of foreign trained RN's and THAT seems to be just fine and dandy with everyone...
Are you not allowed to challenge the state board LVN exam?? That seems ridiculous to me.
If you can't, my advice is to check out your local 2 year ADN RN program...it will be very easy for you....or if you are not near a local program, check out Excelsior college ADN distance ed program, because your LVN experience should count towards clinical experience with them. Respiratory therapists and paramedics do well in their program in my experience, as do LVN's.
You could get a job at a hospital say as a monitor tech, or unit secretary, and get the hospital to help with tuition reimbursement as you go through your schooling....most hospitals do this now.
Good luck to you, and welcome to Texas! It's a great place! :roll
Last edit by mattsmom81 on Jun 13, '02