protocol to challenge board to become RN - page 2

I am an LVN and have been for 12+ years. I have recently heard that I could challenge the board (with my years of work experience) and once approved I could sit for the RN boards. Does anyone know... Read More

  1. by   misscelly
    Hello All,

    I personally know someone who challenged the board (here in CA), to become an RN. She was a CNA for many many years, set for the RN licensure exam, passed and became a RN.

    Misscelly
  2. by   egglady
    Not likely. I have been a LPN for 15 years, I could NOT fathom "challenging" the RN boards. I have not had the education to become a RN. Give me a break. RN's have a title that they have EARNED, so do LPN's, and CNA's. GO to school, get the education and EARN it...
  3. by   caliotter3
    The only CNAs who took the RN boards in CA that I ever heard of held a BSN degree and RN license from the Philippines. They were working as CNAs while getting their act together to take the RN boards. But there is a provision on the RN application for people who are not graduates of an RN program to take the Boards. Like everything else I would suppose that one would have to find out from the Board what the stipulations are.
  4. by   sunray12
    I don’t see why some people on this board get their feathers so ruffled about this issue. This is an old thread but at the time that OP started it, she states that she had 12 years of LPN experience which is certainly a sufficient amount of time in which s/he could have acquired enough knowledge to “test in” to the RN license. If the law in her state has a provision which allowed her to do this then there is no reason why she shouldn’t take this option to get her RN if she can pass the requisite test(s).

    I’ve seen one poster after another state that they didn’t learn much of anything in nursing school and all their learning began on the job after school. In a hands on profession such as nursing, I’d be all for a licensing process where people had the option of learning on the job and then passing an exam for a license instead of spending years flubbing through textbooks that have very little to do with the day to day work that nurses do once they are licensed.
  5. by   itsdakine
    You can challenge the LVN Boards in California but only with military training and you can do a 30 credit plan in CA, and you can sit for the RN Boards. If you pass that license can only be used in california.
  6. by   cdelmendo
    post military trying to challenge the RN board... is it possible?

    post military can only challenge the "LVN" board not the RN board??
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Jun 8, '10
  7. by   Batman25
    Quote from cdelmendo
    post military trying to challenge the RN board... is it possible?
    Call your state BON. I believe you will have to complete about 30 credits to sit for the exam. You can bang that out in a year. Good luck.
  8. by   smartnurse1982
    Quote from misscelly
    Hello All,

    I personally know someone who challenged the board (here in CA), to become an RN. She was a CNA for many many years, set for the RN licensure exam, passed and became a RN.

    Misscelly
    How can a cna possibly get the hands on training,skills,and critical thinking to challenge the rn boards?
  9. by   caliotter3
    Quote from smartnurse1982
    How can a cna possibly get the hands on training,skills,and critical thinking to challenge the rn boards?
    Possibly could have been a foreign-trained RN who had not passed the boards in that time. We had an LVN where I used to work who could not pass the RN boards to save her own life. Her multiple attempts were legendary in the nursing circles in that area.
  10. by   smartnurse1982
    Ok,makes more sense.
  11. by   txspadequeenRN
    i am almost quite positive that in the united states no one can "challenge" the nclex-rn... however, in ca a cna can with the right experience and i think a pharm course can challenge the lvn exam (scary huh).....

    Quote from smartnurse1982
    how can a cna possibly get the hands on training,skills,and critical thinking to challenge the rn boards?
  12. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from misscelly
    Hello All,

    I personally know someone who challenged the board (here in CA), to become an RN. She was a CNA for many many years, set for the RN licensure exam, passed and became a RN.

    Misscelly
    I know that I am responding to an older post, but the reality is that CNAs cannot challenge the board to become RNs in California. They can challenge the board to become LVNs/LPNs, but not RNs. I hope that my post clears up a few misconceptions about becoming an RN through challenging the boards (hint: it doesn't exist).
  13. by   chare
    at one time west virginia allowed former service members to write either the nclex rn or nclex pn based upon military occupational specialty, education, and experience. however, if you were to obtain licensure by this method, it is extremely doubtful that you would be able to endorse your license to any other state until such time as you completed the appropriate educational program.

    the following was copied from west virginia legislature's west virginia code: chapter 30, professions and occupations, article 24, qualifications of armed forces health technicians for civilian health occupations:
    30-24-2. qualification for examination for license as a registered professional nurse.
    any person who has served on active duty in the medical corps of any of the armed forces of the united states and who has successfully completed the course of instruction required to qualify him for rating as a medical specialist advanced, medical service technician or advanced hospital corpsman technician, or other equivalent rating in his particular branch of the armed forces, and whose service in the armed forces was under honorable conditions, may submit to the west virginia board of examiners for registered professional nurses, a photostatic copy of the certificate issued to him certifying successful completion of such course of instruction, a photostatic copy of his discharge from the armed forces, an application for a license as a registered professional nurse and the prescribed license fee.

    if the certificate and discharge, as evidenced by the photostatic copies thereof, the application and prescribed license fee are in order, and if the veteran meets all of the requirements of article seven of this chapter, except the requirement therein specified requiring an applicant to have completed an accredited program of registered professional nursing education and to hold a diploma from a school accredited by such board, the veteran shall be permitted, notwithstanding any provision of said article seven to the contrary, to take the same examination or examinations as are required under section six of said article seven for applicants who do not apply for a license under the provisions of this article twenty-four. if the veteran passes such examination or examinations, he shall be licensed as a registered professional nurse, and such veteran shall thereafter be subject to all of the provisions of said article seven. if the veteran does not pass such examination or examinations, the provisions of said article seven relating to reexaminations shall apply to such veteran the same as they apply to a person who does not apply for a license under the provisions of this article twenty-four.

    30-24-3. qualification for examination for license as a licensed practical nurse.
    any person who has served on active duty in the medical corps of any of the armed forces of the united states and who has successfully completed the course of instruction required to qualify him for rating as a medical specialist advanced, medical service technician, advanced hospital corpsman technician, medical corpsman, medical service specialist or class a hospital corpsman, or other equivalent rating in his particular branch of the armed forces, and whose service in the armed forces was under honorable conditions, may submit to the west virginia state board of examiners for licensed practical nurses, a photostatic copy of the certificate issued to him certifying successful completion of such course of instruction, a photostatic copy of his discharge from the armed forces, an application for license as a licensed practical nurse and the prescribed fee.

    if the certificate and discharge, as evidenced by the photostatic copies thereof, the application and prescribed fee are in order, and if the veteran meets all of the requirements of article seven-a of this chapter, except the requirements therein specified requiring an applicant to have completed a course of study in an accredited school for practical nurses as defined by such board, to hold a diploma therefrom and to have completed such other general educational requirements as may be prescribed by such board, the veteran shall be permitted, notwithstanding any provision of said article seven-a to the contrary, to take the same examination or examinations as are required under section six of said article seven-a for applicants who do not apply for a license under the provisions of this article twenty- four. if the veteran passes such examination or examinations, he shall be licensed as a licensed practical nurse, and such veteran shall thereafter be subject to all of the provisions of said article seven-a. if the veteran does not pass such examination or examinations, the provisions of said article seven-a relating to reexaminations (by cross reference to section six, article one of this chapter) shall apply to such veteran the same as they apply to a person who does not apply for a license under the provisions of this article twenty-four.
    you would need to contact the west virginia board of examiners for registered professional nurses to determine if your classification qualifies.

    i hope this information was helpful.

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