Quote from chris_at_lucas
Is it just me, or does it seem odd that in California, LVN's with experience can challenge the RN boards, as if being an LVN is the same as an RN, but Excelsior grads who can't sit for the boards unless they can prove they can function as an RN won't be allowed to practice, even though they have met the same evaluation standards as the ADN's who graduate from traditional California schools.
There seems to be a lot of confusion here. As Vsummer1 pointed out, you don't automatically become an RN if you pass the LVN challenge exams in California.
LVN's don't challenge the RN boards. What they're doing is taking exams to demonstrate competence in some of the basic nursing courses, so they can save some school time. The idea is to give LVN's some credit for their knowledge and experience.
If they pass all of the challenge exams and meet all of the other requirements, LVN's can save, for example, one year out of a two year ADN program. But they still have to attend nursing school, usually for at least one year.
So you don't, by any means, automatically become an RN in California if you pass the LVN challenge exams.
Just FYI, about 50 percent of the LVN's who take the challenge exams for my ADN program don't pass and end up having to do the two years anyway. So, I assume these challenge exams must be pretty tough.
This is my understanding of how it works at my school, but it's always best to check and verify the details with the school you plan to attend and, of course, the BORN.