CGFNS Requirements

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    Hello,

    I'm an Australian RN and currently living in the USA with my husband(American). I've been trying to go through CGFNS for 6months now. I've now recently found out that I may need additional clinical hours in midwifery in order to get my visascreen which is required to get my nursing license in Kentucky. Is there anybody who's managed to get clinical hours without returning to their home country or know of a way to achieve this?

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    You do not need visa screen certificate as that is only required if main applicant for immigrant work visa. Usually it is a CES or some other form of assessment of transcripts that is required by the state BON. You could contact local nursing schools to see if you can obtain requirements as a guest student to meet state requirements.
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    Quote from Silverdragon102
    You do not need visa screen certificate as that is only required if main applicant for immigrant work visa. Usually it is a CES or some other form of assessment of transcripts that is required by the state BON. You could contact local nursing schools to see if you can obtain requirements as a guest student to meet state requirements.
    Unfortunately it IS required in order for me to work in the state of Kentucky. The Kentucky Board of Nursing requires that all foreign educated applicants seeking license have a visascreen certificate.
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    Thanks for explaining they must be one of the only states that do it most just require CES or some other form of course evaluation. It looks like they only require it if not already licensed in another state.
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    Quote from Silverdragon102
    Thanks for explaining they must be one of the only states that do it most just require CES or some other form of course evaluation. It looks like they only require it if not already licensed in another state.
    ...actually, they also do require it too for any foreign trained nurse endorsing a license form another state within the US. Their requirement is pretty unusual.
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    Quote from juan de la cruz
    ...actually, they also do require it too for any foreign trained nurse endorsing a license form another state within the US. Their requirement is pretty unusual.
    Interesting cos I just looked and can't see anything for endorsement however it just states if not already licensed in a US state then visa screen is required
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    thanks I could see that when I looked
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    Quote from jehnsenigoe
    Hello,

    I'm an Australian RN and currently living in the USA with my husband(American). I've been trying to go through CGFNS for 6months now. I've now recently found out that I may need additional clinical hours in midwifery in order to get my visascreen which is required to get my nursing license in Kentucky. Is there anybody who's managed to get clinical hours without returning to their home country or know of a way to achieve this?
    Re CGFNS it's a good idea to get onto it early ..... they seem to take an extraordinary amount of time to process. They are a monopoly and can behave as they like. Customers pay a large amount of money with these people and frequently receive the most appalling level of service from these people. I really don't care how overworked they might be .... they are a business and are supposed to be able to provide an efficient service.

    Several years ago, I had planned to work in the US. I applied to a certain state .... everything was in order. CGFNS then took six months to issue a report to the state board. My application period expired with the state as it was over a year.
    Now ....when I could see they were taking such a long time issuing the report .... I sent a total of five letters and two emails. I also wrote to the manager of CGFNS. I didn't receive a single reply from any of these letters.
    Then ...becoming desperate .... I filed a complaint with the BBB.
    The outcome of the BBB complaint was CGFNS refunded the money they overcharged me when I paid for my initial order (about $50). That was it. They never communicated with me nor replied to the BBB.
    So I missed out on getting my license and wasted the CGFNS and state board fees.

    Be very wary dealing with this company.
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    Sorry that you have to go through this. I know the feeling, been there.

    I found this on KBN, like most BONs they have a list of CES provider that could help you gain your missing hours.

    http://kbn.ky.gov/kbn/downloads/Ce.pdf

    When it comes to clinical, that's a bit tricky. Maybe approaching a hospital and ask them if they could help you out with the externship?

    I hope that helps.


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