graduated 11 years ago, worked as community health nurse, can i still take the nclex?

  1. hi! hope you could help me with my query.. i graduated in 2006 here in the Phils, never planned of going abroad til i got married to a US citizen last year.. i've been a nurse instructor for 4 years then shifted to being a public health nurse (2012 to present). now im wondering if i can still practice as a nurse in the US? my husband is based in Texas so I looked up the requirements in the said state and it says I should have practiced nursing in the last 4 years.. now im wondering if they will accept my experience as a public health nurse or should i have a hospital-based experience?
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  3. by   caliotter3
    Nursing experience is nursing experience. Your community health nurse job required you to possess a nursing license, correct? Then, I don't see how you would have a problem. Many US nurses never work one day in a hospital, yet they are able to get licensed in more than one state.
  4. by   meianne
    Quote from caliotter3
    Nursing experience is nursing experience. Your community health nurse job required you to possess a nursing license, correct? Then, I don't see how you would have a problem. Many US nurses never work one day in a hospital, yet they are able to get licensed in more than one state.
    thank you.. ☺️
  5. by   lorelyn
    Yes you can still take the nclex..i graduated BSN also way back 2006 and im planning to take the nclex in 2-3months..i applied nclex florida BON..if you are planning to take nclex you better start processing your papers now because it will take 9-12months for just the cgfns evaluation(CES)

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