just married a foreign nurse who can help?

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    well to make a long story short i married me sweetie on June 5TH
    She is a nurse in the philippines & after she gets her CR-1 visa will be moving to New Hampshire which is where I live.
    I am 39 & she is 27. we met online about a year & a half ago.
    She has been working as what we would call an LPN for the last 5 years.
    she did attend a 4 year nursing school there but didn't have the money( like many ladies over there) to take the test so that she could be an RN. I am sending her to a review class that will last 2.5 months & then after about a 30 day wait she will be able to take the nursing boards.
    I am not a nurse & know little of nothing about what it will take for her to be able to work as an RN here in New Hampshire.
    i did check out the new hampshire nursing license site but i didn't really understand all of the terms that they were using so at this point i am not so sure where to turn.
    General Information About Licensing - New Hampshire Board of Nursing

    if anyone here has some insite as to what it's going to take please let me know


    thanks
    piglett



    Last edit by piglett on Jun 28, '10 : Reason: .
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    Quote from piglett
    well to make a long story short i married me sweetie on June 5TH
    She is a nurse in the philippines & after she gets her CR-1 visa will be moving to New Hampshire which is where I live.
    I am 39 & she is 27. we met online about a year & a half ago.
    She has been working as what we would call an LPN for the last 5 years.
    she did attend a 4 year nursing school there but didn't have the money( like many ladies over there) to take the test so that she could be an RN. I am sending her to a review class that will last 2.5 months & then after about a 30 day wait she will be able to take the nursing boards.
    I am not a nurse & know little of nothing about what it will take for her to be able to work as an RN here in New Hampshire.
    i did check out the new hampshire nursing license site but i didn't really understand all of the terms that they were using so at this point i am not so sure where to turn.
    General Information About Licensing - New Hampshire Board of Nursing

    if anyone here has some insite as to what it's going to take please let me know


    thanks
    piglett



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    Have you tried to contact the BON directly? I live on the west coast and there are many, many foreign nurses here. The BON should be able to direct you to the info you need. Good luck.
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    I guess that mite be a good idea, i am sure that there are foreign nurses working in my state so i can't be the 1st one with these questions, can I ???


    thanks
    piglett
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    state of new hampshire
    new hampshire board of nursing
    21 s fruit st ste. 16
    concord nh 03301-2431

    webpage: http://www.state.nh.us/nursing

    tdd access: relay nh 1-800-735-2964

    nursing 603-271-2323 nurse asst. 603-271-6282

    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Jun 29, '10 : Reason: not necessary to post everything just the links
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    Knowing that your wife is from the Philippines, I don't understand how she got an LPN degree when in fact, LPN's doesn't exist nor approved in the Philippine curriculum. It's either she is a midwife or a nurse's aide. If she attended 4 years of nursing school, she is considered to only have a BSN degree in which by not passing the local Philippine Nursing Licensure Exam would make her employed as a nurse. If she plans to pursue working as an RN here in the US, she needs to fill out the necessary paperwork that Prayerworks provided above. Her being a foreign nurse, she would be able to apply for the NH BON once she arrives in the USA and have her SSN as this necessary upon filing the application form.

    She doesn't have to be an RN in the Philippines if she plans to be an RN here in the US. As for the review, my advice is to keep that money and spend it on a good review center here in the US rather than wasting her money for Philippine Nursing Review Centers who sees every nursing student as a pot of gold. Not a lot of review centers are reliable enough when it comes to teaching strategies on a US-based licensure exam.

    Just my 2 cents..
    Last edit by cebuana_nurse on Jun 29, '10
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    Moved to the international forum

    The Philippines don't have LPN's but if she completed a 4 years nursing course as mentioned in the previous post she should meet state requirements

    She will need to go through CGFNS and obtain CES as per their website

    Graduates of foreign registered nurse programs must submit official evidence of successful completion of the Commission of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination or CGFNS full course by course credentials evaluation. Canadian educated nurses are not considered foreign for this application.

    Forms, Applications, Publications - New Hampshire Board of Nursing under application by exam
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    First, are you a citizen, so that she has status that permits her to be employed in the USA?

    Second, did she graduate from and holds a 4 year Bachelor's degree program for Nursing? Attending a "4 year program" and actually graduating from a Bachelor's of Nursing program are different things. Also, the Philippines does not recognize LPN status, or Associate degrees in Nursing, thus your lady could not have practiced as an LPN there. Has she practiced any of her RN level nursing schools since graduating?

    There is great deal of paperwork involved in the state evaluating her education to make sure it is acceptable, and some states require testing one's English proficiency. Then she has to pass the NCLEX - something not easy to do, when one completed school so long ago. And then there is the hurdle of actually getting a job - there are thousands of new grads unable to find jobs, as well as nurses with current experience that cannot find employment. I do not know that they will accept your intendeds experience as valid nursing experience, as she was not working as an RN and there is no recognized LPN status where she indicates that she worked as one.

    Please see the NH BON - as they are the best source. Virtually every state has slightly different requirements.
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    The Philippine nursing boards are only held twice a year, the next exam after July is December. If I were you, I would have my wife quit her job immediately, and pay for the best exam prep possible until December. A intensive 6 month review is not unusual in the Philippines. Additionally, she may want to enroll in English classes, and driver's ed (if she hasn't already). I would contact the New Hampshire Nursing Boards, and also nursing boards from surrounding states. As some of the above posters mentioned, some states have different requirements. Another thing you would want to look at specificially is if the NH nursing board requires a local license to sit for the NCLEX. Some states are strict in that a foreign nurse must pass her country nursing exam before sitting for a license in that state. Good luck.
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    Well thank you for everyone's input on this subject.
    so i guess there is no LPN in the philippines & she has not ever taken the test to become an RN there so i guess she is a nurse but not a RN? i am not really sure about how all of that works over there.
    She sill be leaving her 12 hour a day 6 day a week $182 a month job so that she can take a 2 1/2 month long review class.
    then she can take the test to be an RN over there in December.

    As far as english classes go the nursing schools over there all teach in english so there is no problem there.

    drivers ed. if you had even been to manila you would know that that will never work there.
    lets just say that in Manila they more or less don't follow ANY of the rules of the road.....none of them!!!!
    I used to drive a tractor trailer coast to coast. I would haul freight for the military up to 12 feet wide.
    & i don't want to even drive in Manila, so there is just no way my wife will be able to get her drivers license until she gets here.
    I'll take her out on some of the back roads around here where she will be the only vehicle on the road & i am sure that in time she will do just fine. till then i will have to take her to & from work

    maybe she can land a job where she works three 12 hour shifts a week that way i wouldn't have to play taxi almost every day, sounds good to me if it works out like that.


    thanks
    piglett


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