NCLEX blues

  1. Hi all,
    I am just looking for a bit of advice. I am moving to California next year and I am wanting to sit the NCLEX exam. I am a green card holder already so I do not need to have a visa screen. How should I approach applying for the NCLEX seeing as it is geared towards providing a green card. I dont understand which forms to fill out and which to disguard! Would it be easier to set the NCLEX when I set up residence in California next year and not bother with the forms and red tape this side of the Atlantic?
    Any comments or tips gratefully received. x
    mary
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Either way, you will have the CA applicaton to fill out and submit all of the required documents to them. That will not change at all, no matter where you are located

    As I have asked in your previous post, when did you graduate from your nursign program and what specialty did you train for?
  4. by   suzanne4
    Yuo do not apply directly to take the NCLEX exam. You must apply to a Board of Nursing for licensure, and submit all documents to them. You would use the "Application by Examination" application. Once they approved your documents, you will then receive a letter from them that you meet the requirements, and as soon as you pay your fee to Pearson-Vue, you will recieve yout ATT and be able to sit for the exam. But not until.

    The NCLEX exam is required by all nurses to work in the US, even American grads. So you would need to that.

    You just keep hearing about NCLEX for immigration because that or the CGFNS exam is a requirement for getting fast-tracked to a RN green card holder. But in your case, it doesn't matter, you only need to do the NCLEX.
  5. by   lrrnfin
    Thanks for the advice Suzanne.
    I graduated 10 years ago in London England and i am adult trained. Does it make a difference for paediatric nurses?
  6. by   suzanne4
    Did you do a full program and also have pediatrics and mental health.......or did you do the 18 months of general and 18 months of adult?

    If you did the second way, and then are considered a specialist, you may have issues with your curriculum being accepted as is.
  7. by   lrrnfin
    In the first 18 months of my training, i covered both paediatrics, learning disabilities and mental health. Then i "branched" at the 18 month stage and specialised in Adult nursing. This is how it is generally works in the UK. Your final 18 months is dedicated to your speciality.
    Mary
  8. by   expatnurse
    Quote from lrrnfin
    Hi all,
    I am just looking for a bit of advice. I am moving to California next year and I am wanting to sit the NCLEX exam. I am a green card holder already so I do not need to have a visa screen. How should I approach applying for the NCLEX seeing as it is geared towards providing a green card. I dont understand which forms to fill out and which to disguard! Would it be easier to set the NCLEX when I set up residence in California next year and not bother with the forms and red tape this side of the Atlantic?
    Any comments or tips gratefully received. x
    mary
    My advice for studying for the NCLEX is look at kaplan I have also heard there are some prep classes offered. Hope this helps.

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