I am currently in a nursing program within the state of california and will be taking my nclex at the end of this year. My problem is that once I have completed the program, my husband and I will be moving out of state (most likely to minnestoa but possibly to colorado). California LVN/LPN programs do not include IV certification within their programs. If I try to transfer my license from California to a state that requires IV certification, will I encounter a problem? Also, would it be better to take my IV certification course in california or would it be best to wait until I have moved to another state? My other dilemma is whether to take the NCLEX in California or to take it in the state that my husband and I decide to move to. Any information would be grately appreciated! Thanks!
May 23, '12
As far as IV, look up the Scope of Practice in the states you might move to to see if it's even as issue. I just took IV Cert and was told that because of layoffs at BVNPT, it takes up to 6 months to get the cert to show up on your actual license (you become Class C). So you might not even get the official cert on your license by the time you move, although you will have the paper cert on hand.
The other option is, that if the state you move to has reciprocity anyway, they may not require proof of IV cert and just expect you to work within the state scope of practice, and it would be up to your employer to make sure you are competent with IV/blood draw. In this case, the class might be valuable so that you do have some training before you get thrown to the wolves.
Last edit by UpTheLadder12 on May 23, '12