Quote from belle05
hello everyone.I just want to ask all those who took the NCLEX PN exam:
1)) How do I get my nursing license? Does the State Board just mail it to me? Let's say I look on the Pearsonvue Quick Results,found out I passed, and I see my license number. Can I just give my employer my license number and then work as an LPN without having to wait for my actual license by mail?
2) How long does it take to get my actual license after passing the NCLEX PN exam?
How does the licensing process work? Thanks
I can only speak from my experience, but I would assume it is pretty much the same everywhere. After you graduate you must apply to the state and pay them, you must complete an online background check and pay for that, and the state must receive proof you graduated from your school. Then you will get your authorization to test and your provisional license (which is good for 6 months), and you then go to pearson-vue's website with your ATT and pay them and schedule your exam.
You can start working under your provisional license, around here you are considered a nurse "applicant" at that point. So you are an LPNA (or RNA if appropriate). Next your have to pass the boards, and complete 120 hours of clinical time. If you start working under your provisional license, you can count that time for your 120 hours. After you pass boards, and complete the 120 hours, you will then get your regular license. I did receive mine in the mail, but it was weeks after I was assigned my license number. On the Board of Nursings' website you can verify nursing licenses. I just kept checking mine until it updated with my license number. It was only 1-2 days after I sent in my proof of clinical time. I ended up getting a job right after that, and my company just verified my license online. I understand that not all states require the 120 hours clinical, so without it I would guess the rest of the procedure is about the same.
Hope this helps.