NJ Board of Nursing - What the Heck? - page 5

So I know that the NJ BON is notoriously bad. My husband graduated from nursing school in 2009 and had a six week wait, and my mother-in-law graduated in 2010 and waited two months from start to... Read More

  1. Visit  jessie25 profile page
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    Question. I accidentally entered the wrong year on my NJ BON application for when I started my program. I entered 2012 instead of 2010. With all the applications for jobs etc. I was filling out, I must have had the wrong thought in my head. Is this a major problem. I still graduated successfully from my BSN program. Thanks!
  2. Visit  JustBeachyNurse profile page
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    Quote from jessie25
    Question. I accidentally entered the wrong year on my NJ BON application for when I started my program. I entered 2012 instead of 2010. With all the applications for jobs etc. I was filling out, I must have had the wrong thought in my head. Is this a major problem. I still graduated successfully from my BSN program. Thanks!
    You can see if you can edit your online application, use the contact form on BoN website or try calling on Tuesday. It will likely get flagged but not be a huge deal (as in a typo)
  3. Visit  NJGirl24 profile page
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    WOW Took my test on Monday (Aug. 5th) and just learned that it may take up to 12 weeks to get my license. I went to school with people from NY and they had their number in 48 hours and their license in hand about a week later, this really sucks. I have to opportunities for work and I am missing out on them because the state takes long to process paperwork. How is it that NY can process their paperwork and issues the licenses so fast and NJ take up to 12 weeks (or longer). I just called them and the person that answered didn't even take my name just said you have to wait and that was it. Very disappointed in the State of NJ.
  4. Visit  ArmyTwinRN profile page
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    Quote from NJGirl24
    WOW Took my test on Monday (Aug. 5th) and just learned that it may take up to 12 weeks to get my license. I went to school with people from NY and they had their number in 48 hours and their license in hand about a week later, this really sucks. I have to opportunities for work and I am missing out on them because the state takes long to process paperwork. How is it that NY can process their paperwork and issues the licenses so fast and NJ take up to 12 weeks (or longer). I just called them and the person that answered didn't even take my name just said you have to wait and that was it. Very disappointed in the State of NJ.
    It took me about 4 weeks to get my license. I know I got it quickly because I showed my face at the BON. Of course, if you call they'll tell you not to come because it won't speed up the process but it worked for others before me and it worked for me. I passed Jan 3rd and already accepted a RN position and was working by Feb 11th. Some of the delay was my job with preemployment physicals and all. I say take the trip but wait at least 2-3 weeks.
  5. Visit  snmzelle profile page
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    They held up my license for 3 months. ****** tells me she will mail my fingerprinting form and when I call to follow up, she tells me to wait yet another 7 to 10 bus. days and finally, after the 3rd "7 - 10" bus. day wait, she'll tell you she never mailed it out and may even apologize for it. After I finally got them to mail my fingerprinting form, I called there to give my new address, of course, they mailed it to the wrong address anyway. So I call to find out where my license was mailed to and get 4 different answers from ****, ****,****,*****." There is no *****, that's the name they use when they don't want you to know who they are. When ever you try to get them to give you accurate information, they say, "we're just a call center." As soon as they realize you've got their number, they put you on hold forever, tell you they have no supervisor or hang up the phone on you. Ask for *****, he's the manager, he'll resolve your issues asap. When they tell you there is no such person as ***** or that he's gone for the day, keep calling back until you get one of them who is honest and will connect you to him.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Dec 27, '13 : Reason: TOS/NO STAFF NAMES
  6. Visit  melissam529 profile page
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    Hi everyone. I applied over the summer and got my att in October...passed nclex 12/19/13 and its now Jan 28 and still no license...they say because I have a pharm tech license and my background check info is with that my application is delayed because they have not submitted it and so I may not get my license for a while. I am furious...I have already lost 2 jobs because I don't have my license. I have a interview today and had one last week...I can't lose another job because of these people. Any advice?
  7. Visit  ddiscep profile page
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    I also have passed my NCLEX on December 2nd and still no license. I called a couple times a week and was told everything was in...finally someone informed me I needed to pay 22 dollars to have my fingerprints rerun due to them being run the first over 6 months ago. They told me today another 10 to 15 business days for my fingerprints to be rerun and another 10 to 15 for the board approval. Does anyone have any contacts at the board? I think this is absolutely bizarre.
  8. Visit  ArmyTwinRN profile page
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    Quote from melissam529
    Hi everyone. I applied over the summer and got my att in October...passed nclex 12/19/13 and its now Jan 28 and still no license...they say because I have a pharm tech license and my background check info is with that my application is delayed because they have not submitted it and so I may not get my license for a while. I am furious...I have already lost 2 jobs because I don't have my license. I have a interview today and had one last week...I can't lose another job because of these people. Any advice?
    Go to the board office and tell them this! You will leave with your license or within hours it'll show on the web.
  9. Visit  mcmcalla profile page
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    I wish I could sneak a pic of the nj bon ....then you'd see why everything takes forever and there's nothing but problems....it's literally a hole in the wall with papers and folders everywhere. Organization ??? Ha?
  10. Visit  yenzies profile page
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    I'm speaking from experience. After a while, phone calls don't work. I finally got my license when I showed up to the office!
  11. Visit  NightBloomCereus profile page
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    Showing up might be what I have to do, too. Dealing with the NJ BON has been nothing short of a nightmare. It took 6 weeks to get my ATT and that's with calling and bothering them once a week. Passed NCLEX and they're saying another 6 weeks for my license #. Other states issue a license number in 24 hours! Nobody there seems to know what they are doing, and they are disorganized and rude.

    I have contacted the Governor through their online contact form, and have filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. I urge you to do the same. I have gone months without adequate work because I have been waiting on the BON, and several jobs have slipped though my fingers.
  12. Visit  NightBloomCereus profile page
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    Quote from yenzies
    I'm speaking from experience. After a while, phone calls don't work. I finally got my license when I showed up to the office!
    Yenzies, how long did you wait before showing up at the office?
  13. Visit  JustBeachyNurse profile page
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    NJ does not issue a license within 24-48 hours post NCLEX because ATTs are issued prior to the BoN receiving background check clearance. They are issued once education is verified (often a source of delay) and application is complete (should be quicker if an online application is submitted). The fastest ATT I've seen issued is 4 weeks as application sent week of graduation (just shy of peak graduation time) and school verification sent week after graduation. All applications post complete file (NCLEX passed, application complete, background complete, education verified) have to be reviewed and approved by BoN committee. Background checks take 4-6 weeks once fingerprints complete, 2-4 weeks if fingerprints on file (LPN going to RN, CHHA going to LPN or RN)

    The general rule of thumb is post NCLEX, check online the status if your application is complete for all requirements and it's been a week since last item marked complete, then follow up with the BoN.

    If you file a paper application the timeline is longer as each page must be scanned into the system and verified as legible/accurate.

    There is no point in going to the BoN office if your application is incomplete. (I know someone who did and their background was incomplete so it was a wasted trip. ) But it's easy to see your application status online for LPN or RN. Even if you filed a paper application.

    Once license number is issued and posted on the NJBoN license verification system you can legally work as a nurse (employers are supposed to call, fax or verify online licenses rather than just accept a paper copy) as it takes a few weeks for the licensed to get printed, mailed, and delivered by the USPS.

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