My wife is a legal permanent resident of the US, living in California, originally from the Philippines and previously spent the last 9 years in the UK, the last few of which were in ICU.
She is trying to take NCLEX here but is having problems with the BoRN. They don't respond to emails or answer the phone. They asked for transcripts etc months ago, which they received, but then asked for something else which was supplied, and then finally asked for course numbers for some of the nursing modules she took in the Philippines. No course numbers exist, which is what she's explained to them. It's annoying that they could have asked that on the previous exchange. The problem is each exchange takes weeks so I'm worried that they'll ask another question and we won't get a response to that until Jan-Feb. It is terribly slow. Any ideas, or do we just have to live with it? Great that she gets more time to revise, not so great that we're living on one wage, barely making ends meet each month.
Secondly, she has heard rumours that she won't be allowed to take the NCLEX in SoCal - some people are known to have had to take it elsewhere, like back in the Philippines. This sounds crazy - and expensive - but I don't know whether the others had some mitigating circumstance. But in any case, it's worrying the wife just as much as the NCLEX itself. Any ideas?
Finally, in the event she fails the NCLEX, do you think there's any benefit in trying to apply for a non-RN job and try to work her way up? I've heard some hospitals will help people get NCLEX but I don't know how widespread that is. She's looking at Kaiser Fontana, the Adventist place in Glendale, or maybe one or two other places along I-210 really. She's mentioned Loma Linda but it's too far out for my liking, but if needs must!
I've browsed through various threads but didn't manage to find anything relevant.
Nov 28, '12
If she was educated in the Phils, she may run in to the concurrency issue. It does not matter how many years she practiced as a nurse. Each state board has their own specific education and other (SSN, years working as a nurse, etc) requirements. CA is enforcing the concurrency rules (education). The options then are:
1) Take the required courses. There may be 2-4 schools in the CA that may offer the courses. Just note that there will be fierce competition for the limited spots.
2) Go the LVN route and then take a bridge program. There is no shame going the LVN route.
Last edit by perioddrama on Nov 28, '12