Canadian RN BScN seeking CA license "OB deficiency"

  1. Hi All,

    I'm wondering if anyone out there has been through this and can shed some light or anything. As said, I am a Canadian University of Manitoba graduate of BSN program in 2003. Always knew I wanted to end up in SoCal but unlike some of my other classmates I didn't apply for license right away. Met a boy, got married and had some kids and 14 years later I would like to pursue that dream!

    I am seeking permanent employment and relocation to CA with sponsorship for green card not short term travel nursing. I am doing this through a recruitment company called O'Grady Peyton. I am an operating room nurse. To get green card I have to agree to work in my placement of my choice for two years.

    Everything has been going fairly smoothly. I got my fingerprinting done in San Diego to save time last January. Then sent the rest of my paper work in to CA. When I finally heard from them 14 weeks later in April of 2017 they said that my Obstetrical clinical and theory hours needed further clarification and that they would request this info from my Board of Nursing. I should have been more on top of it but we were away for three weeks in the beginning of May and I assumed it was no problem and my board would take care of it. Silly me.

    I then received a letter from CA BON about a month later that I had been deemed deficient in my OB training and would need to fix this by taking an OB course at one of the CA BON approved schools. They have given me three years to do so.

    I then contacted my University who has no record of sending them anything other than the first package and transcripts. WHAT!!?? I am at a loss. I have now spoken with the associate dean and she is going to send a detailed breakdown.

    I am worried it is too late.

    Has anyone been through this? Is there any hope they will change their mind?

    Anyone have advice?

    The courses they speak of taking are pretty well impossible to find and cost anywhere from 7000-10,000 just for one course!

    Thank you for your time.
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  3. by   Fiona59
    There are several threads and posters discussing this issue.

    Remember, California is a desired destination and a state that produces it's own crop of new grads who need jobs. They can refuse/limit the number of licenses issued all they want.

    Life just isn't fair. And not all dreams can be achieved.
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    I am interested in how you got CA to assess your application as they will not accept forms without a US SSN and that you can not get until in the US with a valid work or immigrant visa.

    CA are very strict and one of the hardest states to get into.

    Moved to the Nurse Registration forum
  5. by   NursieB
    Silverdragon: I was lucky because I have an ITIN number because we file US taxes. This number is accepted in place of SSN.
  6. by   NursieB
    Fiona, if you can find a thread that's recent and specific to my situation I'd love to see it.

    I'm pretty sure I've looked at all of them!

    I'm specifically wondering if anyone has been able to sort this out without having to redo a course.
    Last edit by dianah on Aug 13 : Reason: off-topic
  7. by   Silverdragon102
    There have been cases but sometimes it needs a push for the applicant
  8. by   NursieB
    Can you explain what you mean by that, Silverdragon?

    I am having my University write a letter with further details regarding my Obstetrical training.
  9. by   Silverdragon102
    We have seen some members appeal the decision and provide further documents. A lot of push from you may be required as CA is not one of the best states to deal with
  10. by   dianah
    Just a gentle reminder to post to the subject of the thread only, not off-topic.
    Thank you.

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