I was at a friend's BBQ party this weekend, I met someone there who was of PH descent, but educated in CA. She got her LVN license almost a year ago and still looking for a nursing job, she said it's very rough. Many of the hospitals or nursing facilities hired from within, that is to say, many that did their clinical rotations at a particular place was usually hired in, they are called "internals".
She wasn't picked from a field of 18, only 3 openings.
Anyways, I asked her about this "declaration". She says everyone has to fill it out, it's to verify that what you claim on the document is the absolute truth or if the BVNPT finds out at any point, that one was dishonest in their answers, they could take away the license at any time or not issue the license at the start.
There are some schools
in CA that offered classes on-line or was taken at another location, meaning that there is a chance that they took a course in one city and may or may not have taken the clinical part not associated with the school. There are some schools that don't make the BVNPT standards and so if it's listed in the declaration, they will contact the hospital to verify that one actually did their clinicals there.
They will also use any information provided to make sure that it matches up with what your transcripts say. So we need to be real accurate or it can cause a application delay or denied.
She says that she thinks the BVNPT added more sections about the governmental agencies to filter out the international applicants. It's not only because of the PH ones, but she says there are so many grads coming in from China, India, Nigeria, Mexico, Russia and the UK. Many of the applicants are also trying to submit false documentation so the declaration is needed to be used a written proof if there's any problems to not grant or to not renew a LVN license. That's what is stated if you're signing the declaration.
She has a cousin who went to school in PH and got her BSN and been hearing all the horror stories of the CA BON mass declinations of the nursing applications. She had plans to attend a top PH school to get her BSN, but knows now it's not worth the expenses and time to get it. I told her no matter how hard or expensive it is to get into a US school, don't bother thinking about trying to get into a PH nursing program, it will only bring nothing but heart ache and major disappointment, if she plans to be an RN in CA.