Foreign Nurse Graduate Application

  1. Hello! this topic concerns those foreign nursing graduates who are planning on taking nclex in any state. As we all probably know, especially those who live in California, the CA-BON have some issues regarding with foreign graduates. That being said, I'd like to ask some questions and I would greatly appreciate if any of you will respond to them. Here are my questions:

    1. I'm one of those unfortunate BSN grads who failed to have eligibility here in CA. Now, I'm planning on taking my NCLEX to another state. What states do you guys suggest for application?

    2. I have a friend who passed her NCLEX last November in Nevada. I was planning on applying to Nevada but she told me that the State now requires you to have a local license from the country you graduated from, which concerns me since I'm not an RN in my country(Philippines). Is is true that Nevada applied the same policies as the CA-BON have regarding the application of NCLEX?

    3. in relation with no. 2, what are the other states that require us foreign nursing grads to have their local licenses from the country they graduated at?

    Thanks so much for reading, folks! I hope this topic will spread and find some answers and hopefully help others too.
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  3. by   perioddrama
    First off, where do you want to live and work? It's no use getting a license in a different state and then trying to endorse it to CA. That's a waste of time and money. So, where do you want to live and work? Apply to that state.

    Yes, it is true that NV requires a local license (i.e. Philippines).

    This thread talks about the 15-16 states with concurrency issues. Do browse the thread: In the later pages, there have been instances that have been reported that NV has some issues.

    Good luck!
  4. by   steppybay
    Where's the EASIEST, THE FASTEST, THE CHEAPEST STATE to get eligibility: to AVOID the different English reading and writing requirements, who doesn't need to have their curriculums reviewed and evaluated, if you don't have a local PH license,'s what I've been trying to tell you guys for months!

    Kabayans, you have to look at the "bigger picture".

    To everyone asking of the same question: just pick whatever state you wish to work in for the next 3-8 years or more. With the strong possibility, this State is where you will plant your roots and watch your babies grow from an infant till they go to college.

    -- First and foremost, you must now have a valid SSN to apply into CA and into most states and one day soon, ALL states will require a SSN and for future renewals. There are zero to a handful of hospital sponsorships in the whole country now, don't count on those, you will have better luck winning the lottery odds. There are some states that will allow you to apply and take the exam if you pass all other requirements, BUT those same states will not issue the actual license and license number until you provide them a valid SSN!!

    -- It makes NO sense to get a license in one state, when you really WANT to work in another, as you need to still PASS that state's requirements you wanted to work in the FIRST place.

    -- You will be spending more MONEY by hopping around one state to another in extra fee$ and possible extra money for certain testing$ and wasting more months waiting and waiting, instead of looking for a job. Why pay double $$$ ??

    **** The FASTEST, the EASIEST, the CHEAPEST state to apply into is the State you feel you will put your roots down for many years, the MINUTE you pass the NCLEX! If that state doesn't meet their requirements AND your needs and desires (weather, salary, etc) now then move on and research and travel to that state if you can. ****

    -- Avoid the 13-14 states that are enforcing the concurrency now, The list of them are mentioned a few times on this forum. Here you go: [COLOR=#003366][COLOR=#003366][COLOR=#003366][COLOR=#003366][COLOR=#003366][COLOR=#003366][COLOR=#003366] NV was recently enforcing it. Don't be surprised if FL and TX join the concurrency bandwagon one day, it's a very old requirement from years ago before most of us were born (25 plus years).

    -- Forget about trying to ENDORSE-TRANSFER any out-of-state license into CA or ANY of the current mentioned 13-14 other states that are enforcing the concurrency rules, it's NOT going to happen as again, you MUST submit the same college transcripts that already DENIED or will DENY the application, there's no way around to go around this! It doesn't matter if you have 2 years or more of US RN experience, my PH friend tried to endorse her FL into CA and was denied the licensure, citing the same concurrency issue. Same thing with our friend with her NY license, same bad fate.

    -- As you may know or should know, that jobs for us international students are becoming very hard and pretty difficult to get our foor thru the door, as many hospitals even many clinics are hiring their own students that did their clinical time in that hospital or hiring more of that local students or those from the same State. It's known as hiring the "internals". So getting approved and passing the NCLEX-RN is nothing, compared to finding the real thing......a nursing job.

    -- To find out what state you are interested in, the bottom of each page is the list of BON's and you can easily Google...STATE's name followed by "board of nursing"....BINGO! It's all there for the state's requirements, including every one of the Board's has a special ""INTERNATIONAL"" section.

    Good luck, everyone, we can do this, but allow a lot more time than originally planned, be prepared to work in a State you really don't want to be in for several years, take any kind of nursing job someone hires you for and smile

    CAVEAT: Even if one is working for 10 years or more after being a recent PH grad and possess a valid RN license, it's NOT by any means a guarantee of any kind that the States enforcing the concurrency rules will approve your license endorsement, as I'm repeating myself again, it will ALWAYS be based on your original educational background and transcripts. However, one never knows if a evaluator is being careless, one might get lucky, lol.