Hi, Im new the site and to California. I am a UK qualified nurse and have been here for 5 months. I have been through the CA BRN and after a long time, received a letter saying I must do an Obstetric course to meet their minimal requirement and before I can sit the NCLEX exam. I am really stuggling to find a College who does just this course. I heard it can be done in 5 weeks which would be fantastic if I could just get on one. I have a list of the colleges and Universities but Im still getting responses saying they don't do the course or I must do the full program? Has any UK or other nurses done this Obstetric course at the accredited college, if so WHERE in California please so I can apply direct to them. I live closest to San Jose. I must say I am feeling very disheartened with the whole thing it has gotten me down terribly. I don't want to give up but come on, why is this so difficult to get on to, I can't be the first UK nurse to try and get on this course?? HELP please
Feb 6, '12
yeah, this seems to be happening to a lot of nurses lately. they asked me the same thing as well... i have to go back to school for ms and ob clinical and theory. the problem is a lot of the accredited schools dont offer individual courses. i also wanna know if anyone has any information on this.
Feb 16, '12
well i'm having the same thing..just received a letter yesterday telling me to take MS and OB in an accredited school. I'm just wondering when this policy took effect coz i know people who also graduated from foreign countries who made it just a year ago.
Feb 29, '12
I am having exactly the same problem. I graduated from Glasgow University in 2006 and have worked as an RN ever since. I just moved to the Bay Area in California last August and as soon as i had green card and social security number I applied to the CBON. I just got my letter yesterday saying i was deficient in obstetrics and paediatrics (i did an adult degree). Have started calling schools and college but have allgiven the same response so far: i basically have to do the whole nursing program if i want to do any of the courses. I will let you know if i have any luck with the schools. I am also feeling pretty disheartened by the situation.
Good luck and please share if you have any success with the schools!
Mar 1, '12
Hmm that's a tough one. The 2- year school in my area now "clusters" the courses, i.e., all of OB is in the first semester and I don't know when peds is. Maybe a school like that will take you as a "transfer" student. Or, apply like everyone else, take the first semester and then quit - you've got what you need. Just some off the top of my head creative ways to work around things.
Or, what about going "home" to take the required course. Stay with a friend or family and do it as fast as possible then return to the states. It's your career, gotta make it happen no matter what, that's what I say. Sorry to hear you are getting jerked around.
Mar 2, '12
Sit tight everyone, there's another thread going on, that Pierce College (CA) allows a foreign student or current RN needing the deficient course without having to take the entire nursing program. They are waiting for a confirmation of the facts.
Mar 16, '12
, am too have the same problem,..maybe u can check the BRN site theres a "school" tab there,..where you can find some school which are accredited by the boards..maybe u can find a there...
Mar 8, '14
Hi JEN_NURSE, I am about to graduate from Glasgow University myself this september with my bachelors in adult nursing. I already have a greencard and my family still live over in bay area, california. I was wondering if you had gotten any further with your training in the states and if you had managed to pass your NCLEX exam? I am really struggling to find information about how to go over and work as an RN in california. Any help or any information would be much appreciated!!
Mar 8, '14
You will have issues unless your transcripts show clinical and theory hours in Paeds, Mental Health, Obstetrics and Adult. There are some schools offering a small service but not many posted here and the ones that area have a long waiting time
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