Nevada NCLEX (New) Requirement Physical Assessment Course for Foreign Graduates - page 2

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hello, although i come here often, i'm not a very active poster because i saw how bad some arguments end up. but i felt this information was very important to share with all of you. i am a bsn graduate from the philippines and i... Read More


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    A Master's in nursing will not change anything for licensure, in CA or in any other US state. Any time you apply for RN licensure in a state, the educational program that matters is your original "pre-licensure" nursing program -- the program that prepared and qualified you for RN licensure in the first place. Nothing else you do educationally in your career will change or override that initial nursing program. However many further nursing degrees you complete in the US as time goes on, you will always be a graduate of your original PI program for licensure purposes.
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    I agree with elkpark comments as I am going into a MSN degree program. It so happens that I was helping a fellow international student who was denied in CA with his BSN and denied. I got my degree in CA.

    If your original BSN degree does not meet the desired state's educational requirements, then, your "foundation" is not there. It will always go back to where you acquired your BSN degree (at least in CA).
    Last edit by BennyRNCA on Jun 15, '12 : Reason: spelling
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    Thanks so much for your concern. From what I understood and what the letter said, I can take it from any accredited U.S. program/institution so it can be taken out of NV. But from how it seems, NV has the least options for this. There aren't as many schools as say CA. So as of now, looking in the other states would be better. It seems though that all schools are pretty much closed to single course enrollment... even online courses. Hopefully NV BON approves of this one course I found. It was made for nurses to fulfill the school's master's degree enrollment prerequisite and there has been foreign grads that took that course as well. I'm crossing my fingers since they have been the most accommodating. If they don't approve it, I'm seriously thinking of applying to another state. Is it just me dealing with this issue with Nevada? I am yet to hear of anyone with the same curriculum as I do (Filipino grads specifically) that was asked to take a physical assessment course. Even with the very strict CA BON, this wasn't part of their requirements. Lol.
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    yes, i agree with you. it was mentioned that a post-bsn msn (if i attain this in another state that i can get a license in) will not help with the ob and med-surg requirements of ca because there are no ob and med-surg classes that fall under a post-bsn msn program. thanks for reinforcing that clarification. but from what the ca bon recommended themselves, since they don't consider my bsn to meet their educational requirements, i have an option to enroll in any accredited nursing program in ca that will "complete" my bsn education according to their terms. and from what i was informed, besides a regular bsn or lvn to bsn program (what most are doing actually), this could also be done through a direct entry level/accelerated msn.. a bsn msn degree for graduates who are taking bsn as a second degree or those who already completed an rn program.

    either pathway i take, it doesn't mean it will cancel my initial bsn but remediate it or add on to it as long as it covers ob and med-surg classes that are taken concurrently with clinical (they did not credit mine cos it was not taken concurrently due to the 25 required clinical cases of the pi). and it is up to the school to what they will credit from my original bsn. but this is my last option since in my opinion it is more costly on money and time. in their eyes, ca sees an "almost" bsn but in the philippines and other states, they recognize it. if other states accept my bsn for licensing, i prefer to further my education and practice in that state. and hopefully in time, there will be more opportunities or schools that cater to foreign grads that just need the ob and med-surg courses if ever i want to practice in ca.
    Last edit by jinxedminx on Jun 21, '12
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    hey there, do you have any updates to the nevada requirements. i'm currently in the process of waiting for my school in the philippines to send the needed forms to cgfns. i was also planning on going back to school after getting my rn license in nevada but the nursing board are becoming a bit more strict each time.

    Quote from jinxedminx
    yes, i agree with you. it was mentioned that a post-bsn msn (if i attain this in another state that i can get a license in) will not help with the ob and med-surg requirements of ca because there are no ob and med-surg classes that fall under a post-bsn msn program. thanks for reinforcing that clarification. but from what the ca bon recommended themselves, since they don't consider my bsn to meet their educational requirements, i have an option to enroll in any accredited nursing program in ca that will "complete" my bsn education according to their terms. and from what i was informed, besides a regular bsn or lvn to bsn program (what most are doing actually), this could also be done through a direct entry level/accelerated msn.. a bsn msn degree for graduates who are taking bsn as a second degree or those who already completed an rn program.

    either pathway i take, it doesn't mean it will cancel my initial bsn but remediate it or add on to it as long as it covers ob and med-surg classes that are taken concurrently with clinical (they did not credit mine cos it was not taken concurrently due to the 25 required clinical cases of the pi). and it is up to the school to what they will credit from my original bsn. but this is my last option since in my opinion it is more costly on money and time. in their eyes, ca sees an "almost" bsn but in the philippines and other states, they recognize it. if other states accept my bsn for licensing, i prefer to further my education and practice in that state. and hopefully in time, there will be more opportunities or schools that cater to foreign grads that just need the ob and med-surg courses if ever i want to practice in ca.
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    Check in with "starleviosa", she's the one person here that successfully, got her ATT fairly fast. I don't recall her having this current issue, maybe it is something new?
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    I've called the Nevada Board if a Physical Assessment course was needed. They said it would depend on the transcripts and other information given from CGFNS. It might have been that they sent all your transcripts and documents but not your full clinical experience summary. listing down all of your skills laboratory and demo per week. Before I left the school our coordinator was kind to create a summary of clinical experience per week. Hope you can still update us about your status. Meanwhile my request forms are taking forever to reach the school. It's almost 2 weeks.
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    Added you.
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    Quote from kuyafern
    hey there, do you have any updates to the nevada requirements. i'm currently in the process of waiting for my school in the philippines to send the needed forms to cgfns. i was also planning on going back to school after getting my rn license in nevada but the nursing board are becoming a bit more strict each time.

    hi there! well, so far, i'm waiting on this school to enroll in a course that may be credited by the nevada bon. but i'm also exploring my other options with other states. did you have a physical assessment course in your curriculum? update me on how things go with your nevada application! you might not have to encounter the same problem.
    Last edit by jinxedminx on Jul 3, '12
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    Quote from 2ndtakerimmigrant
    could it be that your school did not include physical assessment in your course/subject description
    as part of your fundamentals of nursing?

    i think naman they did. they filled out whatever was asked by the cgfns. and i trust they were complete because the ones in charge of filling up the ces school forms, they've been doing it for years and years throughout the schoolyear and summer.. its part of their routine as long as a graduate comes by the office and submit the form.
    Last edit by jinxedminx on Jul 3, '12


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