I understand the depressing feeling of being unfair when I too was denied by the CA BON early last year. But after a while, I've come to realize it is what it is and we need to move on. As I posted many times, for many kababayans, the state of CA is not going to be happening for many many years especially those that graduated between the years of 2004 and to the present (maybe the 2013 graduating classes will meet the minimum CA BON requirements and be lucky, we shall see soon).
There are already 13-14 states that have the same concurrency rules, with some not yet actually enforcing them but can do so at anytime, any day with full rights as those policies have been in existence for a couple of decades if not longer.
The fact that the CA BON and the CA college systems are two completely different agencies or governing bodies, with completely different sets of rules, they can only do so much. The fact the CA BON will grant a 3 year extension to get the needed courses done they feel it's more than adequate time to get them done, not knowing it's truly near impossible, but not out of the question.
Yes, there are some colleges trying to start up deficiency courses: CSU-Fresno (40 students), Victorville (10) and various other CA colleges (approx. 20-25) so even if all actually happened, it will leave out a couple of thousand foreign students on waiting list. But it does (a). cost lots of money to do so, (b). there's just not enough qualified preceptors to help, (c). not enough hospitals to go around, as these colleges are not about to mess around with their already enrolled and higher paying students already committed to the nursing program
Don't forget it's not all about us PH students or nurses, there are those coming from Russia, the UK, AU, NZ and other international places that are also trying to make up deficient courses in some way. It's truly every man or woman for themselves, it's either me or you or your best friend competing.
So it boils down to it's not their problem, but rather ours. This is coupled I think that with the very high unemployment rate of CA's own new grads of almost 50% will NOT get a nursing job within 12-18 months of graduation, there's no incentive for the CA BON to relax or go back to ignoring the concurrency rules or any other rules that do not comply with the requirements. As there's no more perceived "nursing shortage" and with current rate of teaching new grads locally, there's no need to further any outside nurses.
Add to this as mentioned in a BBC article last year, there's NO demand for PH students/nurses in the States till at least 2020. Here's that article: US Labor Market Tough for Filipino Nurses until 2020
The US alone has graduated close to 1,000,000 nurses recently, the US has more than met the demand needed. More and more hospitals are hiring those that took their clinicals with those they knew known as internals.
I know there are many others that have gotten their licenses from out of state, only one had successfully been able to endorse into CA, I know probably due to an evaluator mistake, otherwise, endorsing back into CA is a gamble of time and money since CA will ALWAYS request copies of the original college transcripts, which is where the documents are found to not meet the concurrency that once denied their application in the first place.
That's why I've been telling others, be prepared to plant your roots, watch your babies grow in a house till they go to college in another State other than CA or those enforcing the concurrency rules.
There's always the option of going the LVN-RN bridge route, but to get into those programs are highly competitive and in some cases, very expensive. Many also have waiting list (years) just for their regular CA students. There have been a few real lucky kababayans that have gotten pass the CA BON and actually passed the NCLEX-RN, you may be one also one day, but just know there are 99.5% not so lucky.
I've had a couple of e-mails sent to me about entertaining a lawsuit (let's not really go there), but my question to them is based on what grounds? These are written policies established since 1952, it applies to all CA schools and to anyone wanting to practice in CA. CA BON is not so strict as to say "sorry, you don't meet the requirements, go away", they give the 3 year completion date of application, so that's the out they have. Whether or not, it's out there is not their problem.
The fact there are some schools that offer deficient courses, is not any more different than a USC or local CA resident or even a foreign new student wanting to get into a nursing program but can't due to excessive applicants, can't meet the grades, can't pass certain exams, don't have enough money, etc., they can't be suing the CA BON for the same reason.
It pointed in the previous link mentioned of a PH attorney has already looked into the CA BON requirements and it was his legal opinion that the CA BON is correct in their assessment of the regulations affecting us.
Supposely the CHED and the two other PH nursing agencies came twice to meet with the CA BRN officials in Dec. 2012 and Feb. 2013 but nothing was heard of what happened if anything. Personally, I think the CA BRN probably gave the PH officers and staffers an earful to get their act together, increase the NCLEX passing rates (from the 40% to at least 85% overall), comply with rules, reduce the colleges, etc.
What really is "unfair" is the way the CHED truly left us high and dry, knowing that over 33% of PH grads will come back to CA or want to make CA the first and final place to work and practice. But then, CHED is only concerned with keeping up with the country's own requirements. The real sadness is that CHED has known of these problems for years and looked the other way.