Hi everyone! I'm new to this website and have been perusing old threads about foreign BSN graduates wishing to practice nursing in the United States. It's been somewhat overwhelming trying to sort through the myriad of posts, and I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction as to what to do to begin processing my application to take the NCLEX (and/or CGFNS, if needed). From what I've read so far, it seems like it will be a long struggle. I would like to practice either in California or New York.
If it makes any difference regarding what I may or may not have to do, here's some personal background information.
>I am a dual U.S.A.-Philippines citizen.
>I earned my 1st bachelor's degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, USA.
>After graduation, I took up nursing prerequisite courses from various community colleges in Los Angeles.
>Then I moved to the Philippines, enrolled in a BSN program, and was given credit for some of those prerequisite courses.
>I've just completed the BSN program, and am now deliberating whether or not to take the local Philippine National Licensure Exam for nurses. I understand I may not have to, if I can immediately take the NCLEX-RN in the USA if I'm already a US citizen?
If anyone could shed some light on any of this, or point me to the correct literature, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you so much!