Hi! I graduated Nursing in 2008 but was not able to take the NLE and gain hospital experience after graduating because I had a id at an early age and working in the call center industry was "the only option" I thought was best at that time. Now, I have been self-reviewing for this year's NLE (I cannot afford to leave work because I'm the breadwinner of my family) when a friend advised me to take the NCLEX direchtly because New York does not require me to be a local board passer. I've been planning to go to California but if I can take the NCLEX so I can work in New York (or another State that doesn't require me to ba a local board passer), I will definitely take that route. I'm really unsure which one is better and if that facts are correct (mo luck with my research on the facts yet). Any advice?
Current wait for a EB3 visa for someone born in the Philippines is 2 years so may be worth taking the local exam and if possible look for nursing work and gain experience. 10 years is a long time to be out of nursing and may not make yourself appealing to employers
Thank you, @silvergradon, for the advice. I totally agree with what you said, and I have to get the needed experience since the last time I was in the hospital was during my college years. I have to admit tho, it's very difficult to self-study for the local board exam and work at the same time.