Recently I graduated my ADN program.. Aside from having my kids, I can't remember the last time I had been that excited.
I am currently employed (won't name the company)
After I took my NCLEX in mid to late July, I let my managers know that I had passed and had requested that they update my license information in the system.
I was given a quick email that it would be taken care of.
I did not renew my LPN license because it did not make any sense to me to pay the extra money, on top of all the money I had to spend just to take my NCLEX exam.
I contacted HR yesterday to inquire on how long it should take to update my credentials.
When I spoke with them on the phone, I was informed that they can't just "update" your license but rather, the only way my license information could be updated is when I get hired on as an RN. Trust me when I tell you, the reason I do not have an RN job yet is not from lack of trying. I've had telephone interviews and emails that nurse managers want to schedule interviews with me, it's just a sad, LONG process.
So, HR informs me that I can continue to represent myself as an LPN with an RN license. The issue is that the LPN license expires August 31st. After that day, I can no longer work as I will no longer have a valid LPN license, even though I have a valid RN license.
Had someone informed me that I could not just update my status, I would have renewed my license before July 1st. I just can't stomach the thought of essentially wasting 115 dollars to keep a license active just because they refuse to update my information. On the flip side, I can't stomach the thought of losing my job and my health insurance September 1st either.
Has anyone ever heard of this or experienced this? I can't find any policies in the employee handbook that covers such a thing.. I'm not exactly sure what I should do.