I moved to near Tulsa, OK in July 2009.
I quit my job in Arkansas after 25 years at the same hospital in June 2009.
My husband was transferred to Tulsa. I had a baby and decided to stay at home for a bit.
I have now decided to go back to work flexible.
I never realized until now how hard it is to get a license in another state.
I am finding out that since I have waited almost 2 years to apply for the RN OK license that I don't have enough work hours to qualify. You need 540 hours in the past 2 years. I have 425. I was working part time in the PACU when I quit.
My options are to take a refresher course that lasts for 6 months. The cost is $2600.00. Plus my expenses for going.
My other option is to take the NCLEX at a cost of $200.00, plus books to study and online study courses.
I thought about going back to Arkansas and starting from the beginning (working a few days a week)to get my 540 hours since my license is from Arkansas.
Today the AR State Board of Nursing called me back after I left a message a week ago.
She informed me that since I had moved to OK that my Arkansas license was no longer valid for me to work in Arkansas.
So am I screwed or what???
I am so mad. I wish that I would have known all these things. I would have applied immediately when I moved here.
I guess my only option is to study for the NCLEX. Seems a little degrading for an experienced PACU nurse to have to retake the board.
I feel like I am being punished for taking off and having a child late in life after giving 25 years to Nursing.
Does anyone have any tips they can give me for the NCLEX? What is best to study?
Sample tests etc??