California Non-Graduate RN with BSN becoming a CRNA

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    Hello,

    I have a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a nursing school in California (CA). However, during nursing school, I decided to take the NCLEX-RN as early as possible to jump into the job market right away as an ICU RN. Thus, when applying for and taking the NCLEX, I sat for the exam as a Non-Graduate RN, instead of the Graduate RN one, despite me getting the degree. So, my CA license is Non-Graduate status, and if I wanted to work in another state as an RN, it can be a tricky or complicated process depending on the state.

    I intend to apply to a CRNA school in CA. Once I finish and get my CRNA certification, will I face problems working in other states if I wish to do so? I'll no longer simply be an RN, but rather an advanced practice nurse, and my CRNA certification will not be constrained by any sort of Non-Graduate status. I'm concerned that the RN license that I have will cause these types of problems, though.

    Thanks so much for your help and input! I'm asking on this forum since I couldn't find an answer to this question on the AANA site. If you are in the same situation, have the same degrees/certifications, or can contribute anything that can help answer my question, I'd appreciate it!
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    Hello,

    I have a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a nursing school in California (CA). However, during nursing school, I decided to take the NCLEX-RN as early as possible to jump into the job market right away as an ICU RN. Thus, when applying for and taking the NCLEX, I sat for the exam as a Non-Graduate RN, instead of the Graduate RN one, despite me getting the degree. So, my CA license is Non-Graduate status, and if I wanted to work in another state as an RN, it can be a tricky or complicated process depending on the state.

    I intend to apply to a CRNA school in CA. Once I finish and get my CRNA certification, will I face problems working in other states if I wish to do so? I'll no longer simply be an RN, but rather an advanced practice nurse, and my CRNA certification will not be constrained by any sort of Non-Graduate status. I'm concerned that the RN license that I have will cause these types of problems, though.

    Thanks so much for your help and input! I'm asking on this forum since I couldn't find an answer to this question on the AANA site. If you are in the same situation, have the same degrees/certifications, or can contribute anything that can help answer my question, I'd appreciate it!
    You could still have have problems because you will still need a current RN license in whatever state you practice in as a CRNA.


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