Quote from enchantmentdis
Thanks, again. He was never an LVN, and says he can't afford to go back to school right now to complete the BSN; but needs to move to another state to assist in the care of a family member, but will need a nursing job lined up before leaving. He was never told by his school that he should finish the program or something like this might happen later. I'm sure this has happened to other nurses. What a mess.
Unfortunate for your friend, but the minimum requirement in any State (except CA, I believe) for sitting for the NCLEX is successful completion (graduation) from an accredited nursing program.
Your friend is missing an entire year's worth of education, the last year of the BSN program he was in. It isn't just a couple of credits. It's a YEAR. I can't imagine that he was never told of the loophole he was using to his advantage (that is, getting the RN license without a degree). More likely, he has forgotten about it because he never expected it would be a problem--unfortunately for him, very short-sighted decision-making has left him in a bit of a predicament!
He cannot work as an nurse in any capacity (RN or LPN) without having a valid license/endorsement for the State in which he plans to work. If that State requires him to complete a nursing program before being allowed an endorsement to his license, then he'll HAVE TO DO IT. Otherwise....he won't be working as a nurse.
This situation comes up from time to time, mostly because CA kept their nursing shortage down by creating this loophole, and then when people who have taken advantage of it want to move out of State, they find that they are back where they started: needing to finish their schooling.