Quote from RN34TX
I moved to Texas as an already licensed LVN. It took about 2 months to get an endosement into TX. Then I finished RN school in TX, took about 2 1/2 months to take the NCLEX.
I learned this on this website from someone and do not know if it is true but worth checking out. I've read that you can apply for licensure into the state that you are moving to and take the NCLEX in the state that you are currently in. You will take the NCLEX where you live now but receive a TX RN license, which of course means that it is only good for practice in TX.
Call the TX BON and get an application packet sent to you. Be prepared to be on hold for a long time because they are "experiencing an unusual high volume of calls" which I thought was funny after I figured out that this is the case no matter when you call. They are very unfriendly--must be all non-native Texan's working there but I think that is true to many BON's.
Get your packet and then get to a police station in your area because you need to get fingerprint cards done (included with application). Make sure that the cards are not smeared or they will be sent back to you causing more delays. Get your TX license ASAP because trust me, employers calling you get very anxious if you tell them that you are still waiting for your TX license. Once you get it, they are very relaxed and full of job offers.
Thank you so much for your information. It sure helps relieving my fear (I thought I might have to take the NCLEX twice!).
Okay, let me rephrase what you told me.
A little bit before I graduate, I should get a license application package from TX BON. Then I will have to take my NCLEX in my state but get a Texas License. And one of the thing that I have to do for the application is to get my finger print done in a police station in my state. Once I send out my application, (if I am lucky) it will take approximately 2-3 months to receive my new license.
Do I make any sense?
Thanks again for your information. I am still debating if I should get my state license here first and work for at least 6 mos before I move to Texas. The reason for that is I guess no hospital really want to hire any new grads especially they are from another states. Am I right or wrong on this?
I have heard that hospitals in Texas always have internship every Jan and Jun for new grads but I wonder if it also applies to new grads who just move from another state. Anyway, I guess I still have a lot of preparation work to do before I can actually move.