I (I am female...the "mrboast" is my husband who showed me how to set this up!) have had an awful experience with the board of nursing...I know they are there for the patients, but they are less than polite when talking to me. Here's the deal: I've been working as an RN in Arkansas for 5 years, recently moved to Texas and am trying to get the license transferred over to Texas. Arkansas gave me 90 days to practice on theirs, but that time is over. I was working in Dallas on my Arkansas RN license for the time being, but now am not due to not having a license in either place now.
Texas has already completed a background check (DUI 7 years ago before I became a nurse, Arkansas knew about this obviously, my employer in Dallas does too) and found the one incident...the lady at the Board said "there is nothing else I can do but give it to my supervisor who approves these"..."and it will go on the bottom of his stack".. I begged and begged her to expedite the process as I am the only income in our family right now, but she couldn't have cared less. It has been 3 weeks now and daily checking of the website still shows no license # for me. My employer (big, highly respected) even contacted them to see if there is anything they could do, but there isn't. Something about this just seems highly inefficient. The Board lady has told me everything is complete except the approval "yay" or "nay". First she tells me the approval guy is real busy, the next week she tells me he's traveling...How long is this going to take!? (She told me with it being just 1 incident, this guy is able to approve). Is it worth me trying to find his number or email and begging him. I can not sleep at night and cry about this! What can I do!?
I have only, in the last couple weeks submitted my $200 (just forgot about it), so with that included, everything has been in place for a couple weeks...the background check was finished several months ago.
Dec 29, '09
I had to declare a past offense to the board before I was approved to be licensed after school. It took about 2 months.
I am moving to AZ this spring and I plan on starting the process at least 6 weeks before moving so I can be assured I have all the right stuff in place by the time I get there.
The BON is not there to help us, obviously. They are there to make sure we are legal and safe for the protection of patients. Frustrating but true. You just have to be patent.
Last edit by GeauxNursing on Dec 29, '09
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