Help... No license in hand... Going to NY!

  1. Hi,

    Im from CA and the BofRN is taking longer than ever to send verification that I am in fact licensed out here in order for NY to license me.

    I have a job starting in the ICU burn unit at Weill Cornell on Dec 19th and Im not sure if my license will be here on time. Does anyone know if I am able to work for a few weeks while my license is pending?

    A lot of advice would be appreciated. I had resigned from my job, had movers, booked my flight, put notice in with my apt out here, and things are being delayed. I need to know where I stand with my options. I can still postpone everything, but I dont want to do that until I know that there is nothing I can do in NY without a license in hand.

    Thank you!!!

    -C
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    I would contact the board of nursing in NY and see what they say.
  4. by   nightingale
    Is that with a Travel contract? Or will you be Staff?
  5. by   babtluv77
    I would contact California and New York state boards. It does take a long time for New York endorsement, especially from CA...up to six weeks or so they say. I will working in New York City starting January 8, and I do not have my New York license as of yet, and believe me I call them nearly everyday. So just call them and see what's up...
  6. by   caroladybelle
    As far as I know, you cannot work as a nurse in NY unless you are licensed as a nurse in New York or hold a New York grad permit. And it doesn't matter whether it is agency, contract or regular employment. And, yes, virtually all good facilities (and Cornell is excellent) WILL require the original license and registration (NY has two forms, I believe, a large fancy one, and a smaller 1/2 page size one that the three places in NYC that I worked, required me to bring the ORIGINALS - not copies- for them to copy and exam) be presented before you can even take the med test and start.

    I suggest that you call New York Pres - Cornell's HR office for confirmation. They would be the best source of accurate information.

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