Va. licenscing ?

  1. Hi everyone,

    I will be moving to the Fredericksburg area soon and a had a few questions. When I graduate from nursing school, should I take the NCLEX-RN in my home state now (Ga) or wait and take it in Va? Does it even matter? If i take it in Ga., will I have to pay more fees to get going in Va.? I actually go to school in South Carolina, so should I take it there, instead? Its SO confusing

    Also, can anyone recommend any hospitals in that area that I should look into? What do you think about going to the ED straight from school? is that even possible? I know people say that I should do a year on a med/surg floor, but I am a PCA there now and HATE it!!! I dont mind the surgical floors so much, though... What about just 6 months, instead?
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  3. by   fuerza757
    You don't have to take your board in GA if you are planning on relocating to VA. I graduated in MD and took my boards for the State VA, I moved the same month of my graduation. If you take them in GA you will be paying to transfer for VA license. It doesn't mean you have to take your exam in VA. Where ever the testing center is the results will be forwarded to your state of choice. .there is now a nationwide Licensing in participating states VA is one of them, check with the GA board of nursing, I believe they are but not sure, not all states are participating. I am not sure if it is offered to grads or not. It works like this if you take your boards in GA, and then come to VA you can practice but you must register with the board of nursing in va but you can work right away and not have to wait until your VA license arrives.......I think that's how it works......Good Luck.....check out both websites for VA and GA and look for national licensing.

    Quote from Derbygurl
    Hi everyone,

    I will be moving to the Fredericksburg area soon and a had a few questions. When I graduate from nursing school, should I take the NCLEX-RN in my home state now (Ga) or wait and take it in Va? Does it even matter? If i take it in Ga., will I have to pay more fees to get going in Va.? I actually go to school in South Carolina, so should I take it there, instead? Its SO confusing

    Also, can anyone recommend any hospitals in that area that I should look into? What do you think about going to the ED straight from school? is that even possible? I know people say that I should do a year on a med/surg floor, but I am a PCA there now and HATE it!!! I dont mind the surgical floors so much, though... What about just 6 months, instead?
  4. by   Khadijah2
    Hi,
    I'm from King George, VA which is about 25 minutes from Fredericksburg. Everyone I know goes to Mary Washington Hospital. They are apart of Medicorp which has a variety of different healthcare systems. Here is the link to their employment website. You can browse the positions at the different facilities and apply online.
    http://www.medicorp.org/employment.mgi
    I am overseas now with my husband, but will be returning to live in Fredericksburg/King George in Mid-March/April. I plan to start applying to nursing schools. If you need any help with the area, just PM me.
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I'd wait and take it in VA to avoid paying the fees twice, not to mention it's one less test to stress about.

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