New Graduate Liscense

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    Hello!
    I am graduating from nursing school soon and just got a job in D.C. I currently live in St. Louis, but want to just go ahead and get my D.C. liscense. Can I take the NCLEX in STL for D.C.? What is the process to get registered to take the NCLEX? I looked on the board's website and found it confusing and not at all helpful. When I called to ask for help the person answering was very rude and didn't answer any of my questions. Any tips would be much appreciated!
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    1. submit transcript to state board
    2. receive ATT/permission to test in mail/email
    3. register for exam at pearsonvue.com
    Last edit by friend5 on Dec 15, '09
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    If I were you, I'd consider just getting your license in Missouri, then after you pass the NCLEX, applying for your DC license. I just started working in DC in October, and that's what I did.
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    Quote from malenurz
    If I were you, I'd consider just getting your license in Missouri, then after you pass the NCLEX, applying for your DC license. I just started working in DC in October, and that's what I did.
    If you know that you're going to DC, and not going to practice in MO, why pay for two licenses?
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    I agree it doesn't make financial sense, but, it is much easier to get the license in the state of your nursing school, rather than having to jump through the hoops of trying to convince the DC folks that your transcripts, application etc etc are legitimate. There is a fair amount of bureacracy involved while applying for your license online - and a lot of waiting for paperwork to go through, plus the background check, fingerprints etc etc etc.

    I just think it makes sense. At least it did for me.

    Malenurz
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    How long did it take for you to get endorsement when you got your Mo license first? That's not a bad idea because I might come back to STL eventually.
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    I had my original license in another state (not MO) but the most important consideration is being sure that you have all of your ducks in a row. Make sure all of your t's are crossed and your i's are dotted once you have your license when you're applying to another state. Because if you are missing 1 piece of paperwork, or one endorsement, signature, etc, no one is going to tell you. Your paperwork will just sit in bureaucratic limbo. (In my case, I didn't know I had to go to the nursys website). If you have everything taken care of, you can either mail it in, and it takes 4-6 weeks, or you can stop by the office and have it done that day.
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    Awesome, thanks!


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