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As a foreign trained nurse do I register as RN or LPN?

shot_z specializes in train.rot. all exc. neurology.

I know I've been been a remember for a long time and was on the verge of submitting my CVS application years ago but things came up, hubby abandoned me and my daughter so my savings intended for my licensing fees and classes went into surviving and paying bills. Now that I was able to accumulate some savings due to promotions and tax returns I am looking into finally going back into nursing, my true calling and passion! 

I know I will have to take refresher courses to be able to practice and be hired and I remember back then a couple of ppl told me I wouldn't qualify for RN bc I don't have a degree bc of the nature of Registered Nurse training in Germany but my initial question for now is (and I can't believe I didn't think of this sooner):

Can I register as an LPN or LVN in NYS for a better chance of qualifying for licensure and employment and then down the road take an LPN to RN course? If so would it be the same process CVS + NYSBON + TOEFL + CPR/BLS and Abuse recognition course? 

Thank you so much in advance for your replies and advice

Silverdragon102 specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

If you require immigration then you have to go for RN as LPN will not get you immigrant visa. I would say go for RN and see what results are

shot_z specializes in train.rot. all exc. neurology.

I do not require immigration I am a permanent resident with green card and full work permit since 2002 on spousal visa and parent of a us citizen which is why I left the entire topic of immigration out of my post. 

I am only concerned my diploma degree from a hospital affiliated vocational nursing school may not qualify me for a NYS RN license but might be sufficient for an LPN or LVN.

Silverdragon102 specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

1 hour ago, shot_z said:

I do not require immigration I am a permanent resident with green card and full work permit since 2002 on spousal visa and parent of a us citizen which is why I left the entire topic of immigration out of my post. 

I am only concerned my diploma degree from a hospital affiliated vocational nursing school may not qualify me for a NYS RN license but might be sufficient for an LPN or LVN.

I only added immigration because your post didn’t indicate and for others reading they may think that they qualify for immigration. Which is why I say if you require. 
 

Until NY do their assessment it is hard to say whether you qualify for RN or not. 

shot_z specializes in train.rot. all exc. neurology.

Thank you Silverdragon. Do you know if I can apply for LVN or LPN if I get denied for RN? If so would I be able to use the same CVS from the RN application or would I have to pay for another CVS? 

Silverdragon102 specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

LVN is only for California. You maybe be able to use the same for NY LPN as RN but really up to BON

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