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Being a nurse in the US

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hi..

i just got my bachelor's degree in nursing here in the philippines.. i'm planning to apply for nclex in nevada so i can work there as a nurse and i was just wondering if it is a requirement in nevada to have a license in the country of origin...because in some states they do..and if ever they require it in nevada,is there any other states in the US where they dont require a license from the country of your origin...

thanks and godbless

Welcome to allnurses! :balloons:

I have moved your post to the International Nursing forum, as that is where we try to keep all questions/discussions about practicing in another country. There is lots of information about working in the US already posted here -- please have a look at some of the existing threads.

Here are links to a few threads of particular interest, to get you started:

https://allnurses.com/forums/f75/star...us-160143.html

https://allnurses.com/forums/f75/lice...ms-301858.html

https://allnurses.com/forums/f75/reli...pe-300512.html

Again, welcome, and best wishes!

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

With retrogression and looking at a few years wait to go to the US (if lucky) better to get local license and gain experience whilst waiting.

At this point in time, really does not matter if a state requires the local license or not, but the fact that you will not be able to get any experience anywhere without having one, and therefore your chances of getting hired by a facility in the US are going to be cut considerably as well as getting the approval from US immigration for a visa as well.

Would focus on taking and passing the NLE before doing anything else.

You are also applying for licensure, impossible to apply for the NCLEX exam.

thanks for the replies..

so it is impossible for me to take the nclex exam without me passing the local board exam here?

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

We are not saying it is impossible to apply for licensure to be a RN in the US if you haven't taken local exam but because you are looking at several years wait due to retrogression would be better to take local board and gain experience working as a RN either in your own country or in another country. Some BON's/BRN's have changed their requirement for local license and expect to see more joining suite

thanks so much for the insights.. i will be taking my local board exam this november.. hope i pass =)

i've heard the state of california and nevada now requires a board passer on the country of origin.. is it true?

right now i just recieved the nclex packet from nevada bon. after i complete all the requirements and ces from cgfns i would be mailing my application. how manhy months is the waiting period for me to wait for the "ATT"?

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

Ca is now very strict re local license. I am not sure on Nevada but will state on their website. Average processing time with BON is 4 months give or take as a lot depends on how smoothly they receive your paperwork

thanks so much for the insights.. i will be taking my local board exam this november.. hope i pass =)

i've heard the state of california and nevada now requires a board passer on the country of origin.. is it true?

right now i just recieved the nclex packet from nevada bon. after i complete all the requirements and ces from cgfns i would be mailing my application. how manhy months is the waiting period for me to wait for the "ATT"?

Again, you have not received an NCLEX packet, there is no such thing, and if you look at the paperwork that was sent to you, you will not see any mention of the NCLEX exam. It is for licensure as an RN in the state of Nevada.

The BON does not issue the ATT, that is done by Pearson-Vue once they have received payment and the state has released permission to test to them. They cannot just issue the ATT without a release being given to them as well.

If one needs the local license, then suggest that you wait until that is done as they will not complete your processing without it.

Usual wait for the ATT is about six weeks, if one has the CES completed and the state accepts everything, and they have the local license if required.

Ca is now very strict re local license. I am not sure on Nevada but will state on their website. Average processing time with BON is 4 months give or take as a lot depends on how smoothly they receive your paperwork

very strict indeed! when i applied, i sent all the requirements except my license. I explained to them that due to the volume of graduates taking the NLE, it would take some time for the PRC to release the results and the license. After 6 months of waiting, they sent me a letter telling me that i need to send my license within 2 years if not, they will destroy my records. Its a good thing when that letter arrived, I mailed my license a month before. Now, they approved me to sit in the NCLEX exam. whew

Again, you have not received an NCLEX packet, there is no such thing, and if you look at the paperwork that was sent to you, you will not see any mention of the NCLEX exam. It is for licensure as an RN in the state of Nevada.

The BON does not issue the ATT, that is done by Pearson-Vue once they have received payment and the state has released permission to test to them. They cannot just issue the ATT without a release being given to them as well.

If one needs the local license, then suggest that you wait until that is done as they will not complete your processing without it.

Usual wait for the ATT is about six weeks, if one has the CES completed and the state accepts everything, and they have the local license if required.

thanks again suzanne.. =) I'm really confused here, sorry. So after i have accomplished the packet fron NV-BON, what next? Accomplish the CES,pay $378 by bankdraft then... Go to pearson-view and settle payment.. I think its $200 thru creditcard right? I mean how would I know when to go to pearson-view and settle the payment? Will the NV-Bon tell me like its 'OK' or a return letter of some sort... thanks so much again..

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

You will get eligibility from BON to register with pearsonvue, we do not recommend registering with them until you have the OK from BON as application is valid for 12 months and if there are any delays with getting eligibility you may end up paying again. If sitting outside the US then it is $350 only $200 if within the US and taking the exam.

Would suggest get CES done and a copy sent to Nevada, once CES is done send application to BON and any fees, wait and then register with pearsonvue and pay any fees

They are not even going to do a thing with your application until they receive the CES report from CGFNS. They will not process it or do anything with it, that is why it is always best to get these type of things done first before submitting to any BON.

Whatever else that you do now, do not under any circumstances pay the fee to Pearson-Vue and register with them. You never want to do that as a foreign grad until you know for sure that your credentials have been accepted by the state BON.

Please read the Primer at the top of this page, it discusses everything that needs to be done.

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