(Canadian) US RN License Endorsement to California

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Specializes in Medical - Surgical/ General Surgery/ICU.

Looking at other options this year, I wanted to endorse my Maine RN license to California. Working in the US for 1 year now proved promising. Being said that, the process will probably painstaking/hard since I am internationally educated (in Canada) and  Cali is not a compact State, but I am open to challenges. Regardless of the result, at least I tried. 

* I started this thread so I can update every steps.

Feb 2021 - Paid endorsement application fee ($799) with fingerprinting fee. 

Specializes in Medical-Surgical Nursing.
Specializes in Med surg/ tele, LDRP.

Hey good luck! I'm US trained and also just applied last week for endorsement in California. I'm worried about needing an oral communication class as that wasn't required for my nursing program. Getting my finger prints done with livescan in CA on Friday. I'm currently living in AZ but originally from long beach, CA. 

Specializes in Medical - Surgical/ General Surgery/ICU.
On 3/25/2021 at 1:23 AM, buffalo2122 said:

Hey good luck! 

Hey, thanks. My application is still pending. I haven't done the finger print yet. I need to mail it after. 

Specializes in Med surg/ tele, LDRP.
On 3/30/2021 at 10:41 PM, hypnotizer90 said:

Hey, thanks. My application is still pending. I haven't done the finger print yet. I need to mail it after. 

Yeah I still have to do my fingerprints with livescan. They're processing Feb 1-15 apps for US ?. My app is a month away from their processing dates. 

Specializes in Medical - Surgical/ General Surgery/ICU.
2 minutes ago, buffalo2122 said:

Yeah I still have to do my fingerprints with livescan. They're processing Feb 1-15 apps for US ?. My app is a month away from their processing dates. 

Mine is international endorsement and they are still processing Jan 16-31st. I am not really in a rush so I decided to apply at an ICU job at another State. 

Specializes in Med surg/ tele, LDRP.
2 minutes ago, hypnotizer90 said:

Mine is international endorsement and they are still processing Jan 16-31st. I am not really in a rush so I decided to apply at an ICU job at another State. 

It's better if you're not In a rush because the obsession of always checking their site is insane ?. I still have to finish my home remodel then put it on the market. Ideally if we could move to CA before the fall school year that would be amazing but I doubt things will move that quickly for us. 

Specializes in Medical - Surgical/ General Surgery/ICU.

I just wanted to know if I'm going back to school so I could research for school rather than wasting time kept checking on Breeze.

Maybe I need to relocate to a State nearby California I.e. AZ vs NV vs OR and commute to school. Arizona is compact State but how is cost of living & RN rate in there? 

Specializes in Med surg/ tele, LDRP.

Yeah agreed. Hopefully those deficiencies will show up sooner than later so you can get started. I can't speak for NV or OR although the more urban cities in OR are very expensive, and cost of living is high. I live in Northern AZ in a ski resort college town, it's pretty expensive here to live.  A one bedroom here goes for $1375. There are several places in AZ that are more affordable like Phoenix and it's suburbs, Cottonwood, Prescott. The average median home cost in AZ is $241k. However the housing market right now has increased properties values so what you would normally get for that is now selling for $320-400k. The new grad RN rate where I live Is $29/hr. With experience they start at ~$32. Hospitals pay more than home health or outpatient facilities. Mayo Hospital is probably the best in Az as far as pay, they are a Magnet hospital. The Banner hospitals are also well respected. 

Specializes in Med surg/ tele, LDRP.
On 4/1/2021 at 8:04 PM, hypnotizer90 said:

Mine is international endorsement and they are still processing Jan 16-31st. I am not really in a rush so I decided to apply at an ICU job at another State. 

Hey just wanted to update. I did the online app on Mar 22, sent my transcripts Mar 23rd and my livescan Apr 15th. I got my RN license number on Apr 16th! Less than a month for processing. The online app and livescan def sped up the process. 

Specializes in Medical - Surgical/ General Surgery/ICU.

Yes, definitely faster for US applicants. That's amazing!  

Specializes in Med surg/ tele, LDRP.
1 minute ago, hypnotizer90 said:

Yes, definitely faster for US applicants. That's amazing!  

I didn't think they would even be looking at it until they were processing march apps but maybe doing it online and the livescan is a shortcut?

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