Challenging boards?

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by nursekatie22 nursekatie22, RN Member

Specializes in Med-Surg/Oncology/Telemetry/ICU.

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RussA

RussA, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg. 33 Posts

There are several states that accept license from California that is gained by military members taking the NCLEX-PN. I sat on the NCLEX-PN in 2001 and was licensed in California, and I was able to gain reciprocity and gain New Mexico licensure in 2004. I would have been able to do the same in NC, W.VA, and two other states that I can't recall. California did allow (2004), Independent Duty AF personnel with hospital/in-patient skill-set to sit on the NCLEX-RN. Also, I have met an Army medic that gained his LPN in Texas, and enter nursing programs as an LPN to later sit for the NCLEX-RN in a year.

There are corpsman/medics performing task in the military that surpass basic LPN skills - so having them challenge and work in the civilian sector IS (as safe or more so) safe. One just need to know their own weaknesses and limitations.

RussA, practicing RN....and still continue to learn

zeus18-d

zeus18-d

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Hello all and hoping someone answers this question. I have recently retired from the military and worked for 16 years as a medic. I live close on the Arizona/California border and want to challenge either state's boards. I was wondering if anyone new how the process works and if any tips can be passed my way.

Thanks again

Zeus

RussA

RussA, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg. 33 Posts

To be allowed to sit for the NCLEX-PN examination - See Method #4 for military. The website for California Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technician (BVNPT) is:

http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/Licensing/Forms.asp

NOTE: You need at least 12-month "bedside" experience.

If you have specific questions, you can contact BVNPT, information can be found at http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/Contact.asp

Are you planning to reside and practice in California? This method of obtaining a LVN/LPN license is not recognized in many states. Things change, and State legislatures/Board of Nursing can restrict reciprocity - I would check requirements for the state you plan to practice before going this route. BTW what branch of service/MOS/AFSC?

shelly304

shelly304

383 Posts

I was too busy doing my job as a CNA to gain the knowledge of an LPN! Good Lord, this scares me.

So...you can take a position as a CNA, work and be paid for 12 months and then sit for the boards. Wow.

RussA

RussA, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg. 33 Posts

Shelley304,

In the military, a medic receive specialized training that provide skill/knowledge that include skill-sets that is comparable to an LVN. The 12-month requirement for bedside does not equate to CNA duties. Depending on branch of service and duty location - medics can be seen doing NGT, IV, foleys, EKGs, cast/splints, etc. Advance skills obtained for some of these medics provide them to work independently (within protocols) that have them diagnosing, treating, and prescribing.

- So, when presenting military credentials of experience to the board, the submitter provides the skill-knowledge/skill-sets that is gained from AT LEAST 12 months beside experience to be considered.

shelly304

shelly304

383 Posts

Shelley304,

In the military, a medic receive specialized training that provide skill/knowledge that include skill-sets that is comparable to an LVN. The 12-month requirement for bedside does not equate to CNA duties. Depending on branch of service and duty location - medics can be seen doing NGT, IV, foleys, EKGs, cast/splints, etc. Advance skills obtained for some of these medics provide them to work independently (within protocols) that have them diagnosing, treating, and prescribing.

- So, when presenting military credentials of experience to the board, the submitter provides the skill-knowledge/skill-sets that is gained from AT LEAST 12 months beside experience to be considered.

Thanks Russ! Medics I understand. A CNA with 12 months experience...

no way! I learn something new each day. I just cannot fathom this is acceptable. Licensed professionals are so up in arms about Certified Medical Assistants. I will not be surprised when being able to challange (as a LPN) RN boards becomes a reality. I got the new issue of Advance for LPNs and it is really being pushed for.

Good post-good info. See? I learned something new!

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