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Challenging The Boards To Become A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a CRRN, now a case management RN.

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The purpose of this article is to further explore the detailed process that an unlicensed healthcare worker must complete to challenge the boards and become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in the state of California. You are reading page 3 of Challenging The Boards To Become A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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Hi,

I wonder if anyone can advise me. I am an Irish RN with a BSN and five years experience working in England. I recently moved to California and when I applied to the BRN to get my rn license they said I have to do more psych and obstetrics. Getting a place in a college is near impossible but I am determined to do it! It is looking like the earliest I can have these classes done by is next summer. In the meantime I was thinking of trying to get an LVN license.

The board have said I should qualify but I don't think the person I spoke to seemed to know very much so I don't want to trust her word and spend more money if I will be rejected. I was wondering if I might qualify on my degree alone or will I have to go by my experience. The issue I have is that if it depends on experience I will not have enough maternity or peads or psych hours as you cannot work in those areas as an RN in Ireland / England. It is a separate qualification / speciality. The other issue I have with this is that I would rather not have to get my past managers to have to fill in the forms as i know they are never going to find the time (really understaffed, stressful departments) and it will drag out the process. Does it have to me my managers or could HR fill out the forms?

Sorry for so many questions!

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Yea I would guess that studying for the nclex pn would be harder cause you don't have a teacher their telling you what to study for, I'm studying too ughh.

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Hi,

I wonder if anyone can advise me. I am an Irish RN with a BSN and five years experience working in England. I recently moved to California and when I applied to the BRN to get my rn license they said I have to do more psych and obstetrics. Getting a place in a college is near impossible but I am determined to do it! It is looking like the earliest I can have these classes done by is next summer. In the meantime I was thinking of trying to get an LVN license.

The board have said I should qualify but I don't think the person I spoke to seemed to know very much so I don't want to trust her word and spend more money if I will be rejected. I was wondering if I might qualify on my degree alone or will I have to go by my experience. The issue I have is that if it depends on experience I will not have enough maternity or peads or psych hours as you cannot work in those areas as an RN in Ireland / England. It is a separate qualification / speciality. The other issue I have with this is that I would rather not have to get my past managers to have to fill in the forms as i know they are never going to find the time (really understaffed, stressful departments) and it will drag out the process. Does it have to me my managers or could HR fill out the forms?

Sorry for so many questions!

The managers will have a better handle on what is required to describe your experience. A mix of education and experience can be used to meet the requirements, but your education should be enough. Get with an advisor at the Board to find out if you can apply just based on education. Go on the website to get the details and download application/forms. Good luck.

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Are there any LVN s who did method#3 and took the nclexpn and passed tell me what you studied to pass thanks.

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Are there any LVN s who did method#3 and took the nclexpn and passed tell me what you studied to pass thanks.

My RN education at the time was sufficient to allow me to pass. I also had NCLEX-RN prep books. I would recommend any of the NCLEX-PN review books that are available.

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Nic88

The managers will have a better handle on what is required to describe your experience. A mix of education and experience can be used to meet the requirements, but your education should be enough. Get with an advisor at the Board to find out if you can apply just based on education. Go on the website to get the details and download application/forms. Good luck.

Just looked online, this is the link you need:

BVNPT - Method 3: Qualification Based on Equivalent Education and/or Experience

From my quick look at the requirements listed there, it seems that your education should be sufficient without having to worry about getting work verified.

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This is going to be a challenge self teaching cause the nclex pn is more than just bedside care ?? It's maternal, psychological, pharmacology, surgical phew.. I bought out amazon's nursing book section.

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The best advice I have ever gleaned from the NCLEX forum section here is to do question after question after question, day in and day out, until your exam. You should check out the NCLEX section to get other advice related to taking the exam. Good luck.

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Does concorde college offer night classes for lvn and pm clinicals?

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a CRRN, now a case management RN.

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Does concorde college offer night classes for lvn and pm clinicals?
Concorde's evening LVN program usually consists of weekend clinical rotations and evening didactic (classroom) courses.

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I wouldn't want a nurse taking care of me who had no formal training. No offense.

As a corpsman, you have way more experience from working in the hospital wards, clinics, and or on the field with the marines. I've done things my mom an RN is not allowed to do. There are also independent duty corpsman (IDC) who acts as providers. You would rather have a new grad LVN take care of you who has only enough clinical experience just to graduate a 1.5yr school. Or would you rather have a fully trained corpsman (trained by doctors, nurses, NP's, and other medical staff) who challenges the LVN boards?

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