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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 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 4 of Challenging The Boards To Become A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

scott414 has 11 years experience and works as a LPN- Family Practice Clinic.

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To RN Fiona...

I disagree..... I did 20 years active duty air force as a medic, worked on the med surg floors, starting IV's, dropping NG's in the ER, Did a deployment during desert shield/storm taking care of people who had parts of their bodies blown off by IED's. I was able to challenge and pass the California lvn nclex on 1st try and have worked for the past 11 years at a military clinic. I do think that I am well versed and trained in all aspects.........! just my .02

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scott414 has 11 years experience and works as a LPN- Family Practice Clinic.

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The major downfalls associated with this method of becoming an LVN is that these nurses cannot be licensed in other states. In addition, some healthcare facilities in California will not hire LVNs who became licensed through this method due to policies that require new hires to graduate from an approved school of nursing.

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JustBeachyNurse has 10 years experience as a RN and works as a Nurse.

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The major downfalls associated with this method of becoming an LVN is that these nurses cannot be licensed in other states. In addition, some healthcare facilities in California will not hire LVNs who became licensed through this method due to policies that require new hires to graduate from an approved school of nursing.

Yes it is. Several tried endorsing to TX or OK or PA or NJ and denied a LPN license by endorsement as they did not graduate from nursing school.

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Case Management RN.

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The major downfalls associated with this method of becoming an LVN is that these nurses cannot be licensed in other states. In addition, some healthcare facilities in California will not hire LVNs who became licensed through this method due to policies that require new hires to graduate from an approved school of nursing.
The Veterans Administration in other states may or may not hire you.

However, other state boards of nursing require endorsement applicants to have graduated from an approved practical/vocational nursing program. You have not graduated from such a program, so the vast majority of state BONs will not grant you an LPN/LVN license by endorsement.

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Wow.. I didn't know this. I'm currently working at a military base as an Lon which hired me 10 yrs ago. The reason I asked is we are looking at a possible move to Arizona sometime within next year and looking at options to work there.

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I took a vocational nursing program in Texas and graduated in September,2011 I ran out of time to get licensed.I need to find out can I challenge the board of nursing in California to take the nclex.

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I took a vocational nursing program in Texas and graduated in September,2011 I ran out of time to get licensed.I need to find out can I challenge the board of nursing in California to take the nclex.

The license will only be valid in CA and not endorsable to any other state. You need to go to the BVNPT website and review the requirements for method 3 (equivalent education or experience)

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After "challenging the LVN California Board" and passing it (now, a licensed LVN). Does anybody knows if Veterans Hospital hire licensed LVN without being a graduate of an accredited school (LPN or LVN)? I almost finished an ADN program here in California. Unfortunately, I failed during the last semester. That's why I decided to at least take the LVN board.

I hope someone out there knows something about VA policy. I don't have any military service. Thanks.

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After "challenging the LVN California Board" and passing it (now, a licensed LVN). Does anybody knows if Veterans Hospital hire licensed LVN without being a graduate of an accredited school (LPN or LVN)? I almost finished an ADN program here in California. Unfortunately, I failed during the last semester. That's why I decided to at least take the LVN board.

I hope someone out there knows something about VA policy. I don't have any military service. Thanks.

If not military you generally need to be a graduate of an accredited or approved nursing school. So someone who challenged would not be eligible. The rules change all the time though and there are exceptions for those with desired experience

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I have worked as a CNA for 4 years in a hospital on a med/sug/telemetry unit I don't have any experience on maternity or pediatrics. Would I still be able to obtain my LVN this way? If not how would I go about getting the 6 weeks of experience on the other units?

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I have worked as a CNA for 4 years in a hospital on a med/sug/telemetry unit I don't have any experience on maternity or pediatrics. Would I still be able to obtain my LVN this way? If not how would I go about getting the 6 weeks of experience on the other units?

Not without experience in all required areas and completion of a pharmacology course. There are restrictions on this license if you read the BVNPT website and it's invalid in any other state/ineligible for endorsement. Those few that I know imported this worked in a hospital setting as a CNA for 5+ years and worked with clinical education to work in the mandated units as well as perform all mandated skills. These were well established, respected employees that the facility decided to assist in this route.

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Thank you to everyone that has commented and responded to this post. I know this post was made a while ago but I'm hoping that someone will be able to answer my question. I am currently in an LVN program and was just informed that I will not pass the Leadership module, therefore I will not graduate the program. I did pass all the other modules. Does anyone know if I would qualify for the option to challenge the board for LVN licensure? Thank you

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