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EDTECH/EMT Challenging BVNPT BOARD??

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Hey, guys!

I was just wondering if anyone could give me advice if they were ever in a particular situation:

I've been an EMT for almost 5 years now in California. During those years, I worked for an CCT/BLS ambulance company for a year and half. In 2017 I started working in an ER as a Tech. I took about 3 months off to work for a 911 company and then was rehired at another hospital and have been there for the past two years (they were more flexible with my schedule while I was going to Paramedic school). So I've been a Tech for about 3 years now. I've been trying to get into RN school, but compared to most who have outstanding GPAs as well as TEAS/HESI scores (also with years of health care experience) I haven't had much luck. I thought I try and at least get an LVN license so that way I could start working somewhere as a nurse and be able to use my license for credit while applying to schools. 

Do you guys think that I'll be able to challenge the board with this amount of experience? They require 51 months of bed-side nursing but a lot of the tasks they ask on the employment verification I did while I was working CCT & BLS, as well! They ask for experience with maternity/genitourinary as well which, again, I had working on the box and doing transports. 

If anyone wants to look over the requirements to be eligible here's the link:https://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/pdf/55a-12.pdf  <-- that's the employment verification.

Someone let me know! 

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By the way, I have called BoN and they explained they wouldn't be able to tell if we are eligible with work experience over the phone or in person. The only way is to submit an application and wait to see what the Board says you're missing. (Not a lot of help)

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SummitRN has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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I will be shocked if you are allowed to challenge LPN as an EMT. LPN is more than skills and experience. Your EMT training is on the level of a CNA.

No offense. Im being honest as an EMT.

I'd apply for those RN programs. If your GPA+scores meet the requirements it may not matter that others have higher GPA. If they don't meet the minimum, work to bring them up. 

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1 minute ago, SummitRN said:

I will be shocked if you are allowed to challenge LPN as an EMT. LPN is more than skills. Your EMT training is on the level of a CNA.

Yes. Here in Cali as long as you’ve been in the game for 4 1/2 years/51 months as a CNA/Tech you are allowed to challenge the board and take the NCLEX without ever doing a program. A lot of techs at my job who’ve been in the ER ONLY have done so and receive the LVN pay. I actually wanna work as an LVN, however. But I only have about 3 years of inpatient hospital work. But if I’m allowed to combine me working as an EMT it would sum up to almost 5 years !! Just wanted to see if anyone had heard of that before. 3 years in hospital and 1 1/2 years out in the field. 

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