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Florida BON/What I need to know

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Has 3 years experience.

Hi Everyone, thinking about doing the NCLEX in Florida. What do I need to know about the Florida BON. I am from New York. I like it here and may move here in the near future. Thank You.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

You contact the FL BoN for licensing by examination. Complete the application, pay fees and submit your educational credentials

You need to let them know that you have previously attempted the NCLEX (including dates) for NYBoN. Know that if you fail the NCLEX 3x in FL you are mandated to take a BoN approved refresher course before you can sit for the NCLEX a fourth time. You out of state attempts count in the first 3. So if you took the NCLEX 4 times for NY and failed you would need to pay for and successfully complete the clinical & classroom refresher course before eligible to take the NCLEX again for FL BoN.

caroladybelle, BSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology/Haemetology/HIV.

Also investigate the job prospects and the pay rates in FL. Both tend to be rather poor.

RNfindingherway, BSN, RN

Has 3 years experience.

What no financial aid? I paid nursing school from my pocket and I am still broke because of that.

RNfindingherway, BSN, RN

Has 3 years experience.

Thank you so much JustBeachyNurse. I really do appreciate the information. Do you live in Florida?

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

No I don't live in Florida. There is no financial aid for remediation courses just like there is no financial aid for NCLEX prep classes, BoN licensing fees or NCLEX registration fees.

If you are in debt you may want to reconsider Florida as nurse wages ( especially if no BSN ) are some of the lowest in the nations. Members have reported that starting wages under $20/hr some even $16-18/hr for an inexperienced RN.

RNfindingherway, BSN, RN

Has 3 years experience.

Wow. That's unbelievable. I will definitely look into this some more.

Would you happen to know if I could take the nclex pn in NY if i failed 3x in florida? Or i will not be able to take in NY i have to do the refresher course no matter what state? Plus I am moving now to PA so i doubt i will be able to take anything in Florida now? i'm so confused i don't know what to do, or just give up, i can't find anything online on information about this. Please help if you know anything thank you!

RNfindingherway, BSN, RN

Has 3 years experience.

Hi Rextar, I am sorry to hear about you not passing the NCLEX. I know it feel like the end of the world but it is not. Here in New York you can talk the NCLEX until you pass but you have to wait 45 days to retake. Call the New York BON and they will give you additional informationthat you need. I hope this helps. All the best to you and don't give up the fight.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Would you happen to know if I could take the nclex pn in NY if i failed 3x in florida? Or i will not be able to take in NY i have to do the refresher course no matter what state? Plus I am moving now to PA so i doubt i will be able to take anything in Florida now? i'm so confused i don't know what to do, or just give up, i can't find anything online on information about this. Please help if you know anything thank you!

Why not take a refresher or prep class? You've already paid $600 in NCLEX fees plus application fees and will have to pay another $200 to retest and ~$200 to apply to NY or PA. You need help if what you are doing hasn't worked yet. Go to PA board of nursing and look at the requirements for an LPN license by examination.