Foreign educated nurses, refresher course

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chigor

chigor

6 Posts

Okay.. They sent me a letter asking about my experiences.. And I don't have any experience at all since I got my degree last 2003, does it mean that I need to take the whole program of nurse? Or FEns?

wellenphilnurse

wellenphilnurse

10 Posts

I'm not sure about that.most probably just the fens. Call the board of nursing in your state and clarify that to them.I'm sorry I can't help you I'm also new in this whole process.

neraknaj

neraknaj

25 Posts

You don't need to take refresher course once you pass your test. I took my NCLEX-RN last week and passed, I'm on the process on endorsing my license from Hawaii to Texas. Anyhow, I called Texas BON to clarify about refresher course since I'm a foreign nurse who graduated 2007 in the Philippines. Texas BON representative told me I don't have to do refresher course since I just passed the test last week even if I graduated 2007. Refresher course are only for those who passed the test 4 years ago and did not apply for license in Texas. Hope this helps.

wellenphilnurse

wellenphilnurse

10 Posts

That would be great if I'm not going to take the fens refresher course but they sent me a letter stating that I have to take fens-refresher course since I don't have have a 2-year experience after I graduated in the Philippines í ½í¸•. I graduated 2011 and I have 9 months of experienced in the our country. Congratulations btw í ½í¸Š

neraknaj

neraknaj

25 Posts

Well that's what they told me, refresher course are only for those who passed the test and did not apply within 4 years. Did you take you NCLEX-RN already? They might changed it once you passed your test. I called them twice just to confirm and same response from them.

wellenphilnurse

wellenphilnurse

10 Posts

No I didn't take the test yet. I'm in Pearson vue step, just need to pay and wait for my att. Hopefully they will change their mind because it's expensive to get a refreseher course :( thank you for all the info,I'm from Houston btw

marjong0427

marjong0427

4 Posts

Hi! same with wellenphilnurse, While i was on the process of my NCLEX application, i received a letter from TEXAS BON requiring me to take FENS. It state that "The FENS is completed after passing the NCLEX. The FENS is required for international applicants who have not practiced a minimum of 2 years within the 4 years preceding the filing of their application." I just passed my exam last November. So should i call TEXAS BON and asked them about the FENS? hhhmm,good for you cause they didn't require you anymore to undergo FEN. Hope that it will work with me.

You don't need to take refresher course once you pass your test. I took my NCLEX-RN last week and passed, I'm on the process on endorsing my license from Hawaii to Texas. Anyhow, I called Texas BON to clarify about refresher course since I'm a foreign nurse who graduated 2007 in the Philippines. Texas BON representative told me I don't have to do refresher course since I just passed the test last week even if I graduated 2007. Refresher course are only for those who passed the test 4 years ago and did not apply for license in Texas. Hope this helps.
neraknaj

neraknaj

25 Posts

I thought I was going to take FENS as well but they said "no" since I just passed my test. Also, my BON is Hawaii and I just endorsed it here after I passed. I already got my license in texas and starting to work next month. Hopefully once you pass your test it shouldnt be a problem.

deressa86

deressa86

2 Posts

Hi im glad i found this topic. im also from the philippines, graduated nursing in 2007... i just passed my nclex last week and after my manager found out she immediately put me into nurse orientation, i worked as a CNA in houston methodist. my concern is, i did not receive a letter before i took the test, that i need to do a refresher course... my friend had to take the fens and we graduated on same year, the only difference is that she took her first nclex more than 4 years ago.. should i be worried that they might tell me to take the fens? but i didnt receive a letter from bon stating that i need to do fens..

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 12 years experience. 1 Article; 13,952 Posts

You pass the nclex then they notify you. Have you worked as an RN?

deressa86

deressa86

2 Posts

Nope they haven't notify me for anything yet so far... I worked as an RN before but it was less than 2 years.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 12 years experience. 1 Article; 13,952 Posts

So you will either get a license or a referral for FENS with a temp permit to complete the clinical component. The refresher courses are not cheap but it could lead to job referrals if you do well