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I am a Canadian paramedic, who has completed her LPN in Florida and has now found I can't write the boards because I do not have an American social security number. I would like to relocate from Ontario to Nova Scotia (and my plan was to work in Florida as a travel nurse part of the time). Do you know if the Nova Scotia regulatory board will accept my training as an LPN in Nova Scotia. I have written to them, now 3 times and have not received any acknowledgement of my request. Perhaps you know of other foreign trained LPN nurses working in your area. Thank you.

Silverdragon102, BSN

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Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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Have you tried contacting the college by telephone? You are also aware that as a LPN you will not meet TN requirements and get a visa allowing you to work in Florida?

kayakgirl58

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Hi Silver Dragon,

I have received a number of responses to my 'dilemma' regarding writing the florida LPN boards, as an 'alien', from you. Do you have any suggestions? Where do I go from here? Thank you.

Silverdragon102, BSN

1 Article; 39,477 Posts

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.
Hi Silver Dragon,

I have received a number of responses to my 'dilemma' regarding writing the florida LPN boards, as an 'alien', from you. Do you have any suggestions? Where do I go from here? Thank you.

To be honest I haven't heard of foreign applicants not being allowed to sit NCLEX especially if trained in the US the issue is whether the state will issue a license without a SSN and as a LPN you will not meet requirements for a work visa. To be honest you really need to consider doing your RN and then you will qualify for the NAFTA

Fiona59

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I think the possible solution is to to have the OPs Provincial College evaluate the education and determine if they can write CPNRE.

She is just going to have to keep calling them. Yes, phone call. Colleges are swamped with emails and paperwork and the expense of a phonecall will get you a living person.

linzz

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Specializes in Geriatrics, Med-Surg..

I agree with Fiona59, call them and wait on hold for as long as needed. It may take time. I am wondering if some of the paramedic training may be applicable to qualifying to write the CPRNE as the paramedic course in Ontario is two years long.

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