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How long til IL BON approves application?

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Hi all,

I am a frustrated new graduate ( yay!) moving from MN to Chicago in about 5 weeks. I really want to get my NCLEX scheduled ASAP! (Taking Kaplan right now).

All my classmates (staying in MN for the most part) received their ATT numbers on Monday of this week. Does IL take especially long to send those out? I've done the registering, paying of fees, etc. On the Pearson Vue website it shows my status as "Eligibility Pending". I've called Pearson Vue candidate services 4 times TODAY and got nowhere. They just re-sent me my registration confirmation email (gee, thanks :uhoh3: ). I called the CTS (continental testing service) and got recorded messages with no option to talk to anyone. Has anyone else had experience with this?

I've also had a tough time finding a JOB in Chicago. I've applied for MANY staff RN positions and feel like I get no where (when I say many, I mean no less than 50 positions at several different hospitals). I do the follow-up calls, emails, etc. and get the standard "We will contact you if we want to interview you." I know my resume doesn't have anything stellar on it - but I think it likely resembles that of any other new grad out there. Any advice? Thanks in advance!

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oMerMero specializes in ICU.

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In general, IL takes much longer than MN. I moved from MN to Chicago awhile back, and IL was very slow to process. Where have you applied in Chicago? You can PM me if you want.

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cookielady,rn has 2 years experience and specializes in post surgical, tele, icu.

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any idea on how long it takes for the temporary permit if you're eligible by endorsement?

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nursetmj specializes in NICU, Vascular, Oncology, Telemetry.

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Good question!

I stumbled upon the fact that I needed to be fingerprinted in the state of IL (tough to do since I'm moving there in 3 weeks and don't have time to make a quick trip for a fingerprint) and send a packet of info from my school with the official school seal from my program director -- all this in order for the IL BON to approve my application.

SO.....in an attempt to save time, I switched my registration BACK to MN in the hopes it will be quicker to get an initial (MN) license and do the license by endorsement. Not sure how long that takes. Anyone else know?

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oMerMero specializes in ICU.

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I received my permit aobut three weeks after sending in all the paperwork. Although I ran into trouble with my social security number being entered incorrectly, so the permit did not have number right. Once that was fixed (which took awhile because they made me fill out change of name forms even though nothing with me changed), I got my permanent license within a few weeks. Then then sent me a replacement temp permit after that...not that I needed it or anything.

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nursetmj specializes in NICU, Vascular, Oncology, Telemetry.

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Thanks oMerMero. Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but were you able to work during that time you were awaiting your permit?

Gee, if I can get my act together I might actually have a license by the end of the summer! :idea: (Praying hard it's WAAAAY sooner than that!)

Poor college student! Will work for food!:lol2:

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Thanks oMerMero. Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but were you able to work during that time you were awaiting your permit?

Not in a professional capacity until you have permit or license in hand. Not even to begin RN orientation. Your only options would be as a nurse assistant or patient care technician.

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it takes about 2 weeks. you should call the lady at continental testing early in the morning like at 8am....

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN and specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

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When I moved to IL in 1996 (from IN), the hospital which was by new employee wouldn't allow me to start with a temp permit, had to be permanent license. The thing that took so long for me was getting all the info sent to all the states where I had ever held a nursing license! Whew

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cookielady,rn has 2 years experience and specializes in post surgical, tele, icu.

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the IDPR told me today the temp permit takes about 5 1/2 weeks from time received for endorsement applicants.

now all I need is a j-o-b

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beauex has 2+ years experience.

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hi nursetmj! i jz like to ask if IELTS is ok for Illinois...i know they require TOEFL as an english exam.

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I just got my license via endorsement, my application was received May 11 and my license issued on May 30. As a Phil-educated nurse, I did not anymore submit TOEFL because my CES already indicated that English was the medium of instruction in my nursing education.

God bless.

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