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Licensure by endorsement or go to Florida to test?

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cnsrn1 cnsrn1 (New) New

Hello!

I am about to graduate in 2 weeks and have to decide if I want to take the NCLEX here in Pennsylvania where I currently live, or fly down to florida to take it (which is where i'm moving to and planning on working starting in August of this year).

I guess my question is: if I take the NCLEX in PA, how long will the process take to transfer my license to Florida (by endorsement)? I know state things can be slow, but I wasn't sure if anyone else went through this process immediately after obtaining their license or had suggestions? If I take the NCELX sometime in June, would I even have time to transfer it by August?

I'm not really leaning one way more than the other. Both have pros and cons based on my personal life right now. I really am open to suggestions and hearing what has worked for you! Thanks

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Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

You don't need to fly to Florida to take NCLEX- you can take it where you are now as it's a national exam. What matters is to which BON you apply for licensure. If you have no intention of working in PA, then it makes sense to go straight to applying to FL for licensure by exam. Then you can completely skip the step of applying for licensure by endorsement.

If you know that you will not work as an RN, it mames no sense tl apply for licensure in PA. However, all states use the NCLEX RN for initial licensure by examination. This means that you can go to school in one state (PA), apply for licensure ib another state (FL), and actually write the NCLEX RN at any authorized testing center.

Okay, thank you for the information. My advisor told me if I take the test in Pennsylvania, I will receive a Pennsylvania license...I explained the whole wanting to just apply for Florida without going down, but he said I either had to take it in PA and get a PA license or fly to Florida to test or just apply for endorsement.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

Your instructor is misinformed. Sad that those doing the educating don't even know the basic information about the test they are preparing their students to take.

Thanks for informing me. It's a little frustrating. So am I to just register for Pearson VUE and then Florida State board of nursing instead of Pennsylvania state board? I was only given instructions on how to register for PA, but i'm assuming if I follow the steps for PA but through Florida state board of nursing, it's roughly the same? And then will my ATT will allow me to test in PA? I appreciate the help. I'm not entirely clear on the whole process. I'm calling florida and pearson vue tomorrow.

Edited by cnsrn1

Yes, you need to register through the Florida Board of Nursing. If you haven't visited their Licensed Practical Nurse & Registered Nurse by Examination page you should as it provides guidance in exactly what you need to do.

As to testing location, you do not have to take the NCLEX RN for Florida at a testing site in Florida. Once you get your authorization to test you can then take the NCLEX RN at any approved testing site, anywhere in the world.

Thank you VERY much for clarifying this. This saves a lot of stress and an unneeded flight down. Thank you

cyc0sys

Specializes in EMS, LTC, Sub-acute Rehab. Has 6 years experience.

You'll have to take an 85 hour NCLEX prep course for a Florida license.

You'll have to take an 85 hour NCLEX prep course for a Florida license.

Source?

calivianya, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

I endorsed to Florida and it didn't take long at all - two weeks or less, if I remember correctly. It would definitely be more expedient just to get your FL license the first time around, but it's really not a hassle to endorse there if you can't for some reason.

You'll need to ask your school to send your documentation to the FL BON when you graduate. All nursing programs automatically send the information on their graduating students to their own state BON, and most students aren't even aware that that happens and is necessary. Your school can just as easily send the info to the FL BON -- but they need to know that you want them to do that.

I don't fault the students for not knowing this. However, it is inexcusable that the schools either don't know or are unable or unwilling to help those that desire licensure in other states.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pedi. Has 10 years experience.

You'll have to take an 85 hour NCLEX prep course for a Florida license.

What is your source on this? I just read the requirements on the FL BoN's website, posted by chare, and it says nothing of the sort. There would be no reason for any BoN to require an applicant for licensure by examination to take any sort of prep course on their first attempt at NCLEX.

The closest thing that it says to your claim is that "After three failures of the same level of examination (RN, LPN), regardless of jurisdiction, the applicant must successfully complete a Florida Board of Nursing approved remedial training program. The program includes classroom and clinical components and proof of completion must be submitted at the time of application for the fourth attempt."

OP has not had 3 failed attempts at NCLEX, therefore there's no reason to assume that she will have to complete a remedial training program. She is simply asking how to obtain an initial license by exam in the state of Florida.

OP, others have given you good advice. There is no need to get a license in PA and endorse to FL. You can physically take NCLEX wherever you please. You can graduate from nursing school in PA and take NCLEX in NY, NJ, DE, WV or MD if you find closer sites/sooner dates for licensure in FL.

I don't fault the students for not knowing this. However, it is inexcusable that the schools either don't know or are unable or unwilling to help those that desire licensure in other states.

To be fair, the OP says that she asked her "advisor." In a lot of nursing programs (most? all?), the academic advisors are not nurses -- they advise students on academic matters like how many credits are needed to graduate, which general ed courses will meet the requirements for graduation, that kind of thing, but they don't know much about how nursing works once you get out of school. Sort of like expecting your HR person at work to understand all the details of nursing licensure -- they get that the nurses have to have licenses to be able to work, but it's mostly a blur beyond that point ... I wonder it that might be what happened with the OP.

To be fair, the OP says that she asked her "advisor." In a lot of nursing programs (most? all?), the academic advisors are not nurses -- they advise students on academic matters...

As I have had an advisor within the school of nursing at every program i have attended, i assumed thisbwas what the OP referred to her "advisor." If this is not the case, and her nursing program refers students to the colleges academic advisors on issues related to the NCLEX application and initial licensure, then shame on them, as they are doing their students a great disservice.

DolceVita, BSN, RN

Specializes in IMCU. Has 10 years experience.

I strongly encourage you to read the Florida requirements carefully yourself including any and all of the instruction documents. I licensed directly into another state and it was very simple because the state did not have a current residency requirement. Some states require that you be physically present prior to applying. I would hate to see you send in your application to Florida and have them reject it purely for that reason or some minor thing that might have been avoided.

Feel free to call or email the Florida BON too. I have always found BON extremely helpful and they give very precise instructions in these matters.

I wish you the very best of luck in Florida and in your future as a nurse!

DV

...some states require that you be physically present prior to applying...

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And which states are these?