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no local license, looking for some ways to take the NCLEX in California

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Hello everyone! :imbar

Sorry if I may sound ignorant with the question(s) I will ask:confused::confused:, but can anyone enlighten me with the issues of applying as a registered nurse under the California Board of Nursing?

I graduated my nursing degree in the Philippines last March 2008, then i took the board exam directly without further ado in June 2008 but i was unfortunate enough to passed it, for short i dont have local license yet then three months after i got married to an American citizen he petition me and now im in the USA in Wisconsin state as an immigrant.

I've only recently gained interest in taking the NCLEX under the state of California..but I know there are issues with regards to it, but I don't particularly know what they are...can anyone share their infos?

Can you give me advice what should I do first ? what should be my first step? do i need to contact an agency for full course-by-course report? or submit an application to CA BON? or what? i dont know what to do now i cant even figure out whats the first thing to do, :Crash:so please if anyone care to help me with this issues please answer my question or give some advice that would be a great help.

thanks!(,")

jeffy

If you're in Wisconsin, why would you want to apply in CA rather than WI?? You're going to have to get a WI license to be able to work in WI anyway.

yes im from wisconsin but im not a licensed nurse from my own country Philippines im just an immigrant here. I can't take NCLEX in this state for it needs a CGFNS certification. Thats why im planning to take NCLEX in California. im asking now what should i do first?>??/:cry::crying2::confused::confused::confused:

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

Let me move this to the International Forum for you.

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

I think you may have an issue because you have sat and failed the local license. It may have been better if you hadn't sat the exam at all.

It may be worth asking the BON if you need CGFNS certificate when endorsing because you may only be exempt if you have working in the US for a certain period of time

I'm sorry are you a he, or a she? I ask because you signed yourself as Jeffy (usually a guys name) and you refered to your spouse as a he. If you're planning on staying in Wisconsin, then applying for CA might not be the best for you. Even if you try to endorse in from California you may still have to meet requirements for foreign trained nurses for the state of Wisconsin. Each state has their own set of rules and regulations. Good Luck

by the way im a she:tinkbll:.... doesn't matter about the name. I checked already from Wisconsin Board of Nursing they told me that if i lived in cALIFORNIA and took the exam there i can go back to state of Wisconsin and work here. and so im here asking for advice whats the first thing to do in getting some requirements in California ?:confused::confused::confused:

Just apply to California thats it??

Edited by jeffy_2008

Check the California BRN website; all the information about applying for licensure as a foreign graduate should be there.

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

by the way im a she:tinkbll:.... doesn't matter about the name. I checked already from Wisconsin Board of Nursing they told me that if i lived in cALIFORNIA and took the exam there i can go back to state of Wisconsin and work here. and so im here asking for advice whats the first thing to do in getting some requirements in California ?:confused::confused::confused:

Just apply to California thats it??

But are you planning on living in CA? They may be a bit confused and think you are going to work and gain some experience in CA first before moving to Wisconsin

Good to know, don't want to refer you as a he when you're a she. Are you planning on living in California and then moving back to Wisconsin? You should get a license in the state you plan on living in. Check with both BRNs because either way you may have to meet the same requirements for foreign graduates regardless. California usually requires a local license from the home country. But some have been able to write a written explanation as to why they don't have one. It's worked for some and it hasn't worked for some. My friend wasn't one of the lucky ones, they requested that she go back to the Philippines and write the exam. So keep that in mind. Good Luck

by the way im a she:tinkbll:.... doesn't matter about the name. I checked already from Wisconsin Board of Nursing they told me that if i lived in cALIFORNIA and took the exam there i can go back to state of Wisconsin and work here. and so im here asking for advice whats the first thing to do in getting some requirements in California ?:confused::confused::confused:

Just apply to California thats it??

I agree that this statement sounds like the Wisconsin BON is talking about you living and working in California for some time before applying for a Wisconsin license.

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

Isnt' that a rather expensive way to get the license? Factor in the cost of a household move to California and the exam fees.

I must be missing something here, it makes no sense.

well yeah me and my husband plan to live in California and work there bec in state of Wisconsin they dont credit my education from my own country and im not license there yet and so i will take everything from the sratch start again for the whole 3 years in nursing my education from the philippines it a waste better go from the other state, thats why im here asking for advice is it possible? what are the steps i would take before applying to the state of California.?:confused::confused::confused:

what are the steps i would take before applying to the state of California.?:confused::confused::confused:

All the information you need should be available on the CA BRN website.

ahh ok :thnkg: il try to apply in California by submitting them some requirements ahm, do i need to reside first in California so that the address i will used is in California location or just submit directly some requirements while im from wisconsin? :icon_roll:confused::confused::confused:

ahh ok :thnkg: il try to apply in California by submitting them some requirements ahm, do i need to reside first in California so that the address i will used is in California location or just submit directly some requirements while im from wisconsin? :icon_roll:confused::confused::confused:

You don't need to be physically living in CA to apply for licensure -- you just have to meet their requirements. They will require a SSN to issue you a license, and they may well have a problem with you having failed the PI licensure exam. Their rules say that you must have a license to practice from your home country (or wherever you originally studied nursing) to be eligible for CA licensure.

California has a high unemployment rate at the moment. Nurses are being let go left and right. You most likely will be looking for a new grad position since you don't have experience as a nurse. Those positions are flooded with applicants, and there are a lot of new nurses that are being turned down. I strongly discourage you from coming to California if you plan to work because there is no work for new grads. I would suggest going to a state where you will have a better chance at a new grad position. Good Luck