LVN-RN 30 unit-option california - page 4

does anyone know if job opportunities are limited as an RN if you go this route???? I usually see jobs asking for a valid RN license i am just wondering if not having my ADN or BSN will affect how... Read More

  1. by   PMFB-RN
    just so that i am clear. if one does the 30-unit option, it shows "restrictions" on your license?

    *** nope. it is the same california rn license everyone else has. you will have exactly the same scope of practice and can work at all the same jobs (if you can get hired) as every other rn licensed in california.

    with this said, i wanted to do the 30 unit option and get my rn in a year so that i could work and apply to the rn-bsn, then to the msn program at wgu.

    *** you do understand that the 30 unit option is only for lvns?

    this gets me finished a year sooner. i know a year does not seem like a lot, but i have a husband that will retire from the military in 3 years (need my income to make up for the loss). i do not have time to only take 3-5 credit per semester. however; we plan on moving to middle tn. after my husband retires, so my question is--will i be able to apply for licensure in tn with a ca rn license and an msn under my belt? it just makes no sense to me that you would not be able to apply for licensure with an msn and an active rn license.

    *** no you will not be able to become licensed in any state other than california unless you go back to a basic nursing program and start from scratch exactly as if you had never been a nurse. the msn, or any other nursing degree is irrelevent for licensure. what counts is your basic nursing education. you would be able to work in a federal hospital in tn, like the va or a military hospital, working under your california license, if you can get hired.
  2. by   LVN/RNBridge
    thank you so much for your response, i truly appreciate the information. in red below, i have responded as well.

    Quote from pmfb-rn
    just so that i am clear. if one does the 30-unit option, it shows "restrictions" on your license?

    *** nope. it is the same california rn license everyone else has. you will have exactly the same scope of practice and can work at all the same jobs (if you can get hired) as every other rn licensed in california. then how do other states know that the license was rec'd on a 30 unit option when one has a bsn/msn and an unrestricted license?

    with this said, i wanted to do the 30 unit option and get my rn in a year so that i could work and apply to the rn-bsn, then to the msn program at wgu.

    *** you do understand that the 30 unit option is only for lvns? yes, i am an lvn

    this gets me finished a year sooner. i know a year does not seem like a lot, but i have a husband that will retire from the military in 3 years (need my income to make up for the loss). i do not have time to only take 3-5 credit per semester. however; we plan on moving to middle tn. after my husband retires, so my question is--will i be able to apply for licensure in tn with a ca rn license and an msn under my belt? it just makes no sense to me that you would not be able to apply for licensure with an msn and an active rn license.

    *** no you will not be able to become licensed in any state other than california unless you go back to a basic nursing program and start from scratch exactly as if you had never been a nurse. the msn, or any other nursing degree is irrelevent for licensure. what counts is your basic nursing education. you would be able to work in a federal hospital in tn, like the va or a military hospital, working under your california license, if you can get hired.
    so strange, when we do the same classes for exception to general eds.
  3. by   AngLVN
    The way other states know if you have a 30 unit option license is that when you are trying to apply for licensure at another state, you will apply by endorsement. Most other states will not endorse a California RN license by endorsement if it does not have a degree attached to it. I don't know. If it was a bad thing, why do they even offer this option to begin with.
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  4. by   LVN/RNBridge
    Exactly:-( why offer the non-degreed option. Pretty crazy if one ends up with a BSN or MSN, but can never change the license? After all, it is the same NCLEX-RN exam.

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