Help! BON nightmare - exRN/CNA

  1. Hopefully someone can help me with an answer because the BON has given me 3 different answers AND I ve lost a lot of money.

    I am a retired RN. My license was last renewed in 2013. Before that I was a CNA ( last in 2009). I was only a RN for a few years before I had to stop due to a severe injury. Im now OK again to start working and obviously I need to attend RN rfresher courses.

    I contacted the BON about what I needed to do in order to renew my CNA so I could at least get some practice work in before I go back to RN refresher.

    First person told me I had to *maybe* attend 20 hrs of CNA refresher..but she wasn't sure so she sent me to person #2 ( this is all via email).

    Person #2 told me all I had to do was fill out the paper CNA renewal application ( she mailed it to me), get fingerprinted, and send in a copy of my official transcripts from when I graduated RN school in 2007. I asked her if this was true being I have not been licensed as a CNA since 2009 or a RN since 2013. She states YES. So,I did all of this. Fingerprints + application fee+ transcripts fee cost me over $100.

    Then I get the application back in the mail MINUS the $40 non-refundable application fee telling me I cannot work as a CNA because my RN is expired? NO KIDDING.

    So, sigh, I emailed lady#2 back and asked her what was going on..I did everything she told me to do. She forwards me to lady #3

    Lady #3 tells me I CANNOT work as a CNA while I attend RN refresher courses. I'm not even enrolled yet!

    I can't get ANYONE on the phone. I am 82 miles from the BON offices.
    Does anyone here have any idea what the actual truth is?
    I'm so confused and out over $100.
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  3. by   Flames9_RN
    Sorry can't help you with the seems to be a common theme among State BONs....many seem to be run poorly.....I did my refresher at Anne Arundel Community College and happy to pass on info regarding that. Gl