Published May 28, 2009
I am a RRT who went through excelsior college and graduated. I thought in jan when the board said that they woould license excelsior gradsby waiver my ordeal was over. My waiver was denied twice. First for lack of clinical experience and then because I had no clinical experiece as a rn. They denied me the second time based on the way they interpreted the endorsement rule! I was told to licensure I would have to complete 500 hour clinical intership (unpaid)! Today I talked with the boards nurse and talked about the endorsement law and was told my waiver was denied because of no rn experience so I stated to her that the rules said 3 months expeerience as a RN or graduated from a nursing program in the last for years. She then tells me I have to go by the law and not the rules! So I hung up the phone with her and then proceeded to look up the law and to my surprise the rule is the same as the law! ***! How can anyone get a fair chance in Ga if the board and their attorney ( who works for the attorney general of the state) wont go by the damn laws of the state! Just had to vent! I feel so much better now!
This has just gotten totally insane! I can't believe they still haven't granted you licensure!
Lunah, MSN, RN
Arrrgh. What a nightmare.
SuesquatchRN, BSN, RN
NC Girl BSN
I am so sorry this is happening to you. From what I have read, aren't you a respiratory therapist? They are giving you the run around because they can. I would go to one of the EC testing hospitals in GA and see if you can talk to the nursing director to get your hours in. See if they will assign you a preceptor and start knocking those hours out. I hope everything turns out in you favor. Its gotta be frustrating when people will not listen to you. I am sure moving for a short period of time and getting a job is not an option or you would have done that. Keep us posted.
i was just about to apply to that school to go from lpn to rn and work in georgia:redlight:thanx for the heads up
I feel at least some of your frustration. I am an LPN and became licensed as an RN in MN and I meet all of the criteria for licensure by endorsement in Georgia, however, they're still sitting on my application after a month. The only part of my application that's been accepted is my sixty bucks.
I feel terrible for you and I wish this state had given EC students a better "heads up". I feel very bad for RTs and Paramedics. I hope things work out for you. If Georgia hasn't accepted me by the time my apartment lease is up in September, I'm moving. Probably to MN where I am recognized as an RN because that is what I AM.
Best of luck to you.
Have you taken the NCLEX yet? If not, then you are putting the cart before the horse. If you have taken the NCLEX then get an RN license in another state (MN is great, and they are fast). Then get you a job at a VA in Georgia. Get your hours in, then endorse in.
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