Hi fellow nurses! How's the day so far (if you're just about to start your shift)?
This is my case, I know there are various threads out there that I could get my answer, but I would like to have a concise or step by step answer (Nursing for dummies lol). I am a foreign graduate student from the Philippines, I earned my nursing experience there of 4 years in Pediatric intensive care unit. I started working in the hospital right after I graduated and passed the local boards in 2010. Last March 2014, I moved here to the United states to find a better opportunity.
However, I heard various stories about the ordeal that most of the foreign graduates are facing, and that is not able to take the NCLEX-RN california because of concurrency issue.
On the other hand, I heard hope that you could take alternatives till you have earned the units that the California board requires. I heard that you could challenge LVN instead of RN.
So here are my questions;
1. What does "Challenge" the LVN mean? (Dumbest, but I am vague to this)
2. What are the things that I should do to try the LVN board considering that my credentials are BSN.
3. Should I try first the NCLEX-RN application then if denied go for LVN?
4. If in case I was told to go back to university and complete the required units to take NCLEX-RN after they evaluated my credentials, should I request again for a new credentials from my school etc.?
5. Do I have to attached my working certificates along my application?
6. is there anyone here who has the the same situation as mine? If so, what is your story? What are the things you have taken?
Thank you guys in advance. Have a great shift ahead.