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vince_reads BSN, LVN, RN

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vince_reads has 5 years experience as a BSN, LVN, RN and specializes in Medical-Surgical Nursing.

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    Canadian RN- US Nurse Residency Programs

    I am not Canadian. But yes, I started with one of the New Grad Programs here, and let me tell you... it's very competitive! I assume that a U.S. hospital in any U.S. state prioritizes those new grad applicants who have done their preceptorship in that specific hospital and they'll put you in the clinical area where your last preceptorship was. Some hospitals do a point system where they consider you based on having some clinical or patient care experience like working as a certified nursing assistant, paramedic, monitor tech and so on. Then some will also add your GPA and so on. The whole shebang! For real. They will look at everything you have that you can offer. Let me say an example... I applied to the Nurse Residency program at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. That hospital is like one of the best in our region, in California and in the entire U.S. They always have residency program all throughout the year, and applicants are also around the nation. I didn't get chosen or hired, hahaha, I already knew that but I still applied, hahaha, no harm in trying, right? Hahaha. So I applied at other hospitals as well that are offering residency programs. At that time, I just wanted to get into a hospital to begin a career aside from applying at SNFs (skilled nursing facilities) too. I prolly applied like 3-5 hospitals with residency programs, and around 2-3 SNFs. But I was able to get in to my current workplace now. Paperwork will require you for your employment eligibility. My hospital required us to have the U.S. citizenship requirement or lawful permanent residency before even starting to work, and the SSN (social security number) as well. They weren't accepting working visas, and as far as I know until now. So in my point of view, I am not Canadian, but what I can suggest is you finish your nursing degree, get the RN license from your preferred U.S. state or terrritory, and from there, you start searching for hospitals for residency programs that are accepting working visas.
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    This is the link from the BRN's website on how to endorse your license to California. https://RN.ca.gov/applicants/lic-end.shtml Please try to reach out Dominican University of California's IEN program at ien@dominican.edu
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    What happens after NCLEX?

    You will receive a wall certificate from the BRN with your name on it stating that you are a Registered Nurse. They may be late giving that to you because of the pandemic, but during my time in 2018 I received it around 10 days. No more pocket licenses. Any employer can just look your name through Breeze, and that is official. You can also log in to Breeze and see your options to order duplicates of wall certificate and all.
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    Will they honor my BSN after passing NCLEX-RN?

    Yes. Your BSN is acknowledged. You should have BSN, RN after your name. No need to put USRN (like how other Filipinos label themselves, for the sole purpose of colonial mentality).
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    Do you have RN license in California?
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    Challenge NCLEX-PN

    Right. That is if @eihxelis here in California.
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    Challenge NCLEX-PN

    Yes. I know somebody who didn't finish her BSN in the Philippines and she challenged the BVNPT to apply for the NCLEX-PN. Here in California, she used method 3 and she went to ERES in Sacramento (old office address) to inquire about education equivalency. Their office is now in Fairfield. Here is the link for ERES: https://www.eres.com/ and please also read the instructions from the BVNPT website about method 3. Let me tell you that she was granted eligibility to take NCLEX-PN and she is now working as LVN.
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    CGFNS and transcripts

    I don't think that, that is an issue. Just make sure that the envelope is properly sealed by the issuing authority, school or entity that releases such documents. Just also make sure that the FROM and TO sections of the envelope is not your name. FROM should be from the school/entity and TO is the CGFNS correspondence. Good luck.
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    CGFNS question

    No. She needs to follow the instructions from the Board of Nursing in Illinois and apply as a foreign grad via CGFNS for the initial RN licensure. She will go through CGFNS first before being able to be eligible to take NCLEX.
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    Renewing PRC ID with a New Legal Name in the U.S.

    Thanks. But back to my main concern is about the name change for PRC. Thank you.
  11. I hope someone can help me. I legally changed my name in the U.S. Everything is settled including my U.S. passport, social security card and all legal identification documents. This legal name change was done through a court order in December 2019, and it is a privilege to do that as a U.S. citizen. I am a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2017, and I haven't applied for a dual citizenship yet (I will have to inquire the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco about having a new legal name if it's possible to do that). I'm also waiting for my new Certificate of Naturalization. I was born and raised in the Philippines. I accomplished my BSN degree there and my PRC license is still active, but this ID will expire in April 2020. I have this thought of renewing it, but I'm perplexed. I've been asking my college batchmates in helping me renewing my ID twice already since I passed the PNLE in 2011 as I sent them the authorization letter and all. I've heard about the CPD units as well. Am I required to accomplish that? With this U.S. court order of name change, is this gonna be accepted or acknowledged in the Philippines without re-acquiring my Filipino citizenship? Am I still be able to renew my PRC ID just by using this court order? Do I need to re-acquire my Filipino citizenship first and start the process? If you have any experience about this, please share. Any input would help. Thank you.
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    California BRN has QUICK RESULTS now!

    It is amazing to know that the California Board of Registered Nursing is now enforcing the quick results. I just figured this out today. This is good news to all upcoming NCLEX-RN test takers. Apparently, this is for NCLEX-RN takers only, so we're all hoping that this can be enforced as well for the NCLEX-PN. At the BRN's website, this is their statement: "California candidates may access their unofficial results two business days after taking the exam, by purchasing Quick Results from Pearson VUE. You can order and pay for these results through your online Pearson VUE account, selecting the option “Quick Results” from the tool bar on the Home Page." And to make it to the list of states and territories that have quick results, California-RN is one of them now! See this link: https://www.ncsbn.org/1225.htm
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    Moving from Australia to America as a Nurse

    If you live in Missouri and you guys are staying in Missouri, then that state must be the convenient choice. However, I'm not sure if she's allowed to apply in Missouri without SSN, because most states and territories require SSN. If she wants to apply to states that don't require SSN because she's still in Australia, try Illinois or New Mexico. Most state boards of nursing are requiring CGFNS to process the NCLEX application. There is a link to all websites of all state boards of nursing including information about NCLEX. Click this: https://www.ncsbn.org/index.htm Click this link for the Missouri Board of Nursing: https://pr.mo.gov/nursing-licensure-rn.asp
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    Moving from Australia to America as a Nurse

    I took Med-Surg and OB courses because those 2 were required by the BRN during my application. Yes, they offer those courses you mentioned. I'm not sure if you're able to take these 3 at the same time. Some were able to take 2 at the same time but they were not working. I was working at that time as LVN, so I did 1 course each semester. 1 in summer, and 1 in fall semester. They need to see your letter from the board stating that you're required to take the required courses, because once you're done fulfilling the courses, they will send the transcript to the board. You mentioned that you are in Arizona. I am in California. You might need to ask the board of nursing in Arizona if they're okay for you to take these courses in California if you're able to. After that, ask Dominican University of California (their IEN e-mail is ien@dominican.edu) if they're willing to accept you as an IEN in Arizona. Each course is $6,150. But that is incomparable to other schools here that would ask $20K-$25K for 2 courses. There is an application for student loan if you're not able to pay off the tuition right away. I did that because my LVN pay was not enough to cover the costs. I've heard from some of my classmates before that some IENs who were residing in Texas were travelling every week to study at Dominican University of California (DUC) just to fulfill those courses. Those IENs had active RN licenses in Texas and they were trying to endorse their Texas RN licenses here in California, but they were still required to take courses so they asked the board of nursing in TX if they were able to take these courses outside TX, and the board said okay. They were working RNs in TX who travelled every week to DUC just to fulfill the courses. They must've worked out their schedules with their managers. So if you're willing to take these courses in California, my suggestion for you is to ask the board of nursing in AZ if you're allowed to take these courses outside AZ. If you are allowed, then you can contact DUC.
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    Moving from Australia to America as a Nurse

    Hello there Sir. What State are you from? I totally understand her concern. I'm a nurse from the Philippines and I was temporarily denied by California to take NCLEX due to concurrency issues with 2 courses from my degree. I was able to find a school that offers the 2 courses. That school offers required courses to take by the Board of Registered Nursing here in California to all IENs (internationally educated nurses). When I became a student there, my classmates are not only Filipinos. Some are Chinese, Armenians, and even Australians, and so on. We had a free NCLEX review after finishing the courses, and we met 2 Australians who happened to have Master's degree from Australia, but they were still required by the Board to take a Pediatric course. Your girlfriend needs to start applying first to the Board of Nursing (if you're in California, I'm willing to inform you of the school because I believe in the saying "spread the wealth"). It's Dominican University of California in San Rafael. It's a private Catholic university. Very beautiful university. And they accept IEN applicants all year round. Meaning, they have classes every semester (spring, summer, fall).
  16. Just my own suggestion. Apply first in your home state. Why? As people would say, you will always go back to where you're from. Hehe, cheesy statement. But that is just fundamental. You will always have a fall back no matter what happens down the line. So apply first in Massachusetts, pass the NCLEX and get the license. After passing the NCLEX, you can actually apply hospitals in Maryland for new grad positions and if you're going to get hired, some of these hospitals can help you process your license endorsement too. Then that point if you have 2 licenses for both states, you will have the privileges from a non-compact state and a compact state.

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