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julieanne1980 BSN, RN

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julieanne1980 has 20 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics.

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    UK RN moving to California - HELP

    I understand stand things have changed. I was only trying to help. I'd hate to see someone give up a dream because of difficulties. CFGNS is not the only company that verifies transcripts. I can only speak from my own experience but I know that WA allows one to use ERES or IERF as well. However I don't know if they look for the same number of hours as as CFGNS. I would start contacting nursing schools in the state you want to work, talk to the head of Nursing course or an academic advisor explain the situation and see if there is anything they can offer you or maybe give suggestions. There are also many nursing courses mainly online but you have to arrange your own clinical placement. Since you already have training, it's possible you may be able to skip parts of the course so it may not take you as long. Its worth asking about.
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    UK RN moving to California - HELP

    My response from the other day didn't show up. Don't give up. I did it and so can you. My training in Scotland was from 98 to 2003, it may have been different to yours. We started with 18 months in the common foundation programme, before branching into our chosen area. So we did a little bit of everything to start with, peds, adults, mental health, maternity. My transcripts were acceptable. Also I was in BC, Canada from 2005-2010 on a temporary work visa and I didn't have to submit transcripts, I did take the BC exam though. I understand BC are now using the NCLEX, would you consider trying for BC first then it may be easier to get into the US?
  3. julieanne1980

    UK RN moving to California - HELP

    You can apply for an SSN when applying for your Visa. I trained and worked in Scotland as an RN and now live in Washington State. I was able to sit the NCLEX before CES report was sent. I was able to move here fairly easy because my dad is a us citizen and was in the Navy. I was born in the UK but was given a US report of Birth Abroad which allowed me to get an SSN. When I moved here I had to get green cards for my children then I was able to get them citizenship, then an SSN. Not sure if any of that is helpful to you but thought I'd share.
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    RN Refresher or Exam Prep Course

    Thanks for the info. Im in Whatcom County, but I found out I can't take the refresher course. The state won't give me a temporary license for the clinical portion. They said once I pass the NCLEX then I can take the course. My reason for wanting to take the course was to help me pass the exam! To get licensed in Oregon, I still need to pass the NCLEX. I trained and worked in UK, I taken the NCLEX several times but not passed.
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    RN Refresher or Exam Prep Course

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I am in Washington and have looked at options. I am a single parent that homeschools my kids and work full time so I think a self paced online course would be best for me. For the last few months I have been studying my Kaplan course books, library books and Khan acadamy. I know I am weak in content because my training was only in pediatrics so am thinking Hurst will be a good course to take.
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    RN Refresher or Exam Prep Course

    Hello, I have a question about whether I should take an RN refresher course or just an exam prep course. I qualified in the UK in 2001 as a Pediatric RN. I worked in the OR at a children's Hospital. I came to the US in 2009 but was not successful with the NCLEX and after 5 attempts and the Kaplan course for international nurses, I gave up trying. I have not practiced as an RN for about 7 years, however, I have somewhat remained in the line of health care work. I spent 3 years working as a caregiver and the past 4 years as a Health Service Manager for an Early Learning Program (very similar to a school nurse but more paperwork). I really want to return to nursing. The state I am living in does not require for me to take a RN refresher course, they just want me to pass the exam and I can continue taking it as many times as needed. However, since my training and experience was all specialized in Pediatrics I feel that I definitely need some sort of review. I have been considering the Hurst and NCSBN review courses but I am wondering if doing an RN refresher would be more beneficial. Would a refresher really prepare me for the exam? Should I do the refresher and then a exam course after that? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.