I am new grad from Canada in the RPN (LPN) program. I have written my CNO (college of nurses of Ontario) exam last week so I do not have my results yet. I am moving to Washington sate in a week and I was wonder if anyone could answer a few of my questions:
1. Can I write the LPN exam write away (will they accept me straight or will I need to take a few courses?)
2. Where are some good programs to do the bridging form LPN to RN?
3. What are wages like for nurses??
Oct 2, '06
I'm originally from Ontario and currently live and work in Washington. I'm an RN, but I think it is basically the same idea, there is a national licensing exam here, it's computer based and can be written at any time. You'll need to contact the Washington Health Professions Quality Assurance (equivant of CNO) to apply for a license and to write the exam. A great way to get advice is to talk to a recruiter. I did that years ago now with medistaff, which I think was bought by onward healthcare. Even looking at the recruiting websites can be useful. Do you have a plan for obtaining a work visa?
Hope this helps,
Nov 7, '06
Thank You for the information ... I am an American Citizen so I dont need a work visa. I will talk to recuiters and get my liscenc (LPN). Also if I may ask, how did you find the licsense exam?
Nov 24, '06
I would make sure that you have a job secured here before moving. Washington State, particularly Seattle does not have a new grad shortage, and I believe there are not many hospitals that still hire LPNs. Check you resources first.
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