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VERMONT BON (May 15, 2012) requires SSN effective May 15, 2012
MARYLAND BON (January 27, 2012) requires SSN effective January 27, 2012

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ARKANSAS BON(June 2011): is requiring SSN for license renewal
CGFNS
(January 2011) changed CES HP and FULL course by course evaluation to PROFESSIONAL REPORT.

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California Applicants' Dilemma

Thousands of Nursing Graduates apply to California (CA) to get licensed by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) every year. Until just couple months ago they hadn’t had any problem to qualify to get licensed in CA. However due to the overwhelming international applications and some other reasons (BRN)  has decided not to process any National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) applications without a United States issued Social Security Number (SSN) starting on April 26, 2010  and just recently they have also stopped processing applications of all Filipino applicants due to some academic disqualifications.

Their reason for rejection differs case by case however mainly they claim that not all aspects of Filipino Nursing Graduates’ theory and clinical training meet the minimum requirements in Medical-Surgical and Obstetric nursing of BRN. According to BRN, Colleges and Universities have academic schedules in place outlining when courses are to be completed within a designated semester. This means all clinical components must be completed concurrently with the theoretical instruction within the same semester. California Code of Regulations (CCR) Section 1426 states that theory and clinical practice shall be concurrent in the following nursing areas: geriatrics, medical-surgical, mental health/psychiatric nursing, obstetrics and pediatrics. While completing clinical practice out of sequence is acceptable to meet requirements in the Philippines, it does not meet requirements of BRN.

Here is an example:
In the Philippines, each student is required to complete five (5) actual deliveries, five (5) assisted deliveries and five (5) cord dressings as part of the clinical experience, in NCM 101. Additionally, each student is required to complete five (5) major and five (5) minor procedures as part of the clinical experience in NCM 102. So the problem is not what you are taking but taking the clinical practice out of sequence.

There are thousands of CA applicants in the pipeline seeking to be licensed in CA however they are getting one by one their rejection letters now a days. If a nurse still wants to pursue applying to California they are required to complete additional course work, both theory and clinical practice, in an accredited school of professional nursing in California or in any other accredited institution in another state. However for international students even though if you meet these requirements if they don’t have any US SSN their application still won’t be processed. If the nurses in the pipeline do not meet the new requirements a three year period from the date of the letter the application will be deemed abandoned and destroyed.

So what will happen to those nurses? Have they wasted their time and money? Can they ever get licensed in the States?

According to the Nurse Exam Application Center (NEAC), which assisted more than tens of thousands of nurses to become USRN, there are many options in front of them. NEAC states that they have been currently assisting hundreds of nurses in this situation by finding the most suitable state based on the applicant’s background and license them in another state. In some cases it may also be possible to endorse their new license to California once they are USRNs.

California BRN chose to raise its standards and that temporarily closes the doors to Filipino nurses. However there are 49 more states to apply that welcomes Filipino nurses. While already graduated nurses can deal with this problem one way or another the real question is what the Nursing Colleges in the Philippines wants to do about this? Because CA doors can be opened back if they meet their new standards.

Apparently there are some improvements that need to be done to meet the new standards that may also eventually be enforced by other states. The bottom line is Nursing Colleges popped like mushrooms in early 2000 onward to meet the market demand of parents who wanted to send their kids to nursing colleges to ultimately send to overseas and mainly to the U.S. Now many parents pursue still the same goal and expect from the Colleges to provide world class education.

Again according to NEAC while securing US licenses for nurses they have thousands of nurses credentials evaluated by US evaluators and 99.9% of all Filipino nurses diplomas (their transcript of records and schools curriculum) were found equivalent to the United States colleges. I think that’s a huge success for the Philippines’ Colleges. Considering this overcoming this new obstacle shouldn’t be that difficult. However, most schools may not be even aware of these new requirements and I hope this article serves them well.

Dr. Elbe Akman, MBA, APM|

NEAC now assists with Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Saudi A. exam applications

NEAC now assists with the following exams application preparation processing: The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), SAUDI COMMISSION FOR HEALTH SPECIALTIES- PROMETRIC and SUPREME COUNCIL OF HEALTH QATAR- PROMETRIC. Qatar and Abu Dhabi exams we are assisting are only for nurses however HAAD exams include also:

HAAD- Licensure Examination For School Nurse
HAAD- Licensure Examination For Practical Nurse
HAAD- Licensure Examination For Dental Nurse and Dental Assistant
HAAD- Licensure Examination For Medical Imaging
HAAD- Licensure Examination For Medical Laboratory Technician
HAAD- Licensure Examination For Medical Laboratory Technologist
HAAD- Licensure Examination For Physiotherapy

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NEAC Follow-up Update Regarding Pending ARSBN Applicants

NEAC Management discussed with Arkansas Board of Nursing the very negative effects of enforcing the SSN requirement to the applicants who already have sent their applications and fees to the Board. NEAC asked ARSBN kindly to consider not to retroactively enforce this requirement and at least process the pending applications or refund the fees paid in order to give chance to the applicants to apply another State Board of Nursing. If ARSBN doesn't offer a way out to the pending applicants the applications will be kept in inactive status until they provide a United States Social Security Number. However for international applicants this is an impossible to comply request since they can't get a US SSN while they are still overseas. International applicants first need to be found eligible; pass the NCLEX exam; find an employer and secure a visa; physically arrive to the USA to be able to get a SSN. If ARSBN don't process their eligibility of these applicants that will be a dead end for AR applicants. The only option left would be to switch to another state board of nursing. Since this is the only logical path to follow (unless ARSBN comes to its senses and process the pending applicants and then not accept new applications without a SSN) the best option is to get a refund so they can apply to another SBN.

ARSBN management acknowledged the difficult situation of the pending applicants during the meeting conducted over the phone last nite (10.28.2010) and promised to go over each applicant's application and make a reasonable decision to continue or to reject the application. However, we have not been assured 100% whether they will still keep some applicants in inactive status! We will be following up again with ARSBN after several days and update NEAC applicants the status on this matter as soon as we hear anything new from them.
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Arkansas Requires CES and SSN from International NCLEX Eligiblity Applicants

25 October 2010

Arkansas Board of Nursing's announcement:

Applications for licensure applicants that were submitted to the Board prior to this date are placed in an inactive status until receipt of proof of a social security number and all other required documents as identified in the International Graduates Licensure Examination Application Instructions.”

Applications for licensure applicants that were submitted to the Board prior to this date and the applicant has been notified of their eligibility to register with Pearson Vue and deemed eligible to test via the Board may take the NCLEX®. However, Arkansas statute requires a social security number before a license can be issued”.

This means:

1.     If you have already received your eligibility however haven't taken the exam yet you are still entitled to use your eligibility from ARBON to register with NCLEX and take the exam. However, ARBON no longer will issue a license without a SSN. You can get your license once you have reached USA and provided them your SSN.

2.     If your application has already been sent out to ARBON you are expected to provide a SSN in order to ARBON to continue to process your application. If you can't provide an U.S. SSN to ARBON your application will be placed in an inactive status until you provide them a SSN. If you have a SSN please provide it asap. However, keep in mind that now with the new requirements you are expected to go through the CES phase even if you have a SSN.

There are now certain Boards of Nursing that accept International Nurses without PNLE

There are now several State Boards of Nursing that accepts NCLEX-RN applications from those nurses who have not taken PNLE; not planning to take it or failed that exam. If you are living overseas and can't take PNLE however planning to take NCLEX-RN please consult a NEAC Officer to find out how we can assist you.
 

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MISSISSIPPI (July 2010): Now requires SSN in order to Apply
ARIZONA (February 2010): Requires proof of Citizenship or Legal Residency in order to Apply
CALIFORNIA (April 2010): Now requires SSN in order to Apply
MISSOURI (June 2010): Joins Compact States
VERMONT (2009): Requires CES
SOME STATES: Changes CGFNS-CP Requirement to CES
NEW MEXICO (February 2008): Requires CES
CALIFORNIA (March 2008): California Requires Local License

Announcement from Legal Counsel at the Department of Consumer Affairs for the State of California

15 July 2010

Acording to a decision by the Legal Counsel at the Department of Consumer Affairs for the State of California, any application not yet found eligible by April 26th must be rejected and returned to the applicants. 

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ATTENTION: CABON Now Requires SSN to apply for NCLEX

Effective on April 26, 2010 California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) will no longer accept applications that do not contain a U.S. Social Security Number. The Nursing Practice Act provides for a unified examination and licensing application. Once an applicant passes the examination, a license is automatically issued. Under these circumstances the BRN cannot accept applications for the examination and licensure without a U.S. social security number.

For those applicants who have failed the exam and want to re-apply; CABON will not accept re-application without U.S Social Security Number.

Visit NEAC Centers to avail free NCLEX Eligibility Application Consultation, initial requirements and fees.

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Philippines Testing Site OPENS!

CHICAGO - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) began NCLEX testing in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, at the international Pearson Professional Center on Aug. 23, 2007.

The Manila site was chosen in February by the NCSBN Board of Directors because of the deep commitment shown by the Philippine government to ensuring a secure test center. The placement of a test site in the Philippines will allow for greater customer service to nurses without compromising the goal of safeguarding the public health, safety and welfare of patients in the U.S. Intended for the purposes of domestic nurse licensure in U.S. states and territories, all security policies and procedures currently used to administer the NCLEX examination domestically will be fully implemented at this new site. Administration of the NCLEX examination abroad does not contradict or circumvent any current board of nursing process or requirement. All international candidates are required to apply to the board of nursing in the state or territory where they wish to be licensed before registering for the NCLEX examination.

The NCLEX examination fee for all candidates is $200. Candidates who elect to take the NCLEX at an international site pay an additional $150 when they schedule their examination. State and territorial NCLEX examination fees remain at their current levels and are not being used to subsidize the international testing initiative. Offered abroad since January 2005, the current international sites for NCLEX examinations are in London, England; Hong Kong; Sydney, Australia; Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, Canada; Frankfurt, Germany; Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai, India; Mexico City, Mexico; Taipei, Taiwan; and Chiyoda-ku and Yokohama, Japan. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose membership comprises the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.

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NCSBN Selects the Philippines as International Testing Site for NCLEX® Examinations

NCSBN has selected Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, as a new site for the administration of the NCLEX® examinations.

CHICAGO – The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) has selected Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, as a new site for the administration of the NCLEX® examinations. NCSBN's Board of Directors made the decision to expand the number of sites at its Feb. 8, 2007, meeting.

Faith Fields, MSN, RN, president, NCSBN Board of Directors, comments, “The Philippine government has shown a deep commitment to ensuring a secure test center in Manila and has been very responsive to NCSBN concerns. Placing a test site in the Philippines will allow for greater customer service to nurses without compromising the goal of safeguarding the public health, safety and welfare of patients in the U.S.”

Offered abroad since January 2005, the current international sites for NCLEX examinations are in London, England; Seoul, South Korea; Hong Kong; Sydney, Australia; Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, Canada; Frankfurt, Germany; Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai, India; Mexico City, Mexico; Taipei, Taiwan; and Chiyoda-ku and Yokohama, Japan.

Intended for the purposes of domestic nurse licensure in U.S. states and territories, all security policies and procedures currently used to administer the NCLEX examination domestically will be fully implemented at this new site. At this time, no schedule of implementation has been set.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose membership comprises the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.
Mission: The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), composed of Member Boards, provides leadership to advance regulatory excellence for public protection.

25,000 to 50,000 Filipino nurses are expected to take the first NCLEX tests in Manila, where the examinees stand to save a large part of what they could be spending if they were to take the test abroad.

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Why Do I need to Appy NCLEX Now?

If you are a foreign educated nurse and planning to work in the USA then it is highly advised to become an USRN while you are seeking an US employer. Here are some reasons why:

  1. The only way you can increase your chances to get hired and stick out among thousands of other nurses in the next limited hiring spree is by becoming ready for petitioning for immigration. Once you become licensed as an USRN (U.S. Registered Nurse) and secure a VisaScreen® Certificate you will be the preferred candidate. Employers are less likely to choose a nurse who is not an NCLEX-RN passer yet and who is not ready for immigration.
  1. A research conducted by The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Testing Services Department in 2002 among 344,460 domestic and international nurses who took the NCLEX exam recently shows that:  

    “The longer the lag (waiting) time - the lower the passing rate!”

    In fact, this causes  most of international testers to FAIL NCLEX! This research proves that after graduation you start loosing some of the valuable information you have learned in your school and the more you wait the more information will be lost from your memory. Therefore,  to increase your chances to pass the difficult NCLEX exam you should take the exam after graduation or right after your local board exam. Don’t delay apply NCLEX now!

  2. If you are based in the Philippines there is now another reason why you should apply NCLEX now and become a USRN. There are many Call Centers (BPO) hiring USRN for their U.S based healthcare clients. Their clients require that the agents must be a U.S Registered Nurses. Therefore now BPOs are offering high paying jobs to USRNs in the Philippines.  You can expect to make anywhere from P30,000 to 45,000 a month plus benefits. There are also Team leader positions for those with clinical experience that pays P60-70,000.

In short by taking the NCLEX now you will increase the chances to pass the exam; increase your chances to get hired by U.S employer in the next hiring spree and in the meantime secure a high paying job locally. Act now and apply NCLEX today www.applynclex.com.

 

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Attention: California NCLEX-RN passer without SSN!

When you passed the NCLEX exam in California, your file became valid for 3 years and according to the policy of California Board of Registered Nursing, if you cannot provide a U.S SSN then your file will be abandoned and destroyed. California used to grant 1 year extensions for your file but effective April 26, 2010, CABRN does no longer grant a file extension. How can NEAC assist you? NEAC can assist you with endorsement of your California NCLEX-RN® test result in order for you to get licensed in another state that issues a license without a U.S. SSN and also allows you to renew it.

Either a state where you have family and intend on living once you migrate to the USA or if you still are unsure as to what state you want to live in, we can help you find a state which will issue a license without an SSN fast. Be ready for the next hiring spree, get licensed now!


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