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Old 02-11-2008, 02:54 PM
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Default Should I take the NCLEX?

Hey Everyone,

As a Canadian nursing student, I'll be writing the Canadian RN exam, and that will allow me to work anywhere in Canada.

As of right now I do not have the desire to move to the U.S., but my partner is fairly ambitious and we could move anywhere (but not in the immediate future, nor even in the next 10 years). That means I could be living in the U.S. and don't necessarily want to go through the hassle of writing the test, especially with the stress of moving and having kids.

If I write the NCLEX this year, is there a yearly fee to keep me certified? Should I write it now, freshly out of school? Or should I just wait and see what ends up happening in the future?

Thanks a bunch!

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Old 02-11-2008, 05:57 PM
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I might be coming to this from the wrong direction. But there is a company in the US which helps Australian nurses bridge into the American system including siting the NCLEX. They provide contacts, some classes on what is covered in the NCLEX and then they organise for you to sit it. I don't know if this is an option for you living so close.

At the moment we can only be registered in one state and if we change we have to change registration. I think every registration agency would be similar world wide and require you to pay to keep your registration up. So I would think it to be better to wait to see if you need the NCLEX before you pay to sit it and register each year.
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Old 02-11-2008, 06:42 PM
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I don't know if things are different for international nurses, but I'm fairly sure that you have to register with the state-you-would-be-living-in's Board of Nursing before you can be authorized to take the NCLEX. Then, if you ended up not living in that state, you'd have to pay a fee (around $100, depending on the state) to have it transferred to another state.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has a tiny informational site for international nurses, as well as another site for NCLEX related questions (check out the "Candidates" section).

The NCSBN is who is in charge of the NCLEX.

The NCLEX/licensure process is annoying enough being a US citizen; I can't imagine trying to figure it out as an "international nurse".

Good luck, and I love to research/find things online, so if you have any more questions, I'd love to help.

P.s. My wife and I were thinking of moving to Nova Scotia once I finish my nursing program (3 more months, 3 more months, 3 more months...), but it was turning into an expensive and time-consuming process. So we decided to wait a few years and try again when we aren't poor college students anymore.
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:28 AM
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Thanks for your tips! I have heard of companies that help Canadian nurses work in the U.S., but I didn't know about each individual state registration. Good to know.
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:19 PM
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Default Should I take the NCLEX?

Hi Elaine,
I see that you are going to register with the Canadian Nursing Council; similarly you need to register in the particular state of United States where you are going to work. Considering USA, all state boards require registration to work as a RN respectively. The validity period for registration differs from state to state. I have registered with Wisconsin Board of Nursing, where I need to renew once in two years and the renewal charge is $66. To obtain information about the validity period for each state and its renewal procedure browse:

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