I’m an RN from Africa. I hold an LPN license from New York but live in Texas. Texas will not endorse me because my qualification is higher than the LPN. I want to go back to school to complete the LPN/LVN program in Texas so I can work as an LPN/LVN before I eventually pass my RN board exam. Is there any reason why I cannot do this?
Frustrated Older Nurse
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Frustrated Older Nurse,
Your situation with the Texas Board of Nursing is unique so you will have to contact them yourself about whether taking an LVN/LPN course in Texas would make you eligible for the NCLEX-RN exam there. Call or email them with your question. Some boards respond better to one mode of communication than the other.
If you are still unsuccessful in getting a response, contact the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (www.ncsbn.org) to obtain additional contacts in Texas to get this resolved. Your local chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (www.nnba.org) or the National Federation of LPNs (www.nflpn.org) also may be able to help you.
Since obtaining your RN license is your ultimate goal, why are you putting all this time, money and effort into getting your LVN license (going to LVN school will take at least a year)? It might make more sense to put that effort into taking an NCLEX-RN review course. The longer you put that off, the less inclined you are to pass. There also are tutors that can help pass the NCLEX-RN. Contact some local schools of nursing or search online to find tutors.
Perhaps you can get a job as a nurses aide for now or do some volunteer work in a free clinic or other healthcare setting to keep your experience current.