The following is a breakdown of the current population licensed by the Board as of June 30, 2007: http://www.rn.ca.gov/about/status.htm 3,387 N/A 3,387 CONTINUING EDUCATION PROVIDERS 47,290 2,569 44,721 PUBLIC HEALTH NURSES 409 25 384 PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH 9,825 73 9,752 NURSE PRACTITIONER FURNISHING 14,298 308 13,990 NURSE PRACTITIONERS 699 4 695 NURSE-MIDWIFE FURNISHING 1,164 17 1,147 NURSE-MIDWIVES 1,901 26 1,875 NURSE ANESTHETISTS 2,521 17 2,504 CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS 343,495 18,584 324,911 REGISTERED NURSES TOTAL INACTIVE ACTIVE DESCRIPTION
On average, the 2.4 million registered nurses in the U.S. earned $28.71 per hour in May 2006. Registered nurses in California were the highest paid among all of the States, with an average hourly wage of $36.12. Highest paid registered nurses are in California http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/may/wk2/art05.htm
Quick Facts on Registered Nurses Registered Nurses (RNs) were the largest healthcare occupation in 2005, with employment of over 2.4 million jobs. Job opportunities for RNs in all specialties are expected to be excellent. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2014. Registered nurses are projected to create the second largest number of new jobs among all occupations between 2004 and 2014, increasing by 29.4 percent. Women comprised 92.3% of RNs in 2005. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2005, 10 percent of all RNs were black, 6.4 percent were Asian, and 4.3 percent were Hispanic. BLS also projects that total job openings due to growth and net replacements will result in 1.2 million job openings for RNs alone by 2014. Earnings of RNs are above average. The median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers employed as RNs were $935 compared to $651 for all workers in 2005. Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Completed Application for Licensure by Examination.
Completed fingerprints using either the Live Scan Process or the Applicant Fingerprint Card
(Hard Card) processing method
One recent 2" x 2" passport-type photograph .
Completed Request for Accommodation of Disabilities form(s), if applicable.
Request For Transcript form(s) completed and forwarded directly from the nursing school(s)
with certified transcripts.
For International Graduates :
Breakdown of Educational Program for International Nursing Programs
Request for Transcript
Certified English Translation
license or diploma
The Eight Steps of the NCLEX Examination Process 2007 1. Apply for licensure to the board of nursing in the state or territory where you wish to be licensed. 2. Register for the NCLEX examination with Pearson VUE by mail, telephone or via the internet. 3. Receive Confirmation of Registration from Pearson VUE. 4. Receive eligibility from the state board of nursing you applied for licensure with. 5. Receive the Authorization to Test (ATT) from Pearson VUE. 6. Schedule an appointment to test by visiting www.pearsonvue.com/nclex or by calling Pearson VUE. 7. Present one form of acceptable identification and your ATT on the day of the examination. A . The only acceptable forms of identification in test centers in the U.S., American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and Virgin Islands are: • U.S. drivers license (not a temporary or learners permit) • U.S. state identification • Passport B . For all other test (international) centers, only a passport is acceptable. All identification must be written in English, have a signature in English, be valid (not expired) and include a photograph. Candidates with identification from a country on the U.S. embargoed countries list will not be admitted to test. C . You will not be admitted to the examination without acceptable identification and your ATT. If you arrive without these materials, you forfeit your test session and must re-register; this includes re-payment of the $200 registration fee. 8. Receive your NCLEX examination results from the board of nursing you applied for licensure with within one month from your examination date.
First-time examination candidates may apply for an Interim Permit to work while awaiting the results of their examination.
Important facts to keep in mind about Interim Permits:
Interim Permits cannot be issued until all nursing requirements are completed
applicant should be eligible for the examination
issued one time only
valid for no longer than six months .
expire immediately if an applicant fails the examination
not renewable and is in effect to the expiration date or until the results of the examination are mailed, at which time it becomes null and void
"A permittee shall practice under the direct supervision of a registered nurse who shall be present and available on the patient care unit during all the time the permittee is rendering professional services. The supervising registered nurse may delegate to the permittee any function taught in the permittee's basic nursing program which, in the judgment of the supervising registered nurse, the permittee is capable of performing." (Section 1414(c), Title 16, California Code of Regulations.)
To qualify for an Interim Permit, the examination applicant must submit:
1. Appropriate Fees.
2. Application for Licensure by Examination .
3. One completed Fingerprint Card (Hard Card) or second copy of the Live Scan Service
Applicant Submission form (BCII 8016).
4. For International Graduates, a copy of your license or diploma that allows you to practice professional nursing in the country where you were educated.
5. Proof of passage of an English comprehension examination if you are from a non-English speaking country or did not take your country's licensing examination in English. Passage of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is acceptable. It is suggested that if you decide to take the TOEFL, you should apply as soon as possible as it takes several months from the time of filing until your TOEFL results are received.
Participating States in the NLC The following tables and map indicate which states have enacted the RN and LPN/VN Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). Please note that although Colorado and Rhode Island have enacted the NLC, they have not yet implemented the NLC.
Licensure by Endorsement Application Fees: Endorsement - permanent license (required) $50.00 Fingerprint Fee (required) $56.00 Temporary License (optional) $30.00 Verification of License: Nursys Fingerprints: Two completed fingerprint cards Transcripts: All endorsement applicants must request transcripts be sent directly from their school of nursing http://www.rn.ca.gov/lic/lic-end.htm
Complete the forms to send to your nursing school(s). Academic transcripts must come directly from the nursing school(s).
Complete the forms to send to your licensing authority(ies). Validations of all licenses, past and present, must come directly from the licensing authorities.
Pass an English language proficiency test and have the scores directly forwarded to CGFNS/ICHP from the testing agency.
Pass either the CGFNS International Qualifying Exam or the NCLEX-RN® examination if you are a registered nurse.
Send a copy of your high school diploma or equivalent.
Pay the appropriate application fee. You can apply for the VisaScreen Program in one of three ways:
Apply online at www.cgfns.org
Download VisaScreen Program Handbook and Application from www.cgfns.org.
Request a copy of the VisaScreen Program Application from CGFNS International by mail or phone.
Health Care Worker Certification What is a Health Care Worker Certification?
A health care worker certification identifies and documents that a foreign health care worker has met minimum requirements for training, licensure, and English proficiency in order to be able to fulfill their professional role as a(n):
Licensed practical nurse, licensed vocational nurse, or registered nurse
Speech language pathologist and audiologist
Medical technologist (clinical laboratory scientist)
Medical technician (clinical laboratory technician)
Who Must Obtain a Health Care Worker Certification? Any non-U.S. citizen coming to the United States for employment as a health care worker Which Organizations Are Currently Authorized to Issue Health Care Worker Certificates?
The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) is authorized to issue certificates to all 7 health care occupations.
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy is authorized to issue certificates for occupational therapists.
The Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy is authorized to issue certificates for physical therapists.
Which English Language Testing Organizations Are Approved for Purposes of Health Care Worker Certification?
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Test of English in International Communication (TOEIC)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
ENGLISH TEST Passing Score By Profession *Scores in parentheses refer to the minimum passing score acceptable on the paper-based version of the TOEFL examination Note: English scores are valid only for two years from date of testing. All scores must be valid at the time that the VisaScreen® Certificate is issued. 26 83 7.0 6.5 (Academic) 50 4.0 725 50 4.0 207 (540 Physician Assistant 26 79 7.0 6.0 (General) 50 4.0 700 50 4.0 197 (530) Clinical Laboratory Technician (Medical Technician) 26 83 7.0 6.5 (Academic) 50 4.0 725 50 4.0 207 (540) Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Medical Technologist) 26 83 7.0 6.5 (Academic) 50 4.0 725 50 4.0 207 (540) Audiologist 26 83 7.0 6.5 (Academic) 50 4.0 725 50 4.0 207 (540) Speech Language Pathologist 26 89 50 4.5 220 (560) Occupational Therapist 26 89 50 4.5 220 (560) Physical Therapist 26 79 7.0 6.0 (General) 50 4.0 700 50 4.0 197 (530) Practical/Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) 26 83 7.0 6.5 (Academic) 50 4.0 725 50 4.0 207 (540 *) Registered Nurse TOEFL iBT Speaking Section TOEFL iBT Total IELTS Spoken Band IELTS IELTS, Inc. TSE Test of Spoken English TWE Test of Written English TOEIC Test of English for International Communication TSE Test of Spoken English TWE Test of Written English TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language Healthcare Profession OPTION 4 OPTION 3 OPTION 2 OPTION 1