How to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset: Your License

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 By Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD   When we go to get our driver’s license, we are tested on the rules of the road. When we go to nursing school, we are taught how to be a nurse and tested on how to be a nurse, not the rules we have to follow as a nurse.  Here are some rules that will help you protect your most valuable asset, your license.   1. KEEP THE BOARD APPRISED OF YOUR CURRENT ADDRESS It is your responsibility to keep the Board apprised of your current address.  I suggest you keep a list […]

Can your International Nursing Education Enable you to Take the NCLEX Exam?

  Linda had completed all her nursing courses in Haiti. However, she had not taken her government’s nursing exam. Her uncle who lived in Tennessee wanted her to work in America. She wondered if the courses she had completed would enable her to sit for her NCLEX exam. The only snag was, she had not yet done the National Nursing Exam and so she was not a recognized nurse in Haiti even though she had completed her nursing program.   Linda got in touch with me and during our consulting session we considered three things. Getting in touch with the […]

Gaining the Courage to Get Back to Your Nursing Career

    It is sometimes necessary to take some time out from work. This may be due to family reasons like having a baby, or you may take time out to travel or take care of a loved one. There are several reasons why people take time away from work, and it may last from less than a year to several years. Many people feel overwhelmed by emotions when it comes to returning to work. Often, if the reason you left was to give birth or take care of a loved one, you may feel hesitant about leaving them. It […]

Passing the Test for English as a Foreign Language.

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    As an international nurse, one of the tests that the board of nursing will expect you to take before you get licensed to work in the United States is the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test measures your use and understanding of the English language at a college level. The test was developed to address the problem of ensuring English language proficiency for people who do not speak English on a daily basis or as a native language. Your aim is to get the highest score that you can. The board of nursing will […]