A little prayer request – as of Friday, my state Board of Nursing was refusing to sign a form that I need for my New Zealand license application.  I was informed that their policy for any agency requesting verification was to direct them to their online database.  I’ve informed my state’s BON that the Nursing Council for the country of New Zealand will not accept anything other than this form, and that they will not go online to verify my information.  The woman that I spoke with transferred me to the voicemail of the director for my state’s BON and I informed him of what I needed.  I am hoping that he will call me back later today, telling me that they will sign the form after all.  Thus far, everyone that I’ve spoken with at the BON office has told me that they will not sign it.

I’m between a rock and a hard place.  On the one hand is the NCNZ, telling me that they will not accept anything other than this signed, sealed form.  On the other hand is my state BON, telling me that they will not sign the form.  I’m not sure what steps to take if the director tells me he will not sign the form.  As far as I can tell, the only reason for not signing the form is that they want the NCNZ to verify it themselves.  But if I tell them that the NCNZ won’t do this, shouldn’t that be reason enough for them to sign it for me?

The form is not a long one – it consists of 3 check marks, 4 fill-in-the-blanks, 3 date boxes, a box for the director’s name, title, and signature, and a box for the state seal.  All told, it’s less than half of an 8.5 x 11″ sheet of paper.  Once this information is completed (much of which I provide in the top portion), then they need to put it in the mail and send it to the NCNZ.  Taken as a whole, the entire process should take no more than 15 minutes.  It’s already taken more time to explain why I need them to fill this out than it would take for them to fill it out.

I’m worried that I’ll wake up this afternoon to a voice mail from the director, telling me that he won’t sign the form.  I don’t want to have to deal with that at all, especially not right before going in to work a 12 hour night shift in an ER.  Perhaps I’m borrowing trouble.  Perhaps I’ll wake up and the voice mail will be the director telling me, “Sure – no problem!  Send it to me and I’ll fill it out right away.”  I’m hoping that this will be the case.  Still, would you mind praying that this director is a reasonable, easy-going man, and that he’ll agree to filling out the form?  Chris has said that if the director will not sign the form, then the next step we might need to take would be to consult a lawyer.  I don’t want to think about that.  It would be easier for everyone involved if they would just sign the paper.  Please, please let that be the case!

**Update – as of right now, 4:30pm, the director hasn’t called me back.  Their office is closed for the day, so hopefully I will have some news tomorrow.  Thanks for all of your prayers and good thoughts**

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  1. Whoops. There was something on my screen on top of the post button so when I touched it it posted it! Darn tablet. The rest of what I was saying was going to … That’s a little ridiculous!

  2. Ooohh I hate red tape… it might not hurt to consult with an immigration lawyer, or at least tell the BON that you’re willing to do that if necessary. The benefit of having a lawyer help, is that they will then be the ones to call the BON and explain everything to them ad nauseum. I know this is easier said than done, but take a few deep breaths, and remember there are lots of options… you just have to search them out!

  3. I hate it when people are difficult for no reason! What good does it do them to make life more difficult for you? I’m definitely praying!

  4. Praying! That is just ridiculous that the state B.O.N. is refusing to sign the form… they’re the ones that registered you in the first place so I don’t see why they wouldn’t want to verify that fact for the NCNZ. Hopefully there can be some sort of a compromise between the two parties. Oh the joys of red tape :/

  5. Sending good luck thoughts your way! Otherwise tell that fella that you’re calling your Uncle Mitch, who’s not going to be very happy. Maybe that would work?!

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