Job before NCLEX?

  1. Is anyone not going to work before NCLEX? Just wondering. I will start my Critical Care training and my hospital orientation before NCLEX.

    I just wondered what others are choosing to do?!
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   USA987
    I am starting on an ICU/Tele unit July 7th and probably won't take the boards until the end of July....
  4. by   peaceful2100
    I am starting June 9th and will not be taking NCLEX until Sometime in July. In my state they give us a 90 day graduate nurse status. After the 90 days if we have not taken the NCLEX or passed then we lose the GN status.
  5. by   nadia562002
    I just graduated last night from a BSN program in Washington State. I have a job lined up but wont be starting till at least July when I pass the NCLEX. Washington State does not allow people to work without a license but Idaho does. I have been studying hard to pass on the first try in June. In the meantime, I will continue working as a home health aid.
  6. by   cpgrn
    I had a job before NCLEX. If I hadn't passed the first time I probably would have died of embarrassment. I think it does happen to some people but I was lucky.
  7. by   Gator,SN
    I graduate on Saturday the 17th and start my new job on the 20th. I guess I will take the NCLEX sometime in July.
  8. by   jessjoy
    My situation is the same as peaceful2100. We get to "practice" as graduate nurses until we pass the NCLEX. It is a temporary license that is good for 90 days. I graduated today (May 12th) and will start work as a GN on June 2nd.
  9. by   kimmicoobug
    Re: Nadia's post. Washington state does allow you to work before sitting for the NCLEX...we have a 90 day period where we can do this. I think it mostly depends on which hospital you get hired on. I graduate on June 8th, and I was hired for a position in OB as a nurse tech. I plan to take the NCLEX in the early part of July and then will be given an RN position. I do know of hospitals here that do require you to have your license before they will hire.

    Congrats to the new grads and those with new jobs!
  10. by   calico
    Graduated today (May 17) will work with a temp license until the boards.

    good luck to everyone and congrads to those who graduated
  11. by   vaughanmk
    I have graduated and will start on a step down/ CCU unit starting June 2nd. I hop to take the NCLEX before the end of JULY.
  12. by   any
    I worked as a nurse intern for a year before graduating. I learned a lot. However, I think you should take your NCLEX within a few weeks of graduation. Don't procrastinate. From what I have research, you have a better chance of passing if you take the exam within three months of graduation. If you want to prepare for the NCLEX, I suggest reading NCLEX question books and taking a review course such as Kaplan. I read NCLEX question books, took a review course, and practiced questions on disks. These, combined, were more helpful than the work experience in passing the NCLEX.

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