NCLEX Question

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm far from graduating...haven't even started my program, but I was wondering how soon following graduation can you take the NCLEX?

    The reason I'm asking is that I hope to enter an ADN program this fall and immediately following graduation I wanted to start an RN to BSN program and of course one of the main requirements is that you are state licensed.

    Not only that, but the program I'm looking at starts in the summer. How realistic is it to think that I can start those classes the same year that I graduate with the ADN?

    Thanks for any and all help!
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    I graduated the 2nd week of december and received my authorization to test (ATT) the next week. The dates to test was from 12/17 - 3/17. My college however was excellent at getting the paperwork in after graduation. I have heard of people who didn't receive their ATT for at least a month or more after graduation.

    If you love to be a student then it is possible you will want to dive right in immediately to work on your BSN. Not so for me, I am tired-- the nursing program is stressful, lots of papers, skills, clinicals etc--- I am tired. I need a break before continuing for my BSN. I just need to get settled into my new RN position and get comfortable with that role before I go any further with my education.
    Good luck with nursing. I wish you the best.
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    Thank you for your reply.

    I was just wondering because as of right now...continuing immediately is the plan, but who knows what the future holds?!!

    But I'm glad to know that if I want to work on my BSN without skipping a beat following graduation--that it is possible.

    Thanks again for the info
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    I took my NCLEX within 2-3 months from graduating. As far as getting into a BSN completion program check to see what you will need besides the BSN classes. There is always something else. I waited and worked a year before starting my BSN because I was 1. totally burnt out on school; 2. I needed several extra classes that I wanted to get out of the way so that I could concentrate on the BSN classes and 3. I felt that I needed the some experience under my belt because there is going to be several "old school" RNs in your BSN program that has seen and done everything. I never wanted to appear stupid around them but I also let them know that I was looking to them for guidance. Your BSN classmates will be a big part of you network base after graduation. The BSN classes will be very different that what you expected from the ADN classes but they are time consuming.

    Good Luck in both the ADN and BSN classes.
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    I tend to agree with the other posters,, i graduated in June and was so burned out i cant go on yet. I need to get settled and comfortable in my RN position then Ill see where i need to go from there.
    Surely there is a speech, or statistics class you can take during the summer that is required though until you pass your boards. I would think they would require a license to start the actual nursing bridge.
    From what i am reading there are waiting lists for some bridge programs so for them to let you into the nursing program without holding a license yet might be difficult, as well as difficult for them to justify to others if they do have waiting lists. Good luck.


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