Some new grad questions

  1. Hi,

    Is the NCLEX a national exam (I thought it was, but an older nurse told me it wasn't). If I take it in one state, can I work in another? Do all states share reciprocity?

    If it says 1 year experience, does it matter what KIND of experience? For example, if all I could find was something that was less, how do I put it?, technical/physical/medsurg (i.e. psych or long term care) does this count for the 1 year experience? If I worked in ltc for one year, can I then apply to a hospital, or does it have to be 1 year in medsurg? I'm not sure what 'counts' as experience, if that makes sense.

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  3. by   BKCinNOLA

    NCLEX is a national exam administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. You can take the NCLEX in any state and have it count towards any one state licensure.

    However, all states do not share licensure reciprocity. Only states participating in the Nursing Licensure Compact Act allow RNs and LPNs to have immediate reciprocity. Check out this website for a list of states participating in the Nursing Licensure Compact Act:

    All other states require that you specifically apply for a license in their state (which usually includes a application fee, background check, and license verification).

    As for the 'one year' experience thing. I think it depends on the hospital/position for which you are applying. Some specifically say 'one year acute care exp.' or 'one year hospital exp.' I've seen others that simply say 'one year nursing exp.' So, it all depends..

    Hope that helps!