Two questions...

  1. Wow, I can't believe that when I joined this forum I had just decided to go back to school, and now, here I am 3 months away from graduating!
    So, just wondering...How long did you wait to take NCLEX after graduating and how long did it take you to find a job?
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  2. 30 Comments

  3. by   xoemmylouox
    I took like 3 months to do a final good review and to take a break. I found out pretty quickly that I passed and had a job within 2 mi this. This was over 6 years ago. Congrats and best of luck.
  4. by   hopefulwhoop
    Graduated in May--took NCLEX in July. Started working in August.
  5. by   CaptScrubs13
    Graduated mid may, took nclex first available date - one month later, interviewed beginning of September for my job and started 3 or 4 weeks later
  6. by   wish_me_luck
    Graduated May 2012, took/passed NCLEX in September 2012, and I do not have a nursing job right now--3 months of that though I was not looking due to monitoring stipulations. Hopefully, it will be soon.
  7. by   Meriwhen
    I took the NCLEX 6 weeks after graduation. I had surgery scheduled immediately after graduation--as in the Monday after the weekend ceremonies--so I didn't expect to hit the review books for at least a couple of weeks afterwards.

    On the other hand, I didn't want to wait too long on taking the test either: better I get it over with while most of nursing school was still fresh in my mind. I figured about a month of reviewing would be enough.

    I accepted a position about 3 months following graduation.
  8. by   KelRN215
    I took NCLEX 3 weeks after graduation. I graduated 6 years ago when the job market was good, so I had my job offer in March of my senior year of college. Start applying NOW.
  9. by   PediLove2147
    Graduated in May, took the NCLEX at the end of June, had a job in September.
  10. by   TheCommuter
    LVN program - I took NCLEX about 2.5 months after completion and found a job a few days after receiving my temporary license. Of course, this was back in 2006 when the nursing job market was more robust.

    RN program - I took NCLEX 2 months after completion.
  11. by   LTCNS
    LPN program. Took NCLEX less than a month after graduation and landed my first job the day after I received my license. That was in 1996 when a nurse, RN or LPN, could literally walk into a LTC or hospital and have a job the same day.
  12. by   wanderlust99
    Graduated in December, started working in January, passed NCLEX in Feb. This was 2006.
    Last edit by wanderlust99 on Feb 11, '13
  13. by   mariebailey
    There was a/b 1 month between graduating & taking the NCLEX, and I had a job offer before I took the NCLEX. The economy was much better then.
    Last edit by mariebailey on Feb 11, '13
  14. by   Genista
    I took the NCLEX 1 month after graduating (I wanted a month to "review" for the exam). Started my 1st job 7 mos later (I took summer off/had fun/got married in between). ;-) Good luck!

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