Brandy BSN is correct. All nursing school
graduates are considered Graduate nurses and sign as their title GN until they take and pass the NCLEX exam a. Each state varies in how long graduate nurses may practice until exam results known. All graduate nurses practice under the supervision of an RN and are permitted to perform the same functions as an RN.
If you fail the NCLEX, ecah state has a different procedure ---some are immediately changed to a rtechnician status,,,some have three tries to pass exam.
Here are PA's rules...
21.27. Unlicensed candidate.
The candidate may practice as a graduate nurse until the licensing examination is passed subject to the following:
(1) Unless licensed, the candidate may be employed as a graduate nurse for 1 year only from the date of completion of a nursing program except in the case where special permission is granted by the Board due to extenuating circumstances. In such a case the candidate shall present validating documentation.
(2) The candidate shall practice under the supervision of an experienced registered nurse. ''Supervision,'' as used in this paragraph, means that the registered nurse is physically present in the area or unit where the unlicensed candidate is practicing.