After quick results am I a murse?

  1. Ok so I somehow passed the NCLEX(computer shutoff at 85 and I was horrified vision started fading, heart pounding) not due to lack of knowledge really but there were more than a few questions I was just like "I have no idea" probably 60 or so were SATA.

    Anyhow I got the quick results yesterday saying I passed. So am I a murse now? Can I look for a job or do I have to wait for the BON?
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Wuzzie
    Nope sorry you're a nurse! Congrats!
  4. by   Extra Pickles
    Murse is not a word. But it sounds like you are on your way to becoming a nurse :-)

    In most states, eligibility to test is given only after the application is completely processed, background checks done, the whole nine yards. In a couple, New Jersey comes to mind, that is not done until after the NCLEX pass results have been sent back to the board of nursing. For those states that do it that way, no you are not a nurse until after you have been issued that license. Pretty rare naturally, but there have been stories of those who have passed the NCLEX only to find that their state BON will not issue them a license! But you should know if you live in one of those states. If you do, best to wait for that license number before proceeding. If you are in a state that does it the way most do it, getting the license number will be something you will provide to a prospective employer when they are checking you out as a possible candidate for a job. Some will have the spot on the application for you to put your license number then. Others will want proof of license only once you get called for an interview. You'll have to see how that goes. Good luck to you!
  5. by   K8NewRn
    Lol wait for ur license first
  6. by   muggs
    That's what I was thinking, darn yet more waiting.
    Also I'm a guy so I am, or will eventually be, a murse lol
  7. by   K8NewRn
    Congrats to you. A lot of respect with guy nurse. Good job.
  8. by   Extra Pickles
    Quote from muggs
    That's what I was thinking, darn yet more waiting.
    Also I'm a guy so I am, or will eventually be, a murse lol ������������
    I was just trying to save you some embarrassment :-) I work with a good many nurses who are male. Not a single one of them refers to himself as a murse, and would probably look funny at anyone who used it as well. My dentist is not a female dentist, she is a dentist. When you have a license in hand, you will not be a male nurse, or a murse, you will be a nurse! Wear it proudly, leave the gender out of it, don't cheapen the title you worked hard for. Good luck.
  9. by   muggs
    I thank you for your support. I just think it's a funny word and believe me I've been called much worse when I was a DCC. I do keep my sex in mind though because men are more likely to be okay with a female nurse than women are with a male nurse. In fact I had 2 patients decline my care when I was in clinicals for this reason. They were nice and polite about it though.
  10. by   elkpark
    Quote from Extra Pickles
    I was just trying to save you some embarrassment :-) I work with a good many nurses who are male. Not a single one of them refers to himself as a murse, and would probably look funny at anyone who used it as well.
    Yes, I've worked with many "nurses of the male persuasion" for 30+ years, in five different states (so far), in a wide ranges of settings, and I've never heard the term "murse" other than on this site. I haven't even heard "male nurse" other than from clients. None of the nurses-who-happen-to-be-male I've known have ever referred to themselves that way.

    In my first job out of nursing school, 32 years ago (gawd, has it been that long??), I worked with a great nurse who happened to be male. That was more of a novelty at that time than it is now -- clients would often ask him, "Oh, are you a male nurse??", and he would always smile, and say pleasantly, "No, I take care of females, too."
  11. by   adventure_rn
    Congrats!!

    You can totally apply to jobs (some places will hire you even before you take the NCLEX, with an offer contingent on passing). You can't actually practice until you get your official notification and license number; assuming that you don't have any issues that would hold up your licensure (i.e. criminal convictions), your notification and license number should probably be available online fairly quickly. In my state, I could look up my license number through our BON 'Verify a License' search engine within 3 days of passing my NCLEX.

    On your applications, I wouldn't call yourself an RN or put that you have your license until you get your notification/license number; passing the NCLEX isn't sufficient to become a nurse, you also have to be vetted and approved by your Board of Nursing. However, you can make a note of passing the NCLEX on your apps.

    Just my 2 cents, but I think you should be able to call yourself whatever you want, especially in the name of comic relief.
    Last edit by adventure_rn on Oct 14

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