Quote from bjssk
1.Can I apply for a job immediately after I graduate or I have to first give Nclex and then can apply for a job only after results?
2. After I graduate,in how much time do I need to give the NClex exam or there is no such rule for that?
3. How many times can I repeat the NClex?
4. Will any hospital hire me after my graduation if I am five months pregnant?
Thanks for letting us know you're from Calfornia. You can apply for a new grad nursing job before you graduate and receive an offer. It's usually contingent on you passing the NCLEX within 3 to 6 months of starting your job. In California, you can pay for an interim permit which will allow you to work as a nurse before taking the NCLEX. However, if you do not pass the NCLEX, that interim permit immediately becomes void and you can not continue your job as a nurse. (In some cases, you may be able to work as a tech instead if a position is available.)
In California you can repeat the NCLEX every 45 days and there's no limit as to how many times you can repeat it. However, if I were you, I would plan to study efficiently and effectively (take a review course or use Suzanne's plan) to pass the NCLEX the first time. Otherwise, it's another $200 to the CA BON to repeat it.
In terms of your 5 month pregnancy, that could be a tough one. Usually, there is a new grad training program (if you are planning to work at a hospital) for 10 to 12 weeks. During that time, you would be expected to be there the entire time, not going on pregnancy leave. Perhaps there is someone in the forum who could share her experience.
If I were you, I would plan to study for at least 6 weeks before you take the NCLEX (following Suzanne's plan or any of the review classes). This means doing 100 questions a day for 6 weeks minimum once you review the content. Go ahead take the NCLEX so you'll have that RN by your name. Then you can judge whether you'll be up for the 10-12 week new grad rotation (yes, they may rotate days and nights during that time). There are some places that do not have new grad training programs; you'll have to inquire for your specific situation.
One more thing: be sure to get all the necessary paperwork, photo, fingerprints, transcripts, etc. to the CA BON. This includes the CA BON receiving your final transcript from nursing school. Otherwise, they will not issue you a "ATT" (Application to Test) to permit you to register to take the NCLEX. (Note: to receive your results, you will need a SSN. Furthermore, California does not subscribe to Quick Results, so you'll have the agony of waiting to see your name on the CA BON website or receiving the results in the postal mail. You can read all about the waiting process on the NCLEX forums.) Good luck!