I graduate in May 06 and I currently have a position as a Nurse Extern/PCT on an oncology floor. Upon graduation I will have the option to work as an RN intern until I pass the NCLEX a couple of months after graduation.
Some Nurse Externs I have been talking to say that they are keeping their positions as NE's before they pass. At my hospital if you are working as an RN intern and do not pass the NCLEX you will have to drop down to a NE for the next year and then try again for the RN position.
Some NE's say that they don't want to take that chance if they fail. Are they setting themselves up to fail or is this a smart move?