I will be a graduate nurse this May, and have a quesiton

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    I am graduating in May with my BSN, and heading back home for the summer. I will be moving to a different state in the fall, so am planning on getting my RN certification just for the state that I will be moving to. Does anyone know what a graduate nurse with a BSN can do in the medical field as far as a job for the summer? I do not want to pay the added to fee to have my license in two states when I will only be needing a job in my home state from May to August. Any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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    As far as I know you can't practice nursing without a license in that state. Maybe take the summer off completely or get a job in something besides nursing.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
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    I am in a similar situation as you seem to be in. I will be graduating in May as well and shortly after will be moving back home to Las Vegas, NV from South Carolina. I plan to take the NCLEX in Las Vegas. I wondered if I would be able to secure a job over the summer until I sit for the NCLEX. In short, I discovered that your allowance to work as a grad. is depending on the state you will be in over the summer and their regulations on graduate nurses (GN's) working. But a GN in fact can be hired with out initially having a license (although there are certain criteria that must be met to ensure getting licensed is preiminent).You may want to call the HR department of the hospital or facility you are interested in securing a job at over the summer and as them I they employ graduate nurses. I was able to find much more direct information going straight to the source. I am gunna attach a link to an article that speaks to this issue. I hope this and the article help! ) Here's to almost nearing the light at the end of the tunnel!
    Working as a Graduate Nurse - New Nurse
    excellynnt likes this.
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    Like the above poster - See if your state allows you to get your GN - graduate nurse license. If so you can get that and apply to graduate nurse jobs - essentially practice as a nurse under the supervision of a RN and the idea is that once you pass your test your employer will transition you to an RN position. Some hospitals are doing away with this now though so you might have to do some searching.
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    Call the hospitals and ask. Even though your state says you have a certain amount f time, most GN programs won't accept you without a date of NCLEX testing.

    Also....who want to hire someone from May to August just to watch them leave??
    joanna73 and not.done.yet like this.
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    GN is an official status granted in some states based on your having applied for licensure in that state, not just being someone who graduated from nursing school. AFAIK, you would have to have applied for licensure in your home state (which is what you're wanting to avoid) in order to be granted GN status (if your home state is even one of the states that still offers GN status; fewer and fewer of them do as time goes on).

    I agree it's going to be hard to find a nursing job just for the summer. If you find a job without telling them you're planning to leave by Fall, you will leave that employer on bad terms, and that could come back to bite you in your job search in the new state (or at any point in your future, for that matter). Could you just focus for the summer on passing NCLEX ASAP and job-hunting in the state to which you're planning to move? That may take longer than you expect and, the sooner you get started, the better. Can you move to the new state sooner, instead of hanging out at home for the summer?

    Best wishes.
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    Quote from daughter of the king
    I am graduating in May with my BSN, and heading back home for the summer. I will be moving to a different state in the fall, so am planning on getting my RN certification just for the state that I will be moving to. Does anyone know what a graduate nurse with a BSN can do in the medical field as far as a job for the summer? I do not want to pay the added to fee to have my license in two states when I will only be needing a job in my home state from May to August. Any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    Thank you all so much for your advice. The answers I received were pretty much what I was thinking. Maybe I can look for a medical office job part time or something. Thank you for your help. Can't wait to finish my last semester for my BSN!!! Have a great day!
    ~ God's been good~
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    I feel the need to point out to the OP... RN is not a "certification", it is a "license". There is a huge difference.


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