When should I apply for NCLEX-RN? California

  1. I will be graduating from nursing school in December. I went to a board meeting for the BRN as part of my school's curriculum and they told us to apply for the NCLEX 2 weeks before graduating from nursing school.

    I have a criminal history and I know they will take longer to review my application because of that. I am curious if anyone who has been in this situation can give some input. I don't want to apply too early because the board staff said they tend to lose documents if we apply too early, but I want to allow enough time for them to review my documents. I have almost everything I need ready.

    A second question I have is the board wants a work performance evaluation, but my job won't give me one until I have been there for a year. Can I submit my documents without a work performance evaluation? Surely there must have been applicants that didn't have a job and couldn't provide this either.

    Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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  3. by   bruin2010

    I just did this recently. I applied two weeks after I graduated. I know most people in my class applied a bit earlier prior to graduation. In regards to the timeline, I heard back fairly quick- about the same amount of time it took for the rest of the people in my class. Just make sure you have all your documents organized and ready. This is what I would prep before you graduate. Start asking people such as your professors, mentors, co-workers for character reference letters early on. Also start on your letter explaining your charges to the CA BON and detail what you have done since your conviction to show that you arent that person anymore.

    Lastly, I did not ask my current job for a job evaluation. So don't worry about it. You can ask your co-worker to write a letter for you and its just as good. Good luck, feel free to ask me if you have any other questions.