CPNE + NCLEX = RN degree?

  1. I feel dumb asking this as I've come this far...but, can someone enlighten me. I need to clarify the requirements for my ADN rn degree. I understood that I need to pass both the CPNE & NCLEX to officially work as an RN (in California). I have enrolled prior to Dec. '03. Some places hire their LVNs inhouse once they passed the CPNE(Excelsior). Enter your ideas below pls! Thx.
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Completion of the required courses is required for the degree. The CPNE satisfies the clinical testing component, and the NCLEX-RN is required for licensure as an RN in any state. The NCLEX-RN has nothing to do with the actual degree.
  4. by   nurse1717
    Can I rephrase:
    NC1-7 and the CPNE provides the RN Degree and
    the NCLEX-RN provides licensure to practice in a State?
    RN hiring follows passing the NCLEX and not before?
  5. by   suzanne4
    Quote from marieylego
    Can I rephrase:
    NC1-7 and the CPNE provides the RN Degree and
    the NCLEX-RN provides licensure to practice in a State?
    RN hiring follows passing the NCLEX and not before?
    You are not a Registered Nurse until you pass the exam, you are a GN before (graduate nurse).

    Most hospitals want to see that you passed the NCLEX-RN before they will offer you a job. It is also much better to get it out of the way before starting a new job. It has become harder and harder to get a job in CA with an Interim Permit in a hospital. You will find it easier to get hired once you have passed.
  6. by   nurse1717
    thanks suzanne4!
  7. by   luvdancink
    Most of my friends in traditional RN programs have been hired on as GN's with the assumption that they cant keep working if they dont pass the boards. I was hired on as a GPN (graduate practical nursE) and worked for months before passing my LPN boards. You may find someone willing to hire you as a GN, but being from excelsior (of which I'm enrolled so dont take this the wrong way) you might have a tougher time.

    ~Kristy
  8. by   nurse1717
    I think you're right Kristy. As we all know, Excelsior is anything but traditional. I have heard somewhere that the NCLEX pass rate for EC students is quite high. At this point, I just assume take the NCLEX a few months following my CPNE. (easier said that done?!)
    My feeling is that my current employer won't hire me as an RN until I pass the NCLEX-a minor drawback. Excelsior is still such a great program for those of us who need to continue working but want that degree without a huge loan to payoff afterwards. Thanks for the entry.

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