RN Graduate Moving to Oregon from Ohio

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    I'm a recent graduate moving to Oregon. I was told my the state board of nursing that you cannot work as a graduate nurse in Oregon. I was wondering if I should still apply to open RN positions and then possibly the hospital would work with me so that I could work as a CNA (I am one) now while I wait to take the NCLEX.
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    as far as i can tell there is no restriction on a new grad getting licensure in oregon. i also am looking to relocate there once i graduate in may. you actually talked to the state board of nursing?? let me know if you find out anything else. thanks and good luck!!

    check out this link.

    http://www.osbn.state.or.us/osbn/rn-...nt_into_oregon

    you must have worked as a nurse, at the level for which you are seeking license or above, for at least 960 hours during the last five years. exceptions: if you graduated from an osbn-approved nursing program with a degree appropriate for the licensure level you seek within the last five years, you are eligible for endorsement.
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    Quote from quick2k2ecotec
    I'm a recent graduate moving to Oregon. I was told my the state board of nursing that you cannot work as a graduate nurse in Oregon. I was wondering if I should still apply to open RN positions and then possibly the hospital would work with me so that I could work as a CNA (I am one) now while I wait to take the NCLEX.
    Most places will not hire you until you have your license. This stems from a possible conflict between the 2 jobs, your role as a CNA and your new training as an RN I would think. When we were hiring, we never gave that opportunity to our applicants and all job offers were contingent on passing the NCLEX. It costs too much to hire and train a new staff member if they are ultimately unable to do what you hired them for. Not knocking your ability to pass the NCLEX, mind you.

    Here's a couple of links to help you out:
    New Graduate Nurse Information (OSBN)
    General Licensing Information

    I came from out of state as well, submitted the required paper work to the board and took my test here as well. It's not that hard at all (relatively speaking). Hardest thing will be finding work...after passing your boards.

    Good Luck!
    Tom
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    Most places will not hire you until you have your license. This stems from a possible conflict between the 2 jobs, your role as a CNA and your new training as an RN I would think. When we were hiring, we never gave that opportunity to our applicants and all job offers were contingent on passing the NCLEX. It costs too much to hire and train a new staff member if they are ultimately unable to do what you hired them for. Not knocking your ability to pass the NCLEX, mind you.

    Here's a couple of links to help you out:
    New Graduate Nurse Information (OSBN)
    General Licensing Information

    I came from out of state as well, submitted the required paper work to the board and took my test here as well. It's not that hard at all (relatively speaking). Hardest thing will be finding work...after passing your boards.

    Good Luck!
    Tom
    Tom,

    Thanks for the reply. This makes sense. I'll look for CNA positions and concentrate on passing the NCLEX, then hunt for RN positions!

    Sean


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