GRADUATED!!! Do I call myself RN yet? - page 2

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I just graduated as a Registered Nurse!! ADN... I worked my butt off working and going to school! God is good..my question is can I call myself a Registered nurse yet? I'm not scheduled to take my boards yet, school has to send... Read More


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    You're not registered so no!

    Congrats though!
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    Quote from pookyp
    Someone called herself a nurse yesterday because she graduated and I was like ...no. Lol not until you take the nclex.

    Congrats!
    Not until you take and pass the NCLEX...
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    Depending on your state you aren't a nurse of any kind until you take and pass either the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN. You might be a "Graduate Nurse" depending on your state. Ohio is not a state that recognizes graduates of a nursing program as "Graduate Nurses." So in Ohio at least all you would be is a graduate of a pre-licensure nursing education program.
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    Quote from Nurse-84
    I just graduated as a Registered Nurse!! ADN... I worked my butt off working and going to school! God is good..my question is can I call myself a Registered nurse yet? I'm not scheduled to take my boards yet, school has to send my completion program paper work. I feel so uncomfortable calling myself that already. I'm a LPN already so its a change. I know to work as a licensed RN I have to the NCLEX but people keep asking me what I am and Im confused on if I can say it? haha
    Thank you
    You didn't "graduate as a Registered Nurse." You graduated from an ADN program which qualifies you to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination.

    So to answer your question, no you do not call yourself a Registered Nurse yet because you are not a Registered Nurse yet.
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    You can call yourself RN after you pass NCLEX. Until then you are considered a new grad or GN.

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    You have to pass your boards first before you get to label yourself an RN. And isn't it technically illegal to say RN when you are just a graduate nurse? I can't go around saying im a CRNA while im in school, so I'm assuming it's the same ? Can someone clarify?
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    You're not a RN until you pass the NCLEX. There's no way around it.
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    I think the easiest thing to say is "i have my adn/bsn (whichever is the case) and I WILL BE an RN as soon as I pass boards" Outside of nursing most dont understand..."graduated, but not an RN yet" or even what a GN is. And yes you are not an RN until you pass.

    My son (so my sister) gave me an RN charm for my charm bracelet for graduation. I accepteded it, but told my son that I wasn't an RN til I passed my test, so I wasn't going to add it to my bracelet til the day I passed....and he would be first I told. So day I passed I added it to my bracelet, and showed him when he came home from school. Maybe a little silly, but wasnt an RN until I actually held an RN license
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    Nobody graduates as a Registered Nurse.
    Ella26, NevadaFighter, and KelRN215 like this.
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    Not every state recognizes GNs either (NC does not) - so nope, you're just a grad until you get that magic notification from Pearson.

    When people ask, you say, "I just graduated from nursing school and I'm so excited! Now I'm studying for my licensure exam."
    Ella26 likes this.


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