GRADUATED!!! Do I call myself RN yet?

  1. 2 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
  2. Visit  Nurse-84 profile page

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    From 'Quahog, Rhode Island'; Joined Jul '12; Posts: 35; Likes: 11.

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  3. Visit  JustBeachyNurse profile page
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    In the US..,,You are a graduate nurse until you pass the NCLEX and are issued a license to practice as a registered nurse by the board of nursing. In the majority of states the title of registered nurse is legally protected.
    berk15, CareQueen, Rose_Queen, and 10 others like this.
  4. Visit  akulahawkRN profile page
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    In other words, OP, you're a GN. A Graduate Nurse. You don't have a license yet, but you're no longer a student either. Your state may issue you a temporary license to work as a GN under the supervision of an RN until you've taken the NCLEX. That part is up to your state's BON.
  5. Visit  Sun0408 profile page
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    Sorry OP but you are not a Registered Nurse yet.. You will be once you pass your boards/NCLEX, until then you are a GN/LPN
    nrsang97 and Not_A_Hat_Person like this.
  6. Visit  Havin' A Party! profile page
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    No offense... but this was heavily stressed when I was in school. (Just sayin: kinda surprised with the query... if this was seriously posed.)

    BTW, congrats!
  7. Visit  BostonFNP profile page
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    No. Not yet.
  8. Visit  amoLucia profile page
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    Not until you get that precious little number from your BON!!!

    Congrats on finishing school - good luck for your NCLEX!
    anie10 and Janey496 like this.
  9. Visit  Ella26 profile page
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    OP you will be able to call your self an RN once you pass the NCLEX-RN.
  10. Visit  pebbles049 profile page
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    congrats . We graduate tommorow nite also. I am also an L.P.N. Cant wait to take the boards. Dont have a date yet cause school has to send in paperwork too.
  11. Visit  pookyp profile page
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    Someone called herself a nurse yesterday because she graduated and I was like ...no. Lol not until you take the nclex.

    Congrats!
  12. Visit  redhead_NURSE98! profile page
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    You're not registered so no!

    Congrats though!
  13. Visit  Nurse2BeInGA profile page
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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...
    KelRN215 likes this.
  14. Visit  ScottE profile page
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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.
    GrnTea likes this.

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