GRADUATED!!! Do I call myself RN yet?

  1. 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
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  2. 34 Comments

  3. by   JustBeachyNurse
    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.
  4. by   akulahawkRN
    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. by   Sun0408
    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
  6. by   Havin' A Party!
    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. by   BostonFNP
    No. Not yet.
  8. by   amoLucia
    Not until you get that precious little number from your BON!!!

    Congrats on finishing school - good luck for your NCLEX!
  9. by   Ella26
    OP you will be able to call your self an RN once you pass the NCLEX-RN.
  10. by   pebbles049
    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. by   pookyp
    Someone called herself a nurse yesterday because she graduated and I was like ...no. Lol not until you take the nclex.

    Congrats!
  12. by   redhead_NURSE98!
    You're not registered so no!

    Congrats though!
  13. by   Nurse2BeInGA
    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...
  14. by   AgentBeast
    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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