Can a new graduate work before taking Nclex?

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    So,I took my IV class at this place and saw some new graduates working as a nurse without having a license.And it made me wonder if State of Tennesse allows new graduates work before passing their NCLEX.Since i moved from California,I know for sure that California doesn't.You need to have a valid nursing license even if you want to take IV class in California.
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    Some states allow graduate nurses (GNs) to secure employment before becoming licensed. I am in Texas, which is one of the states that allows GNs to work before becoming fully licensed RNs.
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    PA does as well...when you register for the NCLEX you get an ATT (authorization to test) and a Temporary practice permit#...which doesn't change when you pass, it just changes online from GN to RN...
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    When I first moved to TN after graduating in Florida I got a job as a GN but couldn't do anything but assess and chart until I passed boards.
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