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Can you apply for a nursing job before taking the NCLEX exam?

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Hello,

I'm new to the field of nursing and I am confused. After you graduate from school, are you allowed to apply for a nursing job before you take the NCLEX exam? I heard that some people can apply while in a couple of days they will be taking the NCLEX exam.

I know this is a stupid question but I want to get this cleared up.

Thank you!

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well, i graduated in 1986, so may be behind the times - but we were able to work before testing. we worked as "graduate nurses" until being notified we had passed and then as rn's or lpn's.

and no question is stupid :)

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TiffyRN has 27 years experience as a ADN, BSN, PhD and specializes in NICU.

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I am working with a few new grads and they were able to apply when they got their letter from the state saying they were eligible to take the NCLEX. My husband graduated a couple of years ago and applied for and got a job without them even verifying if he had truly graduated. He couldn't provide any patient care until he got his letter from the state though.

Back when I graduated (you know, when NCLEX was only given 2x/year!), I was hired before I graduated though I didn't start orientation until after graduation.

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OneChattyNurse has 13 years experience and specializes in LTC, MDS/careplans, Unit Manager.

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i graduated from nursing school in texas. there you can work as a graduate. in iowa though, where i am originally from, you cannot work until you are actually licensed (unless you work at the va).

i was working and my results came in the mail. my aunt opened them up and i had passed, so the first 1/2 of my shift i sighnd gvn and that last 1/2 i signed lvn.

anyway...good luck to you as you begin your career!!

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Tweety has 28 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

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Absolutely apply for that job! Good luck. Here in Florida new grads are able to orient with a nurse, while they are waiting to take the exam, but no med passing and charting, etc. Many have their jobs lined up even before they graduate. It's sweet like that. :)

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Havin' A Party! has 10 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in ICU, CM, Geriatrics, Management.

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Yes. And you can be hired and work too.

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