Dumb Question?

  1. Ok there is no such thing right? :spin:

    I know that last year a lot of the seniors in my program had jobs lined up right before they graduated. How does that work exactly...the period of time when you are just graduating until you take your boards and become a licensed RN? Is your payscale different upon hiring? Are there certain tasks you cannot do until you pass boards? Can someone explain this to me? I am now a senior who needs to figure this out. :spin:

    Thanks!!

    ~J
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  3. by   hlfpnt
    Most facilities will hire you on at "GN" (Graduate Nurse) status until you take boards. That's when you have a temporary license through the state for a certian amount of time. Not sure if each state varies on this. Try calling the nurse recruiters of the hospitals you want to apply to. They will tell you when they will start accepting applications & resumes for the up coming GN programs. They will also give you details on pay scales, benefits, etc. I don't know about where you are, but in this area most facilities hire at GN pay & give a raise when you pass boards...the recruiters can answer that for you, too. As far as performing certian tasks...I suppose that would depend on facility & maybe even state protocols. Hope this helps, good luck to you!


    P.S.
    The only "dumb" question is the one you DON'T ask!
    Last edit by hlfpnt on Oct 29, '06
  4. by   truern
    I'm in NC and we don't have GN status. I was hired before graduation, but had to wait until I passed NCLEX to begin orientation.
  5. by   RNin2007
    Interesting, thank you....this was very helpful. I didn't realize it could differ from state to state as well.

    ~J
  6. by   GeminiTwinRN
    In the state I live, we are given the title "RNA" after graduation and before passing NCLEX. (registered nurse applicant). This status is good for 6 months initially, with an extension of 30 days available for valid (usually medical reasons). We have to complete 120 hours of preceptor work (not the same as the 120 hours as during school) that is paid by the hospial or facility that you work.

    After we complete the 120 hours after graduation, we can then apply for our ATT and then take the NCLEX. After that (PASS!) our title changes to RN.

    As for having the jobs lined up before graduation, I certainly hope to, but there aren't any guarantees, and graduation is Dec. 16th for us.

    Good luck!
  7. by   mom2michael
    Where I live we have GN's. We are allowed to function as full RN's, including all meds, treatments, etc...... We have 90 days to take (and pass) our NCLEX from the time we graduate or we loose our GN status and in most places, your job. I do not get a pay raise when I graduate - what I start at is what I make until the annual cost of living raises each year - which is every Nov.
  8. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from truern
    I'm in NC and we don't have GN status. I was hired before graduation, but had to wait until I passed NCLEX to begin orientation.
    I could have swore I read somewhere, in NC you could work after graduation for up to 6 months under a provisional license until you passed your state boards.
  9. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from truern
    I'm in NC and we don't have GN status. I was hired before graduation, but had to wait until I passed NCLEX to begin orientation.
    Ditto. No GN status in Az either. I was offered a position in March which I accepted, but couldn't begin to work until I had a license number (June). I took my NCLEX on a Tuesday, and had my physical license in hand by Friday (but I had my license number Wednesday morning).
  10. by   truern
    Quote from BSNtobe2009
    I could have swore I read somewhere, in NC you could work after graduation for up to 6 months under a provisional license until you passed your state boards.
    You read wrong, sorry.
  11. by   DolphinRN84
    There's no GN status in MA. Most of my classmates worked as aides so they were able to get jobs after passing the boards. I was an aide too, but unfortunately didn't get anything at the hospital I worked at. But I just got a new job and I'll be starting next week. Really hard to find new grad opportunities in MA!
  12. by   GrnHonu99
    Quote from RNin2007
    Interesting, thank you....this was very helpful. I didn't realize it could differ from state to state as well.

    ~J

    It does. In my state: AZ....you can work as a nurse (sort of) before you pass NCLEX but you can't pass meds. At least thats the way it works at my hospital. I havent taken NCLEX yet but I have been orientating for about 8 weeks. I take NCLEX in 2 weeks. The hospital prefers that you take boards within 4 weeks of hire but unfort. for me my transcripts were delayed. I interviewed and got the job in May and graduated August 18th. I started orientation Sept. 5 and I'm taking NCLEX Nov 21. If my transcripts werent held up I could have taken it about 2 weeks ago.
  13. by   Imafloat
    I was hired before graduation, I can't start until I pass my NCLEX. Orientation is Dec 11 if I am able to test/get results before then, otherwise I have to wait until January. If I am unsuccesful in my NCLEX attempt I will be allowed to work as a PCT until I pass.
  14. by   kayjo
    In Kansas, we have to show some proof that we are no longer students (like the graduation program with our name listed on it), then we become "transition techs" - once we receive notice that we are eligible to take the state boards, we pass that announcement onto HR, and our title is changed to Graduate Nurse. Once we pass the NCLEX, we are finally RNs.
    We can start orienting on the unit as soon as we show proof of graduating. I think we get 2 chances to pass state boards before we're booted out.

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