you have to take the NCLEX
Dec 8, '06
I would bet you need to check with the specific state's BON.
Dec 9, '06
Where I live it is 90 days or until you pass/fail your NCLEX and you can function as a full RN during that 90 days - there are no restrictions or limitations.
Neighboring state does not allow you to work until you pass NCLEX as a RN, however you can work as a Nurse Extern but you are not allowed to give meds or do anything invasive (IV's for example) until you pass your NCLEX.
You need to check with your SBON
Dec 12, '06
Traumrus is right, check with your BON. In my state, it is 1 year. However, I had to sign a contract with my hospital saying I would take NCLEX within 3 months of hire. Those that went straight into critical care (pricier internship) had to sign to take it within 2 months (although they really held them to 3 months).
The earlier you take it the better. It is such a weight lifted when you've taken those boards. I was the second person in my class to take it and I was soooo glad to have it overwith.
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