Take NCLEX where I went to school or where I want to work?

  1. Hello,
    I am entering into my final semester of nursing school, and I have to decide pretty quickly where I want to take the boards. I am from Chicago, and do plan on coming back here after graduation, but I go to nursing school in Louisiana. After doing research, it seems it could take IL anywhere from 2-6 weeks to process my endorsement from Louisiana. So here is my question:
    Is it better to take the boards in Louisiana then get endorsed in IL? OR take the boards the 1st time in IL?

    Also- Is it that difficult for new grads to finds jobs in Chicago? I keep flip flopping on whether or not I want to stay in LA to get my yr experience or take my chances and come home to find a job. Any info will be greatly appreciated!!!!!

    Thank you
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  3. by   Noimanurse
    I could be wrong, but I believe it doesn't matter where you take your boards, its a national test. All that matters is where you file for your state license. If you want a LA license, then file with LA, if you want an IL license then file with IL...but I believe you can take the test where ever you want. The test is not ran by the state, just the licensing part...they are two different entities.
  4. by   caliotter3
    Take the NCLEX whereever you please. Have the results sent to the state where you apply for your initial license. Get your license where you intend to live and work.