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New Grad Program - Not Licensed in Time

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by LiveYourDreams LiveYourDreams (Member) Member

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Hello all,

I am wondering if one applies for and is accepted to a new grad program in a hospital with the expected starting date, then the person does not end up being licensed before that date - what happens? I believe they will be dropped from that particular new grad cohort, but I am wondering if the person basically blackballs themself from that department and/or that healthcare system in the future. 

Thanks!!

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Shimmer580 has 10 years experience.

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Hi! My first job was a similar scenario but in the East Coast. I thought I’d share my experience since you had no replies. My license took almost 3 months to get done by endorsement. (Thanks, Jersey! 🤯) Anywho, I kept the Director of Nursing up to date with my status and my start date was just pushed back. With my current job, same thing. I’m getting my license endorsed by another neighboring state and they wanted me to start sooner but my license has t come in yet so they just pushed me into the next group of new hires for next month. 

I would think as long as you are honest and didn’t lie and say you already had it, they’d just push your start date further. I can’t imagine you’d be blackballed because your license isn’t done yet. If you haven’t tested for boards yet, you may lose the job, but again, not be blackballed. I know of nurses in both situations- ones that failed the boards and lost the job and ones that were able to keep the job and retest and ultimately start at the job later. Just be honest and keep them up to date with the status and it should work out. Good luck!

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