I've got a unique situation. I graduated this past Spring and did not apply for the NCLEX until this month. The reason for waiting was to have my arrest record from expunged at the advice of a family friend who used to work on the BON. I was still totally transparent about my history in the application and submitted all the correct documentation.
Here's my question: When would it be safe to apply for jobs?
I'm worried that it could take a while to hear back from the BON about my application since it's an atypical app with an arrest history and I know most hospitals require you to pass the NCLEX within 3 months of being hired. I would hate to go past that 3 month period and have to explain why I've not heard back from the BON. I don't want that to be my first impression with a new job/career.
What do you all think? I'm so ready to get working but I don't want to start off on the wrong foot. Thanks for your thoughts!
I would not apply for a nursing job until I passed the NCLEX. I am not familiar with jobs that will hire/ train you before you are licensed, but assuming there are some around I would wait until I had a test date before applying.
I hope it works out for and you get your test date soon. Good luck!