I've been trying to find out this information for a while, and haven't had any luck! Forgive me if my research skills are lacking and I've been blind.
So, I am a fourth year BScN nursing student in Edmonton, Canada. In April of 2013 I will be graduating, and then taking the CRNE so that I can work in Canada. I plan on working in Canada for at least 1-2 years to gain experience and confidence, but I have a life goal of travel nursing and living abroad. It has been suggested to me that I should take the NCLEX this Spring after I have studied for my CRNE so that everything is fresh in my mind. I realize the two tests are very different, but I still think this is a great idea. However, I have a few concerns.
Once you take the NCLEX, do you have to register in a specific state in a specific amount of time? Or could I take the NCLEX, wait a few years, and (assuming I pass) then use that NCLEX pass to register in a state of my choosing?
I don't really have any idea which state I would want to work/live in, especially since I
don't even know what area of nursing I want to pursue! I wouldn't want to have to decide on a state, pay for registration, then have to let it lapse as I gain experience in Canada.
Does anyone have any input on this? I'd really appreciate it! (and I'll be sharing it with my Canadian nursing friends )