Dear AllNurses Community,
I'm on here all the time reading posts, but haven't every started a thread until now! I have looked in this forum for a topic that might answer my question, but haven't found anything that has helped completely.
I am a Nursing student in Missouri and am graduating at the end of April. I'm originally from California and my family is all back there (so, I plan on going back eventually). My original idea was that I would take the NCLEX for Missouri and stay here for a year or two and possibly move back to CA after that if I decided to.
Now, because of personal stuff, I am realizing that I would like to apply to residency programs in California, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, and Missouri instead of only jobs in Missouri.
No, on to my actual question! Would it be better to:
a. Take the NCLEX for Missouri (I already sent in my application) and then apply for licensure in CA, OR, or IL after getting my license (the other states on my list are in the compact with MO) if I get accepted into a program there. The problem with this is that if I take the NCLEX in early June, I might not have a license by a July/August program start date (CA in particular).
b. Take the NCLEX for California. This would allow me to easily move into a residency program there and if I instead got a job in another state, it would take much less time to get a temporary license there (since every other state is quicker than California!) The thing is that CA is so competitive (so it's less likely that I would get accepted there) and it's not part of the compact (not a huge drawback). AND I already sent in my MO application, so I'd have to go through the process again for CA...
It would be wonderful to hear what you all recommend. I am planning on making an appointment with an advisor at my school to really hash this out, but since you are all so knowledgeable I thought it couldn't hurt to ask!
Thanks in advance for all your help!