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When should I apply for a job?

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by LolaSPN LolaSPN (Member)

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I will be graduating on Aug 3 from practical nursing program. I probably won't be taking NCLEX until atleast the end of Aug. or begining of Sept., when should I apply for a job? Should I wait until I take NCLEX?

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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I personally waited until I had a nursing license in my possession before I began applying for work, so that hiring managers would be less likely to turn me away.

However, you can start applying for jobs during the week of your graduation from the LPN program. Some facilities in your area may hire you as a GPN (graduate practical nurse). GPNs are people who have completed LPN programs, but are not yet licensed. Facilities that are willing to work with GPNs tend to hire them at a lower pay rate than what would normally be offered to a fully licensed LPN.

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I went to work in a highly competitive area and would not have been hired without my license. I suggest that you wait until you pass the boards for psychological reasons. Too much pressure and the possible negative consequences, if by chance, you don't pass. Some employers will not allow you to work at a lower level but will dismiss you if you don't pass boards the first time. I just wouldn't want to have an added worry. Studying for the boards is enough at one time.

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