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without an RN licence what else can i do in nursing field until i get my licence?

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Hi, i have already graduated but i still don't have a licence, i will be taking my second NCLEX soon. I want to start working in the nursing field because i don't have any experience other than my clinicals but i don't have much idea, so i am hoping if someone could answer my questions.

1- can i work as an CNA or LPN, and if i can do i need to take a coruse to be certified?

2- If i can work as an LPN can i sit for a licence eventhough i graduated as a RN or do i have to graduate from an

lpn programe?

3- what would you suggest would be a good idea to get a job in nursing field without my rn licence?

i live in NY and if any once can help i'll really appereciate. Thank you.

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flightnurse2b is a LPN and specializes in EMS, ER, GI, PCU/Telemetry.

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i'm not sure about new york state but i know here in florida once you complete fundamentals of nursing you can work in a hospital as a nurse tech. we have quite a few graduate nurses as well as nursing students working as techs on my floor.

as far as working as a LPN, you still have to pass the NCLEX to do that, but being able to sit for the NCLEX-PN in addition to the NCLEX-RN, that is something you have to ask your BON about. some states do allow you to sit for the NCLEX-PN once you finish your 1st yr of an RN program.

your best bet is to call the NY BON and find out exactly what their rules are so you have a better idea of your options.

good luck! :)

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NYCRN16 specializes in ER, PACU.

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I would just concentrate on studying for your board exam. Any hospital that you may apply to as a CNA is going to know that you will leave that position once you pass your boards. I think it will hurt you more in the long run to not pass your boards this time around than to start a new job with no experience. The experience you will get once you are working as a nurse, but you can't get there until you pass. Keep studying and good luck!

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If you can afford to just concentrate on passing your NCLEX, that would be best. Otherwise, I don't see why it'd be tougher to find a job as a nurse tech. You could always say that u plan to work f/t as a nurse at the place once you get licensed. It's up to the employer to decide if they'd let u work temporarily as a nurse or nurse tech. Also, it's easier to find per diem jobs when you're new. It would be in their best interest to hire you b/c they can "mold u" into being the kind of nurse they want/need. Advertise your value to the employer and act confident (w/o sounding arrogant). Apply to many places in several diff. areas to increase your chances. A few good references wouldn't hurt either.

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guys thank you all for telling me i have to get my licence and helped me realize what was more important.....eventualy i continued studying and finaly passed my nclex yesterday.......:D. thank you all very much.

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