I will be graduating in December with my ADN and will be joining the 300+ other people applying for our rural hospital med-surg floor. I have heard conflicting views regarding working as a graduate nurse and studying while working for the NCLEX exam versus waiting to begin working after passing the NCLEX. Our hospital only hires new grads during the last month of nursing school (yes, it is only that way to add to the stress that is nursing school), so I basically have the option to get ahead and get the job, but run the risk of not passing the NCLEX the first time or wait, guarantee passage, but then pray there is still an opening. The risk my teachers tell me about is related to getting into the "real world" and out of the "NCLEX world" and failing the test because new experience out of school will get in the way with what the texts say. Of course this sounds completely wrong that experience should prevent me from doing well, but in my final rotation I am seeing nursing students that were hired during school working as CNAs because they have failed the test. Just how much of a risk is it to work as a graduate nurse in relation to passing the NCLEX?