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Is it possible to be a nurse after you graduate?

I mean there is some schools that when you graduate you can be a nurse, but I'm not sure if all schools allow that
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Stacey’s Answer

In the United States, you are not allowed to work until you have taken and passed the Nursing Board Test called the NCLEX. You must be a Registered Nurse to work as a nurse. Once you graduate from Nursing school you are called a Graduate Nurse (GN). Some facilities will allow a GN to start working and training with strict limitations until you become a RN. Typically they give you a timeline to take and pass the NCLEX. If you do not pass the boards then they will either extend your deadline or terminate you.

Just because you graduate nursing school does not mean you are a 'nurse' in a true sense and cannot work as a Nurse in any facility as Nurse. There are different types of Nursing programs: Licensed Practical Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Associate Degree Nurse, Bachelor Degree Nurse, and then the advanced programs-Masters and Doctorate and PhD Nursing programs. Most hospitals now require a minimum of BSN to work in their facility now.
Hope this helps!
Stacey, FNP-C, NRCME, MSN, DNP Student
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Lisa’s Answer

Hi Esmeralda,

Great question. The answer is YES, you can!

I currently work with individuals returning to school after having a BA/BS degree in a completely different field, like Business, into a nursing programs.

The question is where you want to study (I.e., community college or university) and at what level (I.e., RN only, BSN or MSN).

Meaning, if you have a BA/BS degree, for example, there are great schools and MSN ( masters of science in nursing) programs out there that will allow you to enter a 2-3 year program (some times no waiting lists) if you complete the science and math prerequisites (like Anatomy, Chemistry and Statistics) first. Some of these schools may or may not require a entrance test (HESI/ TESI) that is based on these same prerequisites for their programs.

Also, most master’s program (entry-level programs only) will allow you to earn your RN, BSN and MSN in their 2-3 years of study. All nurses, no matter what level are considered an RN first and most complete the board exam NCLEX to be a nurse. These programs were designed with individuals like you in mind. Also, there are programs that do not require gaining work experience as an RN before pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s so do your homework.

There are some great options out there, take a look.

I hope this helps!

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Vincent’s Answer

Hello, and welcome to the field of healthcare.
Take the prerequisites and the admission exam (TEAS or HESI depending on your school of choice). You can either get an ADN at a community college or BSN at a university. Upon graduation and receiving the authorization to test, you will take the NCLEX. UH has an accelerated one-year program for people who had a previous degree. You can go to UTMB, UTHealth, TWU Houston, UT Arlington, Texas Tech, or Prairie TAMU.
Welcome again, and good luck.
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