It’s May, and you have just graduated nursing school – Congratulations!
It was a long journey filled with late night study sessions, interesting sights and smells during clinical rotations, and more care plans than you ever cared to write up. Hopefully you had some great instructors guiding you along the way and met a few amazing friends that shared this crazy journey with.
Now that you have graduated with your nursing degree it can be overwhelming to know what to do next. Below are some suggestions on how to pass the NCLEX test and find a J-O-B.
First things first, schedule a testing date. Give yourself enough time to study, but don’t put it off too long. Common test dates are 1 to 3 months post-graduation.
Some schools or employers provide NCLEX predictor tests or prep materials – use them! They are free and can help assess areas where you need improvement to pass the NCLEX.
If your school or employer doesn’t provide any prep and you are interested in taking one, look at some of the popular utilized programs – stay tuned for the next blog where we compare three for you!
New graduate nursing jobs are hard to come by, so make sure you are prepared.
Have your resume polished and ready to go. Most schools have resume resources and will go over and edit your resume with you. Don’t wait to apply until you’ve passed the NCLEX. Even if you haven’t taken or proven you can pass the NCLEX yet, some places will hire new graduates before they have obtained their license.
Know application dates. To deal with the large number of new graduate applicants, companies and hospitals typically have a small period of time (3 to 4 days) that they accept new graduate applications. These dates will be posted online or can be found by calling the HR department.
If you missed the hiring period and have to wait for the next round ensure that you stand out as an applicant for the next round of applications by volunteering, networking, and personally contacting managers of places or units you want to work for.
We know you’ll pass the NCLEX and land your dream job! You can do it. Picmonic can help.
Good luck new graduate, and congratulations again!
Marlee Liberman, RN, Master Nursing Scholar
As a registered nurse, Marlee understands the struggles that nursing school throws at you – not to mention the overwhelming pressure preparing for the NCLEX®! Marlee brings a unique skill set and perspective to Picmonic with her previous degree in broadcast journalism, her creativity in video production, and her wandering nomad lifestyle. Her blend of talents provides her with the knack for simplifying complicated concepts and demystifying the world of nursing.
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