What’s Next After Graduation?

With all the books you have to browse through, all the things you need to do, all the stuff you need to memorize, wouldn’t it be just great to get nursing school done and over with? But hold on to your horses because you might just actually miss it at times once you’ve left school. So what’s next after graduation?

Just the stress free days of not having to worry about a pop quiz that a scary teacher might just want to give you and your classmates that day is enough to let you dream of that day when you have to leave school on graduation. However, not knowing what comes next after graduation can be a frightful experience for some. The following some of the useful things you might spend your time on as soon as you’ve recovered from all the excitement of graduation.

  • Nursing Licensure Exam

And just when you thought you’ve finally gotten free of those books, here comes the nursing licensure exam (NLE) you have to prepare yourself for. Another couple of weeks you need to get your brain reading and working yet again. This time, you need to go over the things you went through in four years – in just several weeks’ time! But don’t fret. With all those years of study, your mind will definitely be familiar with the loads of information you need to skim.

Then there’s the exam itself. It is not just a single exam, mind you. It is a series of long exams that you have to take in two consecutive days. Some countries will only require you to answer items on a computer screen that will automatically turn off when the computer recognizes that you have either answered enough correct items or if you’ve gotten enough wrong answers. Stressful isn’t it?

  • Make your curriculum vitae

Of course, this is something that most schools teach you the moment you are nearing graduation. One of your teachers is going to help you get started on your curriculum vitae (CV). This will be a vital document that you need to make sure is crisp and clean. This is what you hand over to the employer to whom you will be applying a job for soon. While waiting for the results of the NLE, or once you’ve passed it, you can work on your CV if you think that it still needs some corrections. You can consult family or friends who are already professionals, if you are not confident with what you came up with or if you think that what the school has taught you is too generic and will not stand out from the crowd.

  • Look for jobs

Given that all went by smoothly – you’ve passed the NLE and have sworn oath to your profession, it is high time to put what you’ve learned into action into the real world. The best thing about this is that you realize that the job you do, as soon as you get in, is quite fulfilling, despite the low level of pay you get.


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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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