Is it when you pass the NCLEX? When you graduate from nursing school? When you get that first license? Or when you start your first job? When do you become a nurse?
So technically it is when you graduate. When you pass NCLEX and get licensed – that is when you can officially PRACTICE as a nurse. But I daresay that all of us “become a nurse” somewhere along the line when we are actually in nursing school. You will know that moment when you suddenly think of how to protect, promote, and optimize the health of another and then find that you cannot stop doing it anywhere you go!