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Get a Nursing License in Another State

Get a Nursing License in Another State

Shelly Field | Monster Contributing Writer

Moving is a way of life for many people today. For nurses, whether crisscrossing the country or just moving over state lines, obtaining licensure in the new state is usually essential.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) administers a program called the mutual recognition model. This interstate compact allows nurses licensed in a state that is part of the program to practice in other states within the program and have their current licenses be recognized. There are, of course, rules and regulations that must be adhered to depending on the specific state.

The problem with this particular plan is that currently only 23 states, including Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia, have entered into the nurses’ licensure compact.

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More states are expected to pass legislation for the compact shortly. This will make it much easier for nurses to practice across state borders. If you are interested in finding out if and when your state might take part in the program, contact your local state board of nursing.

Researching License Requirements

If you don’t live in one of the states covered by the new compact, don’t despair. It might take some time to research another state’s nursing license requirements, and perhaps some additional classes or tests to get licensed, but it will be worth it.

Let’s say you fulfilled your lifelong dream of becoming a registered nurse. You’re living and working in Manhattan at a great teaching hospital. But after a long winter, you decide you love your job, but you really don’t like the cold weather, ice and snow. Florida starts to look very good. What’s better, you checked out the job situation, and you’ll have no trouble finding employment.

Your state nursing license is from New York, but you want to work in Florida. What do you have to do?

Generally, to obtain licensure in another state, nurses must meet the requirements of the specific state in which they are interested in working and then obtain another license from that state. There are a number of ways to go about this.

• Check with the specific state board of nursing. Your current state board of nursing can usually give you the contact information for other state boards.

• Obtain information from your potential employer. With the current nursing shortage, many employers are happy to provide new employees with assistance on how to get licensed.

• Do research on the Internet. Search for information on specific state licensing requirements, license periods, fees, continuing-education requirements, etc.

In the end, you’ll have a nursing license to do what you love in another state.

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    himarajesh77

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    Now i have an active rn lice in newyork, i want to transfer to pa now.Ihad a temporary rnpa licence before.so what is the procedure to get a pa licence

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    ashley1117

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    i currently have my cna license in indiana i have had them for 4 years now i want to get a job in louisville but do not have my kentucky license does anyone know how i can get my kentucky license and keep my indiana license at the same time please help thank you

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    Miah

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    I currently reside in NC but being a military dependent will be moving to Georgia. Can I work with my NC nursing license in Georgia?

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    csalt

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I just arrive here last October 2011. I am currently waiting for my California license which is still under process because of my newly issued SSN. I am living right now in Illinois. I am planning to transfer my license here in Illinois. However, as what i have read in the Illinois BON website, I must have a 2 year working experience first in California. Is there any other way that I could transfer my license here in Illinois without having to work in Cal;ifornia?

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    ccolburn

    over 2 years ago

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    I would @ least love to find out where & how to get a GA License so that I could use it for Emergency-Red Cross, help for the Hurricanes, when they recruit for Nurses. They should give Us Nurses some kind of discounts when doing say a "Tri-States" Or "Multi-States" Licensures so that Nurses can come to the Red Cross Aid and we all can do a certain amt of time out in the field and then come back to our jobs and not have the same Nurses go out time after time. I also believe the Nurse should be compensated for that work in some way.

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    daughter

    almost 3 years ago

    6 comments

    I have 14years of Ambulatory Dialysis experience and I want to transfer to South Carolina, the Columbia area.
    What are the chances of finding a good facility that values its staff and patients safety. I have also taught CAPD.

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    daughter

    almost 3 years ago

    6 comments

    how do i transfer my license to south carolina?

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    daughter

    almost 3 years ago

    6 comments

    I live in Indiana and want to transfer to South Carolina, I am an RN. Want to move ASAP!

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    Zullyrnm

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    How do I tranfer my RN lincese from PR to Florida? Im planning to move in January 2013

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    KAYLW

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a registered nurse from the caribbean who recently migrated to New York, in the event that I want to practice nursing here, how do I transfer my license?

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    Onyi31

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    i live in chicago illinois but i want to know how to transfer my illinois license to a florida LPN license

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    yomaine

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I have excellent opportunities for any Rn with 2 years experience in hospitals that want to travel for 13 week assignments. Top pay and benefits! Please e-mail me and I can get you started as soon as possible!
    yperez@strategicnurse.com.

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    Angelatorres

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    hi mi name is angela im a rn nurse from P.R, moved to Florida in 2oo4 because my son need help, now that i know what he has and his stable i whanto to moved to Virginia with my sister and try to get everything done i need help can some one give me any advise, thanks

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    holyrolypoly

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    does anyone know what states accept indiana nursing license?

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    Luly1961

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a RN (BSN) from Puerto Rico but I will like to move to Massachusette

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