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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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    hallikat

    about 3 years ago

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    active RN lisence in massachusetts....have relocated to Ohio, and would like an Ohio license. How do I proceed?

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    kdphillips82

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    My sister currently has her license in Texas, but she would like to move back to Oregon or Washington state. How would she go about transferring her license to one of these states?

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    sstoyke

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I would like to transfer my Maryland State License of an L.P.N to Vermont. I am relocating. Any information would be very kindly taken.

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    Angelicagibson0710

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    am moving to nevada i have an LPN license in ohio ddoes it transfer over and if not what do have to do to transfer it?

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    Jenirose

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I have a RN license in Oklahoma and will be moving to Ohio....I have accepted a job offer, but was wondering how long my Oklahoma license is good for in Ohio. Then what do I need to do to change from Oklahoma to Ohio? Thank you.

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    nanabiddy7

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I have a Indiana Lpn nursing license and i have moved to Florida. I need to know how to change my nursing license from Indiana to Florida.

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    sandile

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I am licensed as an R.N. in California and I have moved to Phila, Pa. how would I get licensed in Pa.?

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    ishtikha

    almost 4 years ago

    26 comments

    I am an LPN in Indiana..I am moving to Delaware..how do i get a license for Delaware?

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    sarota

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I have my RN license from Puerto Rico and moved to NJ how do I change it?

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    juana65

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    I have an RN license from NJ. I will be living part of the year in Puerto Rico and woudl like to get my license from there.

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    juana65

    about 4 years ago

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    I am a registered nurse. I have a residense in Puerto Rico and plan on spending a few months of the eyear there. Would like information on obtaining my nursing license there. Juanita.

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    mrscookrn

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I am considering moving to Florida, and I currently have an active Utah Registered Nurse License. What are the steps in transferring my license over to a Florida one?

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    tlopez761

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I will be moving to Indiana from California :) How do I do the research on getting my licensing transfered? Thank You Teresa

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    Rhino

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    How do I transfer from CA RN state license to New York??

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    lionlamb

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    how do i transfer rn new york state license to virginia

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