RN license in more than one state? NCLEX in New York applicable to any state? - page 2

by Laurenslovely

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I'm in a BSN program in New York. I would like to get my RN license in California as well (where I'm from). I don't want to sound novice, but can you have a RN license in more than one state at a time? Do I have to take the NCLEX... Read More


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    Quote from Laurenslovely
    Thank you.. That's good to know (and a relief). I plan to do the same as well, I've never been to FL, but I would like to work there!
    Just be aware that the job market in Fl is very tight..especially for new grads. You may see some posts for hospitals but there is a glut of new nurses down here and many times the hospitals will post openings they have no intention of filling. I have friends that graduated from school in December of 2010 and have not been able to find a job yet. There are some openings in LTC. Also, be aware that the pay is very low and the cost of living rather high. New grads are starting at about $22.00 or so. Very experienced RNs can probably still find positons on specialty units, but it's few and far between.
    And if you are used to hearing about New York wages...think of about one half of that and you will get Florida...I just want you to be prepared. THat is what it is like in south east Fl...I really don't know what it's like in the middle of the state or the west coast.
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    Quote from diva rn
    Just be aware that the job market in Fl is very tight..especially for new grads. You may see some posts for hospitals but there is a glut of new nurses down here and many times the hospitals will post openings they have no intention of filling. I have friends that graduated from school in December of 2010 and have not been able to find a job yet. There are some openings in LTC. Also, be aware that the pay is very low and the cost of living rather high. New grads are starting at about $22.00 or so. Very experienced RNs can probably still find positons on specialty units, but it's few and far between.
    And if you are used to hearing about New York wages...think of about one half of that and you will get Florida...I just want you to be prepared. THat is what it is like in south east Fl...I really don't know what it's like in the middle of the state or the west coast.
    Thanks... It's disappointing, but reality. It's the same in California. I know RN's in my hometown (San Francisco bay area) who have gone without a job for two years after graduating!! It's really scary... :-/
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    As a new grad, I am applying to programs in both CA and NV. My license was issued by CA. If I apply for licensure by endorsement for NV and they say yes, will I be licensed to work in both states until my license expires. I don't want to transfer my license to NV and then possibly get stuck if I get into a program in CA.
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    You aren't "transferring" your license. You can have as many endorsements to work in as many States as you like (provided you meet each State's application criteria). You can choose to let an endorsement expire (in which case you'd need to reapply to gain the license to work in that State again). Or you can keep them all up. Travel nurses often have many such licenses active and ready to go


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