Quote from Curious_53
I think I know what it means, but I can only think of how to put it in an example :P
If I take the NCLEX in NH then the license is also good for practice in ME, VT, and MA - thus it is a compact state
but in CA (apparently, i don't know this first hand) the NCLEX there is only good for CA and no other states.
Hope this helps!
Compact licensure has nothing to do with the NCLEX -- you take the NCLEX once, regardless, and your results are recognized by any/every state (except, possibly, as caliotter noted, if you let your license lapse for an extended period of time, a state might insist you retake the exam before issuing a new license). The NLC (Nurse Licensure Compact) has to do with licensure
. States that have chosen to join the compact have agreed to recognized each other's nursing licenses for purposes of working
in the state. However, a license with "compact privileges" is only good as long as you maintain your permanent residence in your original state (the state in which you're licensed). If you move
to another state, then you have to apply for licensure in the new state, even if it's another compact state.
The easiest way to understand the NLC is that it works the same as our driver's licenses. You can use your "home" driver's license to drive all over the US for as long as you want, but, if you move to another state, you have 30 or 45 days (or whatever the state law says) to apply for a new license in your new state. You can't just drive indefinitely on your "old" state's license. The only reason we don't have to stop at each state line and apply for a new driver's license when we're on vacation is because, long ago, all 50 states got together and signed a compact
agreeing to recognize each other's driver's licenses. The NLC works exactly the same way, except that not all 50 states have chosen to sign on.