Compact States

  1. I am thinking of possibly gettingan RN license in a compact state. Do you have to reside in that state to declare it as your "home" state. According to what I have read, declaring a compact state your "home" state you could tehn practice in the other states on the compact list. I will include the list below.

    Anyone care to post what are the advantages and disadvantages in changing where your home state is? Thank you.

    STATE BILL # STATUS DATE OF LAST ACTION IMPLEMENTATION DATE BILL TEXT
    Arizona S 1321 Signed by Governor 4/12/2001 7/1/2002 click
    Arkansas S 28 Signed by Governor 2/24/1999 7/1/2000 click
    Delaware HB439 Signed by Governor 6/23/2000 7/1/2000 click
    Idaho HB4 Signed by Governor 3/22/2001 7/1/2001 click
    Iowa HF 2105 Signed by Governor 3/16/2000 7/1/2000 click
    Maine LD 2558 Permission to implement Compact by rule 8/11/2000 7/1/2001 click
    Maryland S 590 Signed by Governor 4/27/1999 7/1/1999 click
    Mississippi H 535 Signed by Governor 4/22/2000 7/1/2001 click
    Nebraska L 523 Signed by Governor 2/15/2000 1/1/2001 click
    New Jersey A3302 Signed by Governor 1/10/02 TBD click
    North Carolina S 194 Signed by Governor 7/2/1999 7/1/2000 click
    North Dakota SB 2115 Permission to implement Compact by Rule. Signed by Governor 8/1/2001 * click
    South Dakota H 1045 Signed by Governor 2/16/2000 1/1/2001 click
    Texas H 1342 Signed by Governor 6/19/1999 1/1/2000 click
    Utah S 146 Signed by Governor 3/14/1998 1/1/2000 click
    Wisconsin A 305 Signed by Governor 12/17/1999 1/1/2000 click



    * Anticipate rule promulgation in 2003-2004.

    For more information about individual state practice acts and primary state of residence requirements


    B.
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   P_RN
    Did it say anywhere in YOUR state that you need to be a resident to be licensed there? Do they charge for sending reciprocation to the compact state?

    I'd think as long as you are able to pay the registration fee you should be able to register anywhere you wish.
  4. by   Reabock
    Call me dense, but what, pray tell, is a compact state?
  5. by   P_RN
    Several US states banded together so that if you are licensed in one of the group you are licensed in all states in the group.

    Not all states are in the compact so you have to hold a license in each one individually.
  6. by   texastwin
    You MUST reside in one of the states listed as a compact state to be able to practice in any of the compact states. I was originally licensed in NC then moved to TX where my TX license superceded my NC license. Now, I have moved back to NC where my NC license supercedes my TX license. Check one of the compact state board of nursing websites as they can be very helpful. Why don't they just make it easier on everyone and have a national license??!!
  7. by   nightingale
    So.... if you reside in one of the compact states and are licensed, you can practice in the other states in the compact (see list). Do you then have to pay for the other state licenses?
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    Background information about the RN and LPN/VN Nurse Licensure Compact
    http://www.ncsbn.org/public/nurselic...ecognition.htm

    Nurse Licensure Compact:
    http://www.ncsbn.org/public/nurselic...tion_nurse.htm

    Rules:
    http://www.ncsbn.org/public/nurselic...tion_rules.htm

    FAQ/Common questions about the Nurse Licensure Compact:

    http://www.ncsbn.org/public/nurselic...nition_faq.htm

    State Compact Bill Status:
    http://www.ncsbn.org/public/nurselic...tion_state.htm
  9. by   nightingale
    Heh... this sums it up from the second website listed:

    ARTICLE III
    General Provisions and Jurisdiction


    A license to practice registered nursing issued by a home state to a resident in that state will be recognized by each party state as authorizing a multistate licensure privilege to practice as a registered nurse in such party state. A license to practice licensed practical/vocational nursing issued by a home state to a resident in that state will be recognized by each party state as authorizing a multistate licensure privilege to practice as a licensed practical/vocational nurse in such party state. In order to obtain or retain a license, an applicant must meet the home state's qualifications for licensure and license renewal as well as all other applicable state laws.

    The early bird catches the worm eh Karen? lol Thank you for the info....

    B.
  10. by   Asher RN
    Quote from nightngale1998
    So.... if you reside in one of the compact states and are licensed, you can practice in the other states in the compact (see list). Do you then have to pay for the other state licenses?
    I have been a travel Rn for 12 years and the compact is one of the greatest things that has come along in a long time. Here is how it works, at least for me. I am currently living in NC and can work in all the compact states without getting a license in each state as long as your term of employment is less than one year, after that they consider you a resident of that state. If you hold a license in more than one compact state, the state that is not your state of residency will not allow you to renew your license, happened to me with Virginia and Maryland. So Keep your nose clean in your home state and your initial state of licensure and all will be fine. Hope this helps. Asher RN
  11. by   loni44
    Asher RN
    Hi this is loni44 I am in a BSN program now, and I am doing a paper on multistate licensure and i would like to use your statement on this may I have your permission to use it?
    Thank You
    Loni
  12. by   ColdFusion
    Your list is not complete, Tennessee isn't on there and it's in the Compact.
  13. by   suzanne4
    Quote from ColdFusion
    Your list is not complete, Tennessee isn't on there and it's in the Compact.
    Several states are not listed there. If you notice, the date that post was made was back in 2002.:wink2:
  14. by   kukukajoo
    Last Updated: [ January 4, 2006]

    Nurse Licensure Compact States
    Arizona 7/1/2002
    Arkansas 7/1/2000
    Delaware 7/1/2000

    Idaho 7/1/2001

    Iowa 7/1/2000

    Maine 7/1/2001

    Maryland 7/1/1999

    Mississippi 7/1/2001

    Nebraska 1/1/2001

    New Hampshire 1/1/2006

    New Mexico 1/1/2004

    North Carolina 7/1/2000

    North Dakota 1/1/2004

    South Dakota 1/1/2001

    Tennessee 7/1/2003

    Texas 1/1/2000

    Utah 1/1/2000
    Virginia 1/1/2005
    Wisconsin 1/1/2000


    Pending in two other states NJ is one of them
    From http://www.ncsbn.org/
    Last edit by kukukajoo on Jan 8, '06

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