Help... Going out of state to nursing school

  1. happy new year all!

    i am hoping that some of you can help me with this. i am currently a pre-nursing student in california. i am thinking about applying to nursing school in hawaii. hawaii pacific university to be exact. i am wondering, once i am finished, if i decide to come to ca to practice, do any of you know how difficult it would be in taking my license back here to ca? i have tried to email the board of nursing about this situation but unfortuantely have had no luck.

    any suggestions?
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   queendivaangie
    Hi
    I am from Ohio, went to nursing school in Indiana. Then after graduation moved back to Ohio. When I applied for NCLEX I chose Ohio as my state for to obtain a license, Never did have an Indiana license. It should be similar between California and Hawaii. Best of luck to you as you pursue your degree.
  4. by   MajorAl
    As long as the school is accredited, should not be a problem. Most states don't care where you went to school, just how well you do on the boards.
  5. by   striving2banurse
    thank you so much for your help guys! :spin:

    its been so hard for me to make my decision because of that. ha! thanks again. hawaii here i come!

  6. by   suzanne4
    You won't be taking a license back to CA, you will need to apply to CA for a license to practice in that state. You will be graduating from a program in Hawaii, but that does not give you a license automatically in Hawaii either. You will need to take and pass the NCLEX exam, and you can take it for what ever state that you wish, that is your choice. If you want to move later on, they you just apply for endorsement to the new state.

    That simple............Best of luck to you in your studies.
  7. by   ICRN2008
    You might want to investigate whether the number of clinical hours you will be completing in the program in Hawaii will be adequate for a California license. We were told in school that the number of hours required varies by state.

    Also, find out about any specific educational requirements in California, because some states have them. For example, one of my classmates told us that Florida requires a specific number of hours of HIV nursing education in order to obtain a license in that state. She completed this requirement by taking a specialty course as part of our program, but she wouldn't have known if she didn't investigate with the Florida BON early on.

    Good luck with nursing school
  8. by   rpric7990
    Many states have reciprocal licenses. I had a Maryland license when I moved and started practice in New Mexico. I could work without a NM license as long as my Maryland License was current, I received the NM license before Maryland expired. My school was in New York.
  9. by   suzanne4
    Quote from rpric7990
    Many states have reciprocal licenses. I had a Maryland license when I moved and started practice in New Mexico. I could work without a NM license as long as my Maryland License was current, I received the NM license before Maryland expired. My school was in New York.

    Sorry, but what you are speaking of is the Compact License, it is not a reciprocal license. And please take a close look at your license, since you have left your state where your initial license was issued (Maryland), the compact part of it is no longer valid. It states that you need to notify the BON of Maryland when you move out of state. It was actually not valid for you to work in NM once you actually left Maryland.

    But you now have a NM license so all is good.
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    Many states may require an additional course such as in HIV training, or infectious disease, these can be done on-line and for just an hour or two.
    Not an issue at all when going to school in another state, this is done all of the time.
  10. by   rpric7990
    so since my intention was to stay in NM, though I didn't have residency yet, you are saying my Maryland license wasn't valid for those months I worked while waiting for NM license to come thru. At the same time a traveling nurse with a compact state can work on her California license as long as she still has a residence in California? some of my co-workers have maintained more that one state's license- across the country. It is a thought there.

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