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I took the refresher course voluntarily. Don't know about transferring to a compact state, although I'm thinking that if I have a valid license, it ought to be good in the other states.
Not necessarily. I have an active license in good standing in IL, but when I moved to NE I found that I was ineligible for endorsement. NE requires 500 hours of continuing practice in the preceeding 5 years, which I didn't have. So I am ineligible for licensure until I re-take NCLEX or complete a board-approved refresher.
Retaking NCLEX would probably be useless, as I would still be lacking current practice, and thus would not be attractive to employers. The board-approved refresher will cost approximately $1500 and involve roughly 3 months of full-time study and clinical work.
At this time, I am interviewing for a position in the business world which will allow me to set my own schedule, work from home, and pay roughly 75% of a nursing salary. If I'm not offered the job, I'll consider the refresher course.