This is one of my long time peeves. Each state has it's own fiefdom, some state BON's are truely helpful some are not. It makes no sense that we take a national test, yet each state dictates how and when you can practice, get your license etc. The fees for your license vary from state to state, it's all such a racket.
I'd love to see us go to a type of organization like the Medical Technologists have run by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. They have national Licenses for MLT's, MT's, phlebotomists, donor techs. One license good anywhere in the USA. It would cut down on costs, political fiefdom's, track stinker nurses nationally and we'd be able to move from state to state without waiting for a "local" license.
After all, nursing is the same no matter if we are in Oregon or Florida, California or New York.