"Reciprocity"??? Ya, sure - page 2

by Diahni 5,792 Views | 27 Comments

Greetings and Happy Holidays to allnurses.comers. Just a FYI on applying to another state for license "reciprocity." I don't know why it's called "reciprocal" because, as I have just discovered, you have to jump through the same... Read More


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    Quote from sirI
    All states have reciprocity. That means, once one takes and passes NCLEX, the other states recognize that exam as it is a nationalized standardized exam. Never to be taken again if you go to another state.

    The word you are looking for is endorsement. Once you are licensed in one state and you wish to go to another state to work, you must endorse to that state. You must meet their requirements for licensure. Has nothing to do with the the reciprocal NCLEX exam.
    Perhpas you can explain something to me. I took the two day state board, in New York State, in 1971. And passed, the lowest score being 776. In 1980 I moved to Florida. And I received my Florida license after submitting my state board scores. I held an active license until 1990, when I allowed it to laspe, as I was recoverying from severe injures suffered in January 1989. I reactivated my Florida license in 1996 and took the necessary CEUs. In 2000 I moved back to New York and allowed my Florida license to laspe. In 2003 I came back to Florida. And inquired about reactivating my license. I was told I would have to resubmit my New York State board scores, pay $204, undergo a criminal background check, and wait. I was also told that my Florida license had been revoked because I had allowed it to laspe. Nice play on words. It sounds like I did something wrong and my license was revoked by the BON, which it was not.

    Tell me, why do I have to resubmit my old state board scores, which should be part of my file in Jacksonville? Why can't I just reactivate my Florida license? I have an idea of why. If I just reactivate my license, Florida makes a great deal less money by just reactivating my license. And here in Florida, someone has to pay for everything, I guess it is my turn.

    Woody
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    Quote from Kyrshamarks
    Thats why it is important to contact your state legislature and demand that they join the nurse compact . That way your license would be good kinthose states without jumping through all the hoops again.
    (More) Oh my, am I ever getting an education about this subject - It looks like 22 states are on board with the nursing license compact. I am disappointed that neither NY or Massachusetts are included. Are there any allnurses.com members who have been active in passing legislation in their states? Well, looks like I'm going to be writing some letters to my favorite senators. If anybody is currently active in this, please pm me.
    I wonder what else I could be doing to make sure Massachusetts in particular gets with the program. We're such a mobile society, it makes no sense to put nurses through such bureaucratic hassles just to work in a different state. Though obtaining a state license is not the same thing as passing the NCLEX, a national exam ought to qualify a person to be nationally employable.
    Diahni
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    Woody,
    Tell me about it! My take on all this license bureaucracy stuff is that it gives somebody something to do if they have a job pushing papers for the state. It seems far too complicated and expensive all around, wouldn't ya say? Though I realize we all need a government, I guess, I think the entire system gives itself a reason for existence. If you need to do all this running around to keep your license in good standing, well, somebody's gotta do it. Drives me up the wall. Look at all the people involved in the health insurance. Now, exactly what do they do besides drive the cost of health care up? But I have to stop ranting, it's the holidays! Have a good vacation! I guess the silver lining here is this: doesn't it feel good to do something real for a living? I can't imagine anything more depressing that sitting at a desk all day pushing papers.
    Diahni.
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    there are no national nursing license for the same reason we do not have a national driving license: licensure is a states right, not federal.
    it is up to each state to determine license standards within its boarders.

    re compact license: only good if you live in one state and practice in ajoining state that is part of the compact. if you move to a differing state, will need to apply for license in that state.

    the multi-state nursing licensure compact: making nurses mobile
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    Never, never allow a license to lapse in another state even if you are sure you will never use it again. My friend allowed her Fla. license to lapse and was put through a ringer to get a new one. She laughed and said they took pride in making her life difficult while she was attempting to get her license reinstated. She told me she would sell a kidney rather than allow any of her other licenses to lapse after going through this mess. LOL. Happy Holidays to one and all.
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    How easy and uncomplicated it would be if getting a license in a different state required nothing more than filling out an application and paying a fee.
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    Quote from barefootlady
    Never, never allow a license to lapse in another state even if you are sure you will never use it again. My friend allowed her Fla. license to lapse and was put through a ringer to get a new one. She laughed and said they took pride in making her life difficult while she was attempting to get her license reinstated. She told me she would sell a kidney rather than allow any of her other licenses to lapse after going through this mess. LOL. Happy Holidays to one and all.
    The thing is, I allowed my Florida license to laspe in 1990 because I could not afford to renew it. And I was still recoverying from injures I had received in a car accident. They didn't make me resubmit my state board scores, in 1996, when I reactivated my license then. I don't see why they are making me submit my state board now, other then they want the more then $200 in fees.

    I will never allow my New York license laspe, even though I have to take my CEUs long distance.

    Woody
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    Quote from nrskarenrn
    there are no national nursing license for the same reason we do not have a national driving license: licensure is a states right, not federal.
    it is up to each state to determine license standards within its boarders.

    re compact license: only good if you live in one state and practice in ajoining state that is part of the compact. if you move to a differing state, will need to apply for license in that state.

    the multi-state nursing licensure compact: making nurses mobile
    thanks for link! though nursing and driving require state licenses, they're hardly comparable. after all, imagine being stopped and arrested in another state because your license is only good in your own state. the comparison is worth looking at, though, isn't it? after all, why can't nurses practice in another state for the same reason we can drive with our state licenses anywhere in the us. why not? because somebody is making money from it.
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    Quote from suzanne4
    To clarify a few things, the NCLEX exams only have reciprocity. Licenses do not, you must meet the requirements of the new state to be able to get a License by Endorsement there.

    If you notice, you will not see an application for reciprocity, that no longer exists and stopped existing when each state did away with their own licensing exam and went to using the NCLEX exam. The recprocity meant that the exam passing could be used by certain states, and again it was not all states, it depended on your numerical score.

    To endorse to most states, you will still need to have your school of nursing send transcripts to the new state; most still want to see those.

    And be aware that not all of these new programs that are out there and are not the norm are accepted in all states.

    In most cases to endorse, you just need to submit the application and payment and have your old statre send in verification that you have passed.

    In answer to one of the other posters at the top of this thread, even if more states go under the Compact License Pact, that fails to exist when the nurse moves her legal residence, only the actual license for that one state remains valid until you go thru the licensing process for the new state.
    Hello suzanne,

    I have been reading some of your international forums about reciprocity and you seem really knowledgeable about it. I am not inquiring about internationally however. I am in the US and have a valid SS #and I am registered to NY. I want to be able to keep my NY registration and also have one in NJ. Is that what you call reciprocity? What are the steps I have to take to have my license registered to both states? Does it really take 6-8 weeks for them to say everything is completed? Where do I get the form from? Can I just print it off?
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    Quote from nursegia
    Hello suzanne,

    I have been reading some of your international forums about reciprocity and you seem really knowledgeable about it. I am not inquiring about internationally however. I am in the US and have a valid SS #and I am registered to NY. I want to be able to keep my NY registration and also have one in NJ. Is that what you call reciprocity? What are the steps I have to take to have my license registered to both states? Does it really take 6-8 weeks for them to say everything is completed? Where do I get the form from? Can I just print it off?
    You endorse your license and follow requirements and can take a few weeks. All information will be on BON site. May take a bit longer if an International nurse depending on requirements


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