Forgive me if this is a stupid question. I'm just curious because I heard other states require you to carry your RN license with you. I passed the NCLEX in NY, and I received the large license in the mail and a registration paper (not pocket size). Am I also supposed to get a pocket size one? Or carry around the large registration?
I haven't heard of having to carry a physical copy of your license, in my state such a thing isn't even available. Usually a nursing license isn't so much a physical thing as it is a number and a history associated with that license (renewals, duration licensed, action against license, etc)
Where I am, they send a large paper license and on the side there's a small wallet sized license to carry that you tear off.
I've always had to have it with me down here. When I was in Missouri, they actually sent me a hard plastic wallet sized license. It was pretty cool.
I don't think it's realistic to carry around the large one. I would *assume* that if they don't offer you a wallet size one, they don't expect you to carry it.
You could always just bring it in for your organization to make a copy for your file and then take it back home.
I have three licenses and only have a card for one of them. It is my understanding that many states are forgoing the cards. I have not had to present a copy for any jobs either. Gave them my numbers and they verified either through the BON or Nursys.com
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