what states can you NOT work as an ADN nurse?

  1. im worried that i wont be able to work in california as an ADN nurse.
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  3. by   TazziRN
    Most nurses in CA are ADNs!!!!
  4. by   youngEd
    Quote from TazziRN
    Most nurses in CA are ADNs!!!!


    my bad :trout: i got trouted.


    ok now i feel better. but are there any states where you cant do that?


    and can you sign up for any online program that offers a bachelors after that (of course it must be accredited).
  5. by   ZASHAGALKA
    There is no such State. In every State, ADN = RN.

    North Dakota tried it and ultimately repealed it as unworkable.

    And, yes, there are plenty of quality online ADN-BSN programs.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  6. by   youngEd
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    There is no such State. In every State, ADN = RN.

    North Dakota tried it and ultimately repealed it as unworkable.

    And, yes, there are plenty of quality online ADN-BSN programs.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    if you graduate with an ADN, and then want to move to another state, is there a state exam you must pass or are you covered under the national exam?
  7. by   TazziRN
    You are covered with the national exam, you just have to apply for a license in that state.
  8. by   youngEd
    Quote from TazziRN
    You are covered with the national exam, you just have to apply for a license in that state.
    ok, so you move to another state.

    assuming you land a job immediately, would your pay be cut until you get the state license?

    do you have to wait to get your residency in the state before you can get your license?
  9. by   RNsRWe
    youngEd, I think you're getting confused as to what an ADN RN actually is. Whether an RN receives an education in a diploma school, an associates program, or a bachelor's program, they ALL sit for the exact same NCLEX-RN exam. An RN=RN, in every State of the Union.
  10. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from youngEd
    ok, so you move to another state.

    assuming you land a job immediately, would your pay be cut until you get the state license?

    do you have to wait to get your residency in the state before you can get your license?
    It's not a matter of a pay cut. You cannot work legally as an RN unless you are licensed by the State in which you practice. It's my understanding that it's a matter of paperwork, and not a big deal, to get what's called an "endorsement" to your original license so you can practice in whatever state to which you are applying. You don't actually receive multiple licenses, just endorsements for the new states.
  11. by   youngEd
    Quote from RNsRWe
    It's not a matter of a pay cut. You cannot work legally as an RN unless you are licensed by the State in which you practice. It's my understanding that it's a matter of paperwork, and not a big deal, to get what's called an "endorsement" to your original license so you can practice in whatever state to which you are applying. You don't actually receive multiple licenses, just endorsements for the new states.
    oooooooh, i see.

    interesting.
  12. by   morte
    and you dont have to live in the state to apply, just contact the licensing entity in the state you are interested in....good luck

    at least one state has temporary status....not sure if that is quicker...since i didnt pursue it on my own, the agency i worked for did it for me.....just another thought thrown out there!
    Last edit by morte on Jan 8, '07

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