State "compact" arrangements

  1. I'm in quite of a dilemma because I freak out usually when I hear "this" or "that"....which I know I shouldn't, but can't help it. Anyways, I'm an out of state nursing student....live in NC goto school in SC. Why? Well when I first started out I planned on living and working in SC because of the town and facilities. Now I have change of heart and I plan on moving to GA once I graduate and take my NCLEX. I've asked my dean of nursing, and went on down the ladder, emails to the board have gone unanswered. All my dean has told me was that SC is under a "compact" arrangement with certain states. I just want to know if I'll be able to work in GA when I graduate. I can't find any information on the SC board of nursing site. I've heard of endorsements but not sure what that means, and if it will work in my case. Is it possible to take the NCLEX in the state you plan on working in? I'm sure it's not that easy to do since your training was in a different state. I just am freaking out now because I've spent so much time and money into this school and don't even want to think about transferring. Thanks in advance!!!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    Is it possible to take the NCLEX in the state you plan on working in?

    YES!

    Just make sure your school knows state you want graduation info sent to and apply for initial licensure in that state.
  4. by   SteveNNP
    If you're planning on working and living in GA, just apply to the GA BON. With the Nursing Compact, you can practice across state lines, but really need to apply for a license in GA if you'll be living there.
  5. by   sirI
    Quote from srg4784
    i'm in quite of a dilemma because i freak out usually when i hear "this" or "that"....which i know i shouldn't, but can't help it. anyways, i'm an out of state nursing student....live in nc goto school in sc. why? well when i first started out i planned on living and working in sc because of the town and facilities. now i have change of heart and i plan on moving to ga once i graduate and take my nclex. i've asked my dean of nursing, and went on down the ladder, emails to the board have gone unanswered. all my dean has told me was that sc is under a "compact" arrangement with certain states. i just want to know if i'll be able to work in ga when i graduate. i can't find any information on the sc board of nursing site. i've heard of endorsements but not sure what that means, and if it will work in my case. is it possible to take the nclex in the state you plan on working in? i'm sure it's not that easy to do since your training was in a different state. i just am freaking out now because i've spent so much time and money into this school and don't even want to think about transferring. thanks in advance!!!
    hello, srg4784,

    don't panic.

    as nrskarenrn stated, yes, you can sit for nclex in a state different from the one where you received your education. nclex is the national standard examination post education in every state.

    here is a link to the sc bon regarding endorsement and licensure:

    http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursi...ndorsement.htm

    and, a link to the sc bon regarding compact states:

    http://www.llr.state.sc.us/aboutus/m...rsecompact.htm

    here are links with similar information from ga bon:

    2)i am licensed in another state and will be moving to georgia. can i transfer my license? how long will it take to get a license? how much does it cost?

    if you have graduated from a nursing education program, taken and passed the national licensing examination (nclex) and are currently licensed in another u.s. state or territory, you may apply for a licensure by endorsement. the application fee is $60.00.
    http://www.sos.state.ga.us/plb/faqs/38%20faqs.htm

    http://www.sos.state.ga.us/plb/


    good luck on the nclex and your nursing career!!
  6. by   srg4784
    Yayyyy, thank you all. I feel much better, I really was freaking out!!!
  7. by   Daytonite
    No, don't feel that way. Many years ago the various state boards of nursing had to figure out a way to deal with this business of nursing moving across state lines quickly when traveling nurses became very popular. At one time, every state had it's own version of a state board exam. Now, there is NCLEX which is a standardized test taken in every state.

    Just so you know for the future, it's usually very hard to get written responses on general questions from any of the state boards because they are so backed up with all kinds of other work. It is always better to go to their websites. I find a lot of information on the site themselves or in the application ,or instructions for the application, to take the NCLEX on their sites. Some sites are a little hard to navigate and the information is buried, but it's there if you know what to search for.

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