License?

  1. My Google-fu must be weak today...

    How does licensing work in the military? If a civilian moves to a new state, there is usually a process to go through to get the state to recognize their RN license. Is it the same with the military? If you are stationed in California, and then get shipped to say, Florida, are you responsible for the same process?

    Does that make sense?
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  3. by   MagRedC5
    Quote from JaxiaKiley
    My Google-fu must be weak today...

    How does licensing work in the military? If a civilian moves to a new state, there is usually a process to go through to get the state to recognize their RN license. Is it the same with the military? If you are stationed in California, and then get shipped to say, Florida, are you responsible for the same process?

    Does that make sense?
    Army Medical Centers & Army Community Hospitals, etc. are Federal hospitals. Therefore, no matter if active duty military nurse, or civilian nurse only one current state nursing license is required. My license is BNE TX and must keep current regards to CEUs, current address, and renewals. My wife is a GS nurse and they only required one current state nursing license.
  4. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from JaxiaKiley
    My Google-fu must be weak today...

    How does licensing work in the military? If a civilian moves to a new state, there is usually a process to go through to get the state to recognize their RN license. Is it the same with the military? If you are stationed in California, and then get shipped to say, Florida, are you responsible for the same process?

    Does that make sense?
    As long as you work at a military treatment facility you can use any state license. Different rules apply because it is a federal/military facility.
  5. by   navynurse06
    As wtbcrna said, You just have to have an active license in any state to work for federal/military facility.
    Same is true for working in the VA system, since it is a federal facility.
  6. by   MagRedC5
    Quote from navynurse06
    As wtbcrna said, You just have to have an active license in any state to work for federal/military facility.
    Same is true for working in the VA system, since it is a federal facility.
    LOL, I wished I'd posted same.

    ... actually, I did. :spin:
  7. by   JaxiaKiley
    Thanks

    Do different states have different requirements for maintaining a license, or are they fairly similar? It might be worth looking into!
  8. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from JaxiaKiley
    Thanks

    Do different states have different requirements for maintaining a license, or are they fairly similar? It might be worth looking into!
    Each state has different requirements for renewal/maintaining licensure. Most states require a certain amount of CEUs per renewal period a few don't, and the fees differ from state to state. Also, something to think about is having a license from a compact state, if you are going to moving around a lot and want to work prn somewhere while in the military.
  9. by   Gennaver
    Quote from JaxiaKiley
    Thanks

    Do different states have different requirements for maintaining a license, or are they fairly similar? It might be worth looking into!
    Hello JaxiaKiley,

    I have been advised by former Army RNs to make sure that I am following the renewal requirements for my state of licensure because the Army will not necessarily ensure this as would a civilian employer who would be located in the same state.

    Gen
  10. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from Gennaver
    Hello JaxiaKiley,

    I have been advised by former Army RNs to make sure that I am following the renewal requirements for my state of licensure because the Army will not necessarily ensure this as would a civilian employer who would be located in the same state.

    Gen

    The big the to remember is there will be military CE requirements and civilian requirements. In the Air Force we have to have a minimum of 60 CEs every three years, which far exceeds the Texas renewal requirements of 20 every two years.
  11. by   navynurse06
    Aggreed with wtbcrna, your 1st yr in you get so many CEUs from class you have to take that you won't have any problems maintaining your license.
    I have a TN license, which is a compact state...also I don't think TN requires CEUs for renewals. :spin:
  12. by   PRicanRN
    I know this thread is a couple of months old but I have been having a question about licensing also. I am licensed in GA and it states that I am required to inform the GA board of nursing if I relocate to another place. I will be going to Lackland AFB in august, so by doing so would that stop me from being able to renew my license in GA since some of you were saying that you can work in any military facility as long as you have an active license in any state. Or will I have to get my license changed over to texas license once its time for renewal?
  13. by   Jolie
    No. You will be able to renew and maintain your GA license no matter where you live. It is simply a licensing requirement in every state that you inform the BON of a change in address. They need to be able to reach you in a timely manner if there should ever be any issues that you need to address, such as license renewal, disciplinary action, identity theft, etc.

    As the other posters have said, you may use an active license from ANY state in the US to practice in a military or VA facility, whether stateside or overseas.

    Best of luck on your move.

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