Quote from janelf
Hi, I really underdstand that NCLEX (USA) and CRNE (CANADA) are both different things. I guess why most of us foreign educated nurses think that there's a reciprocity between these two regulatory board is the countries (USA-CANADA) close ties. But I know though USA and CANADA are pretty much close to each other, interms of trade, land procimity, financial and busniess apects, etc. the nursing regulatory board for each country are not run by the government. These are self governing. So it's the same, that if your licensed here it doesn't mean that you can work as a nurse in US. You still have to take the NCLEX.
I have a question, In the US, they have reciprocity within their state. What I mean to say is that, if you are licensed in New York you could apply for reciprocity and could work in California, am I right?
Does canada have this too? I mean, what if you are licensed in the province of BC, can you apply for reciprocity and work in Ontario or Alberta?
Thank you. Please correct me if I am wrong, I would appreciate it.
In the US, we actually do not have reciprocity with licenses. This is incorrect information that we see mention of all of the time. Only the NCLEX exam has reciprocity and that means that the results are valid in all 50 states as well as US territories.
You would be applying for licensure in the new state and would have to meet their licensing requirements. Just because one has been given permission to sit for the NCLEX for one state does not mean that their educational program will meet the requirements for all of the other states. Even programs in the US do not meet the licensing requirements for all of the states.
And for Canada, the same holds true. You would be endorsing your license to the other province, there is no reciprocity step that you go thru.
If an American wishes to work in Canada, then they need to apply for licensure, have their evaluation completed and then write the CRNE exam. No credit for the NCLEX exam is given. Same thing for the Canadian that wishes to work in the US, they have to meet the requirements for licensure and write the NCLEX exam.
States do not have reciprocity, so why do you think that countries would?