Hi! I am a Filipino Nurse who recently passed the NCLEX -RN in the state of New Mexico. I dont have any hospital experience yet, and I'm planning on moving to Texas, what should I do coz my agency said the the New Mexico License is a multistate license due to the fact thats its included in the Compact state. Do i still need to acquire a license in Texas? or i can use my New Mexico license in applying when in Texas? Help!
if you have met/established residency in the state of new mexico your license should grant you multi-state privileges. as long as you maintain residency within the state of new mexico your license should continue to grant multi-state privileges which would allow you to work in any of the other compact states on your new mexico license. an important point to remember is this: it is your
responsibility to ensure that your license does in fact grant you multi-state privileges, not your agency. if you are unsure you can verify your licensure status online via the new mexico board of nursing license/certificate lookup
if/when you change your residency status what happens depends upon where you relocate and with the timing in applying for licensure in your new state.
if you relocate to a non compact state, or a compact state without applying for licensure in the new state, then your original license loses its multi state privileges and becomes a single state license good only in the state in which it was issued.
if you relocate to another compact state and apply for licensure by endorsement with your new state's board of nursing you will be allowed to work for 30 days on your old states license. when you are issued your new license the board of nursing in your new state will notify the board of nursing in your previous state that you have been issued another license with multi-state privileges and that time your old license will be voided.
if you do relocate to another compact state and apply for licensure by endorsement in your new state you do not need to notify the previous state's board of nursing of an address change. the board of nursing in your new state will do so as part of the licensure application /verification process. more importantly, if you do so this will cause your license to be changed to a single state license only, and you will not be allowed to use this license in your new state.
Last edit by chare on Jun 1, '11