States that provide hard license for nurses

  1. Hi there! Just a quick question... I'm a nurse here in the phils. and I'm just curious - what are the advantages of applying for licensure in a state that provides you with a hard license, once you've submitted all the requirements and passed NCLEX? Also, if I was issued a hard license will I be able to apply for reciprocity(?) in another state (immediately) or do i still have to fulfill some requirements (say a SSN)?

    Will greatly appreciate your thoughts on this. Thank you very much in advance.
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    It is easier to endorse if you have a hard license unlike states that will not issue you with a hard license ie CA. Reciprocity is only for the NCLEX exam you endorse your license between states. I have a hard license for AZ and my NY has just expired, I am not sure for AZ whether I will be able to renew without SSN but thin I have another 6 months and then will find out
  4. by   RGN1
    Vermont & New Mexico have (or had at any rate) "hard" licenses. You can renew as a foreign nurse if you're still out of the States & don't have your SSN. Both have special forms for that purpose that you can print from their websirtes.

    I'm sure there'll be others like that too.
  5. by   chicken11
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    It is easier to endorse if you have a hard license unlike states that will not issue you with a hard license ie CA. Reciprocity is only for the NCLEX exam you endorse your license between states. I have a hard license for AZ and my NY has just expired, I am not sure for AZ whether I will be able to renew without SSN but thin I have another 6 months and then will find out

    thanks for the reply. so let's just say (i said let's just say ok, i know it's not over) retrogression is over... will it be easier for me to get hired if i do have a hard license. say, i have a AZ license and i want to work in NJ, do i just have to endorse or am i required to work at AZ first, before i can endorse my license in another state?
  6. by   Nuieve
    I got one from Oregon
  7. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from chicken11
    thanks for the reply. so let's just say (i said let's just say ok, i know it's not over) retrogression is over... will it be easier for me to get hired if i do have a hard license. say, i have a AZ license and i want to work in NJ, do i just have to endorse or am i required to work at AZ first, before i can endorse my license in another state?
    You do not have to work in the state you received your license but you need to meet the new state's foreign nurse requirements before they will issue a license and you can work. My initial license was NY and I endorsed to AZ with no problems and have not yet worked in the US
  8. by   chicken11
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    You do not have to work in the state you received your license but you need to meet the new state's foreign nurse requirements before they will issue a license and you can work. My initial license was NY and I endorsed to AZ with no problems and have not yet worked in the US
    good to know! thank you very much for the info.
  9. by   chicken11
    Quote from Nuieve
    I got one from Oregon
    hi there! are you saying that Oregon will also issue you a hard license, even w/o SSN? thanks
  10. by   Nuieve
    Quote from chicken11
    hi there! are you saying that Oregon will also issue you a hard license, even w/o SSN? thanks
    yep...

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