I am posting this on behalf of my fiance so please bear with me. She just graduated from nursing school in TX but has recently moved with me to Louisiana. She is still a TX resident for all intensive purposes (will start the process of obtaining LA residency soon) and is in the process of taking the NCLEX in TX. She is at the point of just waiting for authorization to test from Pearson.
In the mean time, she has interviewed with several places here in LA for jobs and has already been turned down by 1 because they need someone who can start working now and not have to wait for a license. As I understand, at least in TX, she would be eligible to start working now under a temporary license as long as she's registered to test. That is not the case across state lines.
Does anyone have any information on the best way to go about ultimately getting her LA license in the mean time? She found her dream job but we're both worried sick that they will tell her no due to not being a LA nurse yet and still waiting on TX.
Jan 4, '13
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Also, I can't speak for LA or TX's BON so you should verify this with them...but in many states, the BON determines residency by where her primary residence is. If she's living primarily in LA, it doesn't matter if her DL, paramedic, car loan, etc. is still attached to TX--as far as the LA and TX BONs are concerned, she's living in LA and so is going to need a LA license to work there.
Last, most BONs require that name/address changes be submitted to the BON within 30 days.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Jan 4, '13
Jan 4, '13
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
Welcome to AN...please tell your girlfriend to signup so we can advise her directly.
Link to all boards of nursing found at bottom of each allnurses page.
[URL="http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/"]Louisiana State Board of Nursing[URL]
NCLEX is a national exam so can be taken at any Pearson view testing center once permission from individual board of nursing obtained, so can take exam at testing center in LA.
If she has already applied for license/permission to test from TX BON, she needs to follow through to obtain license from TX then submit endorsement
application to LA.
Our NCLEX Discussion Forum
has tons advice to pass exam.
You can obtain a nursing license with an out of state address. I live in PA and have NJ and DE license along with PA as home care RN visited patients in all three states.
I spend 3 weeks in LA for Mardi Gras; if I wanted to work in LA during this time, could apply for endorsement with PA address.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jan 4, '13