I don't know if anyone has any suggestions for me, but here's my story... I am currently licensed in Nebraska and I moved to Kansas a week ago. However, I will be working in Missouri. Initially I was told that I could work with my Nebraska license for 30 days until I got my endorsement. Apparently I don't qualify for the 30 day grace period of working in Missouri with my current compact license because I live in Kansas (a non-compact state). I'm so incredibly frustrated.
My Nebraska license expires on October 31st. I had originally inquired with Kansas about whether or not I needed a license here too. They acted like I needed a Kansas license to be endorsed in Missouri. I got all the paperwork filled out for Kansas, thinking I'd apply for my Missouri license once I moved because I believed I could work for 30 days on my current compact license. Unfortunately, I later found out that I don't even need a Kansas license! Thankfully, I hadn't sent in the paperwork for Kansas before finding out that I didn't need it.
I was completely misled by the Missouri BON's website regarding my compact license. I even called their robophone and it basically states something to the effect that one can work with a current compact license from another compact state. I finally got a hold of someone from the Missouri BON by e-mail, and she said I can't work with my Nebraska license since I now live in Kansas
I'm set to start hospital orientation on Monday. I'm extremely worried that I will be in trouble or out of a job because I don't yet have my Missouri endorsement. I sent in all my paperwork sans the fingerprints Tuesday. I wasn't able to get a fingerprint appointment until this afternoon. I guess I'll just call the Missouri BON after I get printed and let them know I'll be mailing them my receipt. I really hope that they can get me a temporary license quickly.
I'm kind of freaking out here, and I feel like an imbecile for being so mistaken about this whole process. I guess I don't understand why it matters where I live for 30 days since I still have a valid Nebraska nursing license and it's a compact state. I completely understand the need to endorse my license in Missouri, but why can't they let me use my current license? Does anyone have any suggestions? :smackingf
This is why every state needs to be a compact state! There's a reason we all take the same test!!!! *sigh*