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- by Avill Jun 10Hi,
There is a possibility of relocating to NM (or another state) after I graduate. My question is should I take the NCLEX in CA or should I just take it in NM ? Can I have my license in both ? Suggestion?
- Jun 15 by ScarlettzI am not sure if California is a compact state or not. Compact states have multistate privileges - where they can practice in multiple states. From a quick search, it doesn't look like California is a compact state. You can take your NCLEX in California. Then, once you are a registered nurse (or LPN) you can go to the New Mexico State Board of Nursing site and apply for endorsement. You will need to pay the fee, though. I think NM's was about $110. You will also have other requirements, such as sending your fingerprints to NM and possibly paying CA a fee to send NM Board of Nursing a verification of licensure. I was impressed by NM BON - I received my license from them in about 2-3 weeks once everything was in.
I don't think it matters if you take it in NM. You will still receive your license for the state of California- if your education took place in CA. So, just take the test in CA and then go through the NM website and find their application for endorsement. However, when you are filling out the information to take your NCLEX for the first time you can probably specify which states you want to have a license in. But, you will have to pay that state's fees as well as abide to any other necessary documents that state requires.
- Jul 5 by Scooby-Dooby-DooCool, I'm in the same situation and looking all over the country. Thanks!
- Jul 10 by SmiltyJust to say, I currently live in NM and I hate it!! Moving soon to Tennessee and can't wait
Also, the Nursing Board here did not impress me, they lost my paperwork, were rude about it and ignored my emails!
Good luck with whatever you decide to do though