New Mexico RN planning on moving to Texas

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    i! 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!
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    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
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    I just thought I should add my expereince. I tried to apply to RN jobs and residency programs in Texas (Dallas Area) my final semester of nursing school which was not in Texas. I should say that I have a stellar resume from an academic standpoint (3.9 Gpa) and I also had Nurse Extern experience in the field I was applying to (telemetry). I got called to interview over the phone once while I was in class by the recruiter FOR THEIR GRADUATE NURSE PROGRAM AND WAS PASSED UP. To make a very long and frustrating story short, I never got a job in Texas. With the help of my career advisor from college, we found that apparently there is an unwritten "code" that hospitals in Texas generally do not hire out of state nurses simply because there are many nurses in state looking for the same position. This was a few years ago, though, so maybe things have changed. One thing to keep in mind is Texas' economy is healthier than most other states in the US. Although that is a relative statement, at the worst part of the recession, Texas still had a healthy job market. And they werent going through the nursing layoffs like the rest of the country. FYI, Texas is one of the best places to work as a nurse when you compare cost of living to salary. People always ask "what is the salary in this location" ...it doesn't matter much unless you take into account cost of living. Anyway, that's my two cents.
    Last edit by emilyBABSNRN on Jun 5, '11 : Reason: more info
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    thanks a lot Chare and emilyBABSNRN! helped me a lot. The problem is, I'm not a US Citizen/ Permanent resident, just a tourist visa holder. So, I might not continue with my working in the US plan for now. Because as I have read on the threads in this site, the US are not really hiring foreign nurses at the moment, and that there is this retrogression thing going on. So I guess there's nothing I can do anymore.
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    Quote from krissyprissy
    thanks a lot Chare and emilyBABSNRN! helped me a lot. The problem is, I'm not a US Citizen/ Permanent resident, just a tourist visa holder. So, I might not continue with my working in the US plan for now. Because as I have read on the threads in this site, the US are not really hiring foreign nurses at the moment, and that there is this retrogression thing going on. So I guess there's nothing I can do anymore.
    I think as an international nurse, the only forseeable way you could get a job in the US right now is if you went through an international nursing agency (like a travel nursing company). At one point, I researched getting a job in another country before I was a nurse. I came to the conclusion that it is nearly impossible. And this is coming from a US citizen. I think in general the amount of work and money that it takes to getting a foreign person a work visa makes it a lot harder than just a regular out of state person. Im sorry to deliver such grim advice to you In general, it is really difficult for anyone to get a job in the united state right now becuase of the economy. People are literally fighting hard to keep even jobs they are miserable at. It is not an easy time for the US. And to top it off, Texas is a very patriotic state that is very "American". Just the simple fact that I wasn't a "Texan" excluded me from their jobs....I did late write the nurse recruiter an email saying what a total huge mistake it was for them to disregard me based soley on my residency. I got a reply from the recruiters boss saying that if i tried back in 6 months, I would probably get the job. Out of principle, I didn't want to work for such an unprofessional and unwelcoming company. I wouldn't waste your time applying unless you went through an agency. I'm sorry I can't provide you with names, but try google.


    One thing that might work for you is to apply to the Cruise lines...maybe there are some international cruise companies that are based in the united states that need nurses on their boats?


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