NY + NJ dual licensure??

  1. Can anyone tell me how to go about getting your RN license for both NY + NJ?? I live in NY & already applied for my NY license, but I was thinking of possibly getting a NJ license also, in case I want to cross the bridge and work in NJ. I've heard of it being done, but I can't seem to find out how you are suppossed to do it. Thanks for any help with this topic!
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  3. by   espikey
    You have to take your boards in NY, and once you get your license go to the NJ State Board of Nursing website to download the Licensure by Endorsement application.

    A NJ license might take you a while, as all applicants have to go through a background check.

    Good luck,

    espikey
  4. by   MegRyanGirl
    Hello,
    Does this work the same way for an RN with a NJ license that wants a NY license? I just passed my NCLEX but haven't received my NJ license in the mail yet. How can I file for a license by endoresement in NY if I am still waiting for the license paper to arrive in the mail? Is there anyway to speed up the process?
    Thank you,

  5. by   espikey
    Quote from MegRyanGirl
    Hello,
    Does this work the same way for an RN with a NJ license that wants a NY license? I just passed my NCLEX but haven't received my NJ license in the mail yet. How can I file for a license by endoresement in NY if I am still waiting for the license paper to arrive in the mail? Is there anyway to speed up the process?
    Thank you,

    I don't believe you need your paper license to fill out the application, only your license#. The state in which you first took your boards (your original state of licensure) has to verify your status for the state in which your are applying for- this is on a seperate form.

    Got to the NYS Office of Professions Board of Nursing webbsite for more details.

    - espikey
  6. by   khrissi17
    You can't have a license in 2 different states can you?? I thought endorsement means you give up the original state's license for the new state?? Somebody please clarify this but only if you are 100% positive- thanks!
  7. by   MegRyanGirl
    License by endorsement means you show proof to the state where you want an RN license that you already have an RN license from another state. Each state has a differed type of proof that they ask for. You don't have to give up the license you have from another state. As long as you pay a license renewal fee for each state you are licensed in, you can keep licenses from all of those states. I currently have RN licenses from New York and New Jersey. No problems. :-)
  8. by   chuck1234
    You may get the licenses in all 50 states...
    Unless you are a travel nurse....
    It is really wasting your $$$$. If I am not wrong, hospitals in the City of New York pay more than NJ.
  9. by   loricatus
    Quote from khrissi17
    You can't have a license in 2 different states can you?? I thought endorsement means you give up the original state's license for the new state?? Somebody please clarify this but only if you are 100% positive- thanks!
    Quote from MegRyanGirl
    License by endorsement means you show proof to the state where you want an RN license that you already have an RN license from another state. Each state has a differed type of proof that they ask for. You don't have to give up the license you have from another state. As long as you pay a license renewal fee for each state you are licensed in, you can keep licenses from all of those states. I currently have RN licenses from New York and New Jersey. No problems. :-)
    :yeahthat: Except, have to add one thing-you also must meet the requirements for the particular state (eg. ceu) in addition to paying the license renewal fee.

    My original license was in the South, in a compact state. NY was not part of that compact (NJ seems to be on a perpetual hold pattern to be officially a compact state), so I applied for licensure by endorsement to NY. I also hold a PA license by endorsement, since I was torn between 2 job offers (PA & NY) and the PA license by endoresment was fast, easy and inexpensive. I now hold 3 licenses and have renewed 2/3 sofar. The comapct state license is good to practice in many states throughout the US. Although I was considering a NJ job, the process was worse that NY (re; cost, time, conditions) and I will wait it out to apply after the govenor officiates the compact status-whenever that may be.

    Also, you never really give up your original license unless it is for diciplinary reasons. The original license can be made inactive (as well as the endorsement licenses) if you do not practice in that particalur state.
    Last edit by loricatus on May 2, '07
  10. by   nyforlove
    Thanks; Now, one more question re: the continuing ed credits.....Is the following true? I'm licensed in NY (which currently has ZERO contin. ed requirements)...if I want licensure by endorsement in, for example, California, someone told me I would need to first obtain contin.ed credits required by Calif???? So, if I have been a NY-licensed nurse for 5 years and want to move to Calif., I have to present Calif Bd of Nursing with FIVE YEARS worth of contin. ed credits???? I hope this isn't true:angryfire ........


    Quote from loricatus
    :yeahthat: Except, have to add one thing-you also must meet the requirements for the particular state (eg. ceu) in addition to paying the license renewal fee.

    My original license was in the South, in a compact state. NY was not part of that compact (NJ seems to be on a perpetual hold pattern to be officially a compact state), so I applied for licensure by endorsement to NY. I also hold a PA license by endorsement, since I was torn between 2 job offers (PA & NY) and the PA license by endoresment was fast, easy and inexpensive. I now hold 3 licenses and have renewed 2/3 sofar. The comapct state license is good to practice in many states throughout the US. Although I was considering a NJ job, the process was worse that NY (re; cost, time, conditions) and I will wait it out to apply after the govenor officiates the compact status-whenever that may be.

    Also, you never really give up your original license unless it is for diciplinary reasons. The original license can be made inactive (as well as the endorsement licenses) if you do not practice in that particalur state.
  11. by   loricatus
    Quote from nyforlove
    Thanks; Now, one more question re: the continuing ed credits.....Is the following true? I'm licensed in NY (which currently has ZERO contin. ed requirements)...if I want licensure by endorsement in, for example, California, someone told me I would need to first obtain contin.ed credits required by Calif???? So, if I have been a NY-licensed nurse for 5 years and want to move to Calif., I have to present Calif Bd of Nursing with FIVE YEARS worth of contin. ed credits???? I hope this isn't true:angryfire ........
    I think you only have to worry about the CE credits upon renewal of that license by endorsement. Someone, please correct me if I am wrong. To get my initial NYS license by endorsement, I did have to take CE credits in child abuse and infection control; but, do not have to take any CE credits to renew it.
  12. by   espikey
    Quote from loricatus
    I think you only have to worry about the CE credits upon renewal of that license by endorsement. Someone, please correct me if I am wrong. To get my initial NYS license by endorsement, I did have to take CE credits in child abuse and infection control; but, do not have to take any CE credits to renew it.
    NY requires infection control certification and child abuse (if working in an environment with peds). There is no minimum CE requirement in NY to renew your license, unlike NJ which requires you have at least 30 CEU's.

    espikey
  13. by   Free Spirit 1
    Hello:

    If a student completes a nursing program in NJ, can he/she apply for a license in NY? Or, would the student have to get a license in NJ and then transfer to NY?

    Thanks!
  14. by   pagandeva2000
    I am considering doing this myself, because although I live in NY, one of the agencies I work for has choice assignments stationed in NJ; the only reason I can't do it is because I can't practice in Jersey.

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