If you're thinking about relocating, the RN License Compact will not be of help. One, it only applies to nurses who choose to practice along state lines without having to change their primary address (i.e., nurses taking travel nursing assignments on a temporary basis). Two, the RN License Compact does not cross over to APN territory.
Waiting for boards can be beneficial. One, all but three states require national certification from either ANCC, AANP, PNCB, or NCC (CA, KS, IN being the exception, see map
, click on certification on the left to load specific map). On this map I linked you to, CA is shown as a state that does not require national certification. However, if you are educated in a program outside of CA, you are required to have national certification to receive a certificate to practice as an NP. Two, being certified is a qualification employers
may prefer over taking a chance on a candidate who hasn't taken the boards.
If you are looking for an interactive map on APN regulation. NCSBN has a link in their website as part of the Consensus Model which the council is spearheading. The link can be found here
. Tabs on the left of that website brings up various maps by state on issues such as licensure vs certification, education, and state readiness toward consensus model implementation.