Compact State Licensure from a non-compact state

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    I have a question about the license compact system.

    The state that I'm currently licensed in, GA, is not a compact state.

    If I get a license by endorsement in a state that is a compact state (for example, North Carolina), can I then use the fact that I have a compact state license to apply for jobs in all the other compact state?

    I am currently in the middle of a nation-wide job search, and I think being licensed in a compact state would make me more marketable in all other compact states because then you have the 30 day window if you're hired in another compact state other than your home state that you can use your compact state license to work until you are able to get a permanent license in the state that you moved to, so you can begin working immediately.

    Basically, it's like this:

    Licensed in GA (non-compact state) --> Apply for job in Texas (or any other compact state) --> Can't work in Texas until you get a Texas License.

    Licensed in NC (compact state) --> Apply for job in Texas (or any other compact state) --> Can begin working immediately in Texas because you have 30 days that your NC license is good for until you have to be licensed in Texas.

    So, I'm thinking it might be worth it to pick up a compact state license so I could begin working immediately in any compact state that I happen to get hired in?
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    That scenario only works if you have a permanent residence in the compact state. so the more accurate scenario is

    Licensed in GA (non-compact state), live in GA --> Apply for job in Texas (or any other compact state) --> Can't work in Texas until you get a Texas License.

    Licensed in NC (compact state) live in NC --> Apply for job in Texas (or any other compact state) --> Can begin working immediately in Texas because you have 30 days that your NC license is good for until you have to be licensed in Texas.

    Licensed in NC (compact state) live in GA --> Apply for job in Texas (or any other compact state) --> Can't work in Texas until you get a Texas License because you only have a NC license as you do not have permanent residency status in a compact state (i.e. licensed in NC but live in GA)
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    Just to clarifyfurther what JustBeachy said, if you apply for licensure in a compact state but are not a permanent resident of that state (e.g., apply from out of state), you will get a license, but it won't have "compact privileges" -- that is, it will be a regular, traditional license that is only recognized in that state and can't be used to work in any other compact state. There is no particular advantage to "picking up" a license in a compact state unless you live there.
    Last edit by elkpark on Feb 1, '12
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    Thanks for the information.

    It appears then that new graduates from compact states who are willing to work anywhere have a significant advantage over non-compact state graduates, as they are immediately employable in any other compact state. A month is not an insignificant time period that an agency has to wait before you can start working.

    I wonder if that explains why some states choose to not participate in the compact: fear that making it easier to leave would do more harm than good.

    Aside from Augusta, Georgia has no significant border towns, with the areas along the Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee borders being very rural. However, there are several major urban areas just across the border in adjacent states. Maybe the legislature/BON is concerned that compact membership would allow places like Jacksonville, Tallahasse, and Chattanooga to draw nurses away from rural Georgia by allowing them to keep their homes here and work in the other state's urban area just across the line.


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