Hi everyone! I am a foreign nurse and graduated in 2010. I have been applying for my ATT for almost 3 years now. I started in CA but because of the concurrency issue they rejected my application. I applied next to Nebraska (my home state), passed the CGFNS but failed the TOEFL. My CGFNS CP is expiring soon and we are planning to move in Texas on May because my husband got an offer to work in Houston. Instead of renewing my CGFNS CP for Nebraska I started a new CGFNS CES application for Texas to avoid the endorsement fees and waiting time. Last friday, Texas BON wrote me and told me that they can't process my application, because either my home address is Nebraska, have declared Nebraska as my primary state of residence, or both. Anybody have the same experience that I have? Please, please share your experience... Do I have to hold a Texas address before they could process my application even I sworn and declare that I intend to practice in Texas? I feel like there's no hope for me and it's so frustrating and stressful...
Your input and information will help me a lot... thanks!
Feb 19, '13
I've seen this before that you cannot apply for a license in another compact state if your primary residence is in a compact state. You would be able to work 30 days in TX with your NE license until you formally changed your primary residence and endorsed your license.
This seems to be new and is true for other compact states, from MD BoN: "Effective October 1, 2012, any Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) applying for licensure and living in a member state of the Multistate Licensure Compact must take the NCLEX exam in their home state. The Maryland Board of Nursing is required by the Nurse Practice Act (Health Occupations, Title 8, Annotated Code of Maryland), to abide by the below regulations: 8-301(d) - A Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) can hold a license in only one party state at a time and that license has to be issued from the home state of the licensee; 8-304(2)(iv)- An applicant for licensure by examination in Maryland must submit satisfactory evidence to the Board that the applicant’s primary state of residence is Maryland or a state that is not a party to the compact; and 8-305(b) An applicant whose primary state of residence is a party state, other than Maryland, is not entitled to be examined for a license as an RN or LPN in Maryland.Please understand that if the Board receives your application and you live in a Compact State, your application WILL NOT be processed and WILL BE returned to you."
It seems there would be no issue if you didn't live in a compact state. Try calling TX BoN for clarification. You probably wouldn't have the issue if you already had an NE license as you would be endorsing a NLC license to another NLC state. Since this is an initial license and you live in a compact state, perhaps if you contact the TXBoN and explain that your husband has a job offer in TX and that you will be relocating then they might make an exception with proof of your husbands job offer?
Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Feb 19, '13