License Reciprocity

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    I am currently licensed in NJ and need to get a NY license. I am not exactly sure how to go about this. I was also told that NY and NJ have reciprocity? Can someone please tell me what this means? :uhoh21:
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    Not aware that they do. In order to have reciprocity, they have to be a member of a compact state. Every nurse that I know that is from NJ, and works in NY, has a NY license.

    You would need to contact the BON for NY, but I haven't seen anything to that effect on their website. Otherwise, you just need to fill out section #3 of the NY application for endorsement. Quite simple.
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    Quote from TerraRN
    I am currently licensed in NJ and need to get a NY license. I am not exactly sure how to go about this. I was also told that NY and NJ have reciprocity? Can someone please tell me what this means? :uhoh21:
    It means you either go to their website or call the BON and ask for an application for licensure by endorsement (some use the word reciprocity for the same thing). Fill out the app., provide copy of NJ license, verification from your original state of licensure (they have a form you send off with fee to your orig. state - usually about $25), and the required licensure fee. That's about it other than the waiting. Ask the BON what the usual wait is so you won't be stressing.
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    It took me like 3 months to get my NY license, but my endorsement was from Illinois, and we all know how long they take to do anything. Illinois and Florida have to be 2 of the worse states to get a license in for the fact they take so long. Florida even makes you get a MD signature on the application stating that you are mentally capable of working there. Actually they should have put that on my California application instead and maybe I wouldn't have gotten stuck at these 2 crappy facilities out here.
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    Quote from nyck76
    It took me like 3 months to get my NY license, but my endorsement was from Illinois, and we all know how long they take to do anything. Illinois and Florida have to be 2 of the worse states to get a license in for the fact they take so long. Florida even makes you get a MD signature on the application stating that you are mentally capable of working there. Actually they should have put that on my California application instead and maybe I wouldn't have gotten stuck at these 2 crappy facilities out here.

    Do you mean mentally or medically?
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    All 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico have reciprocity. That just means you do not have to take NCLEX but one time instead of in each separate state. I think you mean "compact" states. Compact states allow nurses with license from another compact state to practice in both states without having to get a license for each. For instance, I live in East Texas but can work in Arkansas and Oklahoma because they are compact, but Louisiana is not. You still have to contact the state board where you will be working and complete some paperwork. To find out who is compact and more info go to www.ncsbn.com. Good luck.
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    As well as the compact states, there are some states that have a "walk-through" procedure, which means you can get your license to practice in that state in anywhere from 1 to 5 business days. IF all your paperwork is already in order. The states I know of that have walk-throughs are Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, South Carolina, Virginia, and Vermont. I have been told the District of Columbia also has a walk-through, but I have never needed it. Hope this helps!


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