Can a Cali nurse help me understand endorsement?

  1. Hi y'all, I am trying to start the endorsement process from a non compact state (Louisiana) to Cali (another non compact state). I'd like to know for certain, as I don't seem to be understanding the endorsement licensure law on non-C to non-C states. I currently hold a Louisiana LPN license and would like to endorse for a Cali license as I'd like to move back out west to be with family. I can't get an official clear answer to this question. There is no such thing as "call your State Board" no human beings man those phones! Once I complete the proper papers required for the Cal State Board of nursing or rather the Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians and they grant me a license, does this null and void my Louisiana license? All I see from my books and such that compact states allow a nurse to go to another compact state and work as a nurse there or any compact state under the multistate act, but what if both states are NON compact states. Will I completely loose my Lou license once I'm endorsed to Cali? I'd like to work here in Lou while waiting the 8-12 wks for endorsement but afraid my current license will be disolved and I won't know when it happens, or if it does at all? Helpzzz!
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    LPN; from US
    Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in med surg ltc psych


  3. by   Sensoria17
    I just had my LVN license endorsed to North Carolina. It is my understanding that as long as you are paying the renewal fee for both licenses, you are free to practice in either state.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Your Louisiana license will not be null and void as long as you continue to pay the fees to keep it active. Many people maintain multiple licenses from different states at one time.
  5. by   elkpark
    You can hold licenses for as many non-compact states as you're willing to pay for. Your LA license will remain active until it expires, even after you get your CA license. You can choose at that time (when the LA license is up for renewal) whether you want to renew it or not.