License Question

  1. After you take the NCLEX-RN, how do you obtain numerous state licenses. I am not sure where I will be living in the future, and am hoping to earn as many state licenses as I can. Is there a list somewhere or an informative website? Thanks everyone!
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Quote from THEsunnygurl84
    After you take the NCLEX-RN, how do you obtain numerous state licenses. I am not sure where I will be living in the future, and am hoping to earn as many state licenses as I can. Is there a list somewhere or an informative website? Thanks everyone!
    You do not earn licenses, you have to pay for them. And it can get quite expensive. After you get your first license, you can endorse to which ever other states that you want, but with a fee involved. Remember that some fees can be $100 or more................and they have to be renewed every two to four years or so, depending again on the state.
  4. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from THEsunnygurl84
    After you take the NCLEX-RN, how do you obtain numerous state licenses. I am not sure where I will be living in the future, and am hoping to earn as many state licenses as I can. Is there a list somewhere or an informative website? Thanks everyone!
    Wait til you know where you are going, then contact the BON of that state. Depending on where you original license is from and what the two states have agreed upon, sometimes it's just a matter of paying the fee.

    But there's no reason to be licensed in a lot of states unless you are a traveler and need to.

    You are probably a little new at this to be a traveler just yet, I'm guessing.

    One license will get you started.
  5. by   THEsunnygurl84
    I live in Alabama and want to move to Arizona. I was just curious if I had to take the NCLEX two times. Is there a website to find out which states agree with each other?
  6. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    The NCLEX is a national exam, given all over the US and in about four foreign cities for nurses who want to be licensed here.

    So once you take it, you are done with it. Unless you let your license lapse, which you won't be doing, right?

    This website maintains a list of links to various boards of nursing.

    Go to the top and click on "Home."

    About halfway down the home page, on the left side, is "Browse Nursing Website Listings by Category." Click on that. Follow down the list to "Arizona." You are already licensed in Alabama, so you don't need to worry about them; it is going to be up to Arizona to decide whether to license you there.....

    You will get contact info there; if you don't find a specific list of states that have reciprocity with Arizona (reciprocity means there is a "reciprocal" agreement--the two states have an agreement about each other's licensed RN's), then I would either personally telephone them or I would get an address and write to them and simply ask, "I am licensed in Alabama, what do I need to do to be licensed in Arizona?"

    They'll tell you.

    Good luck!
  7. by   TowannaG
    You should check with your BON and ask about the new Compact Nursing License and see if your state participate in the program...if so you can practice in 27 states to date under one license. I know that Arizona is in that compact license program...as a matter of fact.....search the internet for compact nursing license..it tells you all the states that currently participate in the program..... Towanna RN

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