Quote from JeepgirlRN
I was wondering about my nursing licensing.. My friend just said that she had heard you could get a license that is good for all states - like for travel nurses and military spouses, etc. Do ya'll know anything about this or will I just have to get a NY license. I am licensed in Alabama and I'll keep my RN here up to date too, incase he gets deployed or whatever and I come home.
To my knowledge, unless you work as a nurse, either on a military base (clinic or hospital) or if you work in a VA hospital, you have to get licensed by endorsement/reciprocity in the state that you work in. You may check to see if there are exceptions for military spouses, but I have never seen any exceptions like that noted.
This means as a traveler, I have about 8 licenses. Annoying but true.
There are exceptions, in that nurses that are licensed in a "compact state" and WHO MAINTAIN LEGAL RESIDENCE, in that state, may practice in any other compact state without get licensure there. These are a group of states that have signed on and agreed to do this. There are about 10-15 "compact states" (my regrets as I do not know which ones - moot point as my state of legal residence is not a compact state) and while I hold a license or two in compact states, as I do not legally reside in them, I must get still get a new license each new state.