How to change TN single state license to a multi-state license

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by raisaru13 raisaru13 (New) New

Hi everyone! First time posting to this site!

I am hoping someone here will be able to help with this since I have been unable to find an answer to my specific circumstance. I moved to TN in 2019 from a non-compact state and applied for a single state license by endorsement without issue. I know for sure it is a single state license thru nursys. I am considering travel nursing and now that TN has been my permanent residence the last 2 years I want to change my single state license to a multistate license. No where on the TN BON website or thru Google search have I been able to find a straight answer on how I am to do this. Everything either addresses if people have had a TN license before 2018 (in which case they are grandfathered in I guess?) or to apply for single state licensure if coming from a non-compact state, which I did long ago. 

I understand the answer for this is probably simple, but I truly have not found the information that states plainly the steps I need to take, and I have not been able to get answer from the BON itself.

I appreciate your time and information! Hope everyone is staying safe.

Lunah, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 14 years experience. 33 Articles; 13,699 Posts

You will probably need to submit a new licensure by endorsement application through the TBON website, to include fingerprinting, the background check, and the declaration of Tennessee as your primary residence. I would log on to the website and see what you can do online. When I lived in Georgia and upgraded my single-state license to the compact license when it became available, that is what Georgia required. When I moved to Tennessee last year, I don't think I even saw a single state option. 

raisaru13

raisaru13

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OK, I will take a closer look at that. Wasn't sure if that was the correct path but it makes the most sense. Maybe the issue before was that when applying for the TN license my residence was still in my old state, which is why my TN license is only a single state license. Thanks for responding!

Lunah, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 14 years experience. 33 Articles; 13,699 Posts

1 hour ago, raisaru13 said:

OK, I will take a closer look at that. Wasn't sure if that was the correct path but it makes the most sense. Maybe the issue before was that when applying for the TN license my residence was still in my old state, which is why my TN license is only a single state license. Thanks for responding!

Yep, you have to show Tennessee permanent residency with that declaration form. Hope that works! 

sml_rn

sml_rn, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Med/surg. Has 3 years experience. 17 Posts

im having this same question and wondering what you did to make it a compact? of course the BON is taking years to respond to me 🙂 thanks!