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Is it difficult to move to another state?

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by CMColumbus CMColumbus (Member) Member

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After I finish school (ADN) and become licensed in Ohio would it be difficult to become licensed as an RN in another state? Don't all or most states require the NCLEX in order to become licensed or is there more to it than that? Can you do what attorneys do and become licensed in multiple states? If an RN in one state do you just apply or is there a special test or school you have to do to move to another state and become certified there? I have family in Ohio, PA, and Georgia and I could end up in any one of these states after graduating, so those are the states I'm thinking of in particular.

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All states require the NCLEX but you only have to pass it once. It's the same exam for the entire US. Just apply for reciprocity in whatever state you want to move to, provide proof of licensure in your home state and pay the fee.

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NCLEX is actually a national exam, so you take it once, and it is good for all states. You are still going to need to endorse your license to the other states that you wish to work in if they are not part of the Compact License pact. If you move from the state that is under the Compact License, then that license is not good in other states. You can become licensed in as many states as you wish. You just need to meet the requirements, you do not need to further test.

Attorneys need to take and pass the Bar exam for each state that they wish to work in. Except for those that practice immigration law. Since that is federal, they do not need a license even in the state where they are practicing. As long as they are licensed in some state, they are okay.

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