Job Search Outside of State Lines/Licensing in Other States


Just wondering if anyone has any experience with applying for jobs in a state they are not licensed in. I am currently licensed in NJ and the job market here hasn't been so great so I have decided to look elsewhere. The only problem is, I don't really have a specific state I want to work in and I also don't want to narrow my search to only one state.

It seems like most places want a license in their state before the interview. Does anyone have any advice on how to handle this? Should I pick one state, get licensed there and hope for the best? Or should I just keep applying to places and see which states contact me? Right now I have just been writing "license pending" in whatever state the hospital is in but I have a feeling this is working against me.

I also still have under one year of nursing experience so it could be that too, I'm not sure. Any direction at all would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience. 4,444 Posts

Look for compact states (check your board website or google). It is much easier to just endorse your license that way.