License question

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  • Specializes in Critical Care/Infection Control. Has 20 years experience.

Hi all! I'm an RN in California and am considering taking a work from home job. The company is based in CA but I would like to move to NC. Would I need to apply for a license in NC since it would be my primary residence or no because the company is technically located in CA? Sorry if this is confusing, lol!!

Thanks for any responses!

klone, MSN, RN

14,412 Posts

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 17 years experience.

You would need to ask the company that

Hoosier_RN, MSN

3,656 Posts

Specializes in dialysis. Has 30 years experience.

You need a nursing license for your state of residence, regardless of where the job is located. You can have licenses in any other state that you wish. I would keep the CA license active, as I understand that it's very hard to endorse there, all kinds of issues etc

buggynurse

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Specializes in Critical Care/Infection Control. Has 20 years experience.

Thanks all!

chare

3,766 Posts

1 hour ago, Hoosier_RN said:

You need a nursing license for your state of residence, regardless of where the job is located. ...

This is not correct. Aside from maintaining residency in one compact state, and working in another compact state, you need a license for the state(s) in which you work.

3 hours ago, buggynurse said:

... Would I need to apply for a license in NC since it would be my primary residence or no because the company is technically located in CA? Sorry if this is confusing, lol!!

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As you are going to be required to be licensed in whichever state you are engaged in providing care, it is possible that you might need to be licensed in both. This is a question best directed to the boards of nursing for NC and and any states in which you are providing distance nursing services.

Best wishes.

MunoRN, RN

8,058 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 10 years experience.

Whether you need to be licensed in the state you are in or the state the patient is in varies by state. The requirement that you must be licensed in the state your patient is in appears more common.

There is a 26 state tele-health compact, which covers you so long as both you and the patient are in those states. Other states get more complicated with varying views on both licensure requirements when the nurse and patient are in different states and even what sort of "tele-health" constitutes nursing practice.