Help please!!! Soon to be Arkansas RN Graduate- moving to Missouri

  1. Hi all,
    I hope someone can help me. I graduate in December from Arkansas State University as Registered Nurse. I grew up in Missouri and plan to move back as soon as I graduate. I did not intend to move back so I applied to test for an Arkansas license. I heard that my best bet is to take boards, get my Arkansas license, then endorse them to Missouri. I am wanting to move as soon as possible because I don't think it would be fair to start working here in Arkansas and take advantage of the hospital providing orientation only to leave after my 8 weeks. My question is how long does it take to get your license as soon as you pass boards? Once I get them in Arkansas, how long does it take to move them to Missouri? Last I heard, Missouri was not a compact state, is that true? Is there anything that I can do now, (fingerprints or anything) to speed up the process?

    Thank you,
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  3. by   WDWpixieRN
    I really wish I knew your answers, but am still a student myself and not planning on doing any moving once I graduate. I know a couple of classmates that are and I believe they were planning on taking their boards here, then working 6 mos. or a year and then transferring.

    I'd suggest you call the MO State BON directly. Here's the website:

    Best wishes to you and welcome back to MO!!
  4. by   RJ---RN
    You are correct, Missouri is not a compact state. Probably get your Ak. license, then apply for licensure in Missouri. Good luck!