Did you keep your RN license and why?

  1. Hi everyone,

    I am a newly licensed FNP and I am currently job hunting. I was just wondering if any of you kept your RN license even after securing an NP job. A part of me feels like I don't know what the future holds for my NP career so I wonder if having my RN license is a smart move.

    Thanks
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  3. by   djmatte
    I could be mistaken, but you need to maintain an RN license to keep your np license. It may vary state to state, but you are an advance practice Registered Nurse. The former is the foundation for your training and therefore the first priority. Most states lump the two into the same license. Others require two separate but required licenses. I've never heard of one being accepted I lieu of the other. Should probably check with your state to see what they require.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    In IL its no choice, you MUST have an RN license in order to obtain an APRN license.
  5. by   KelRN215
    Quote from djmatte
    I could be mistaken, but you need to maintain an RN license to keep your np license. It may vary state to state, but you are an advance practice Registered Nurse. The former is the foundation for your training and therefore the first priority. Most states lump the two into the same license. Others require two separate but required licenses. I've never heard of one being accepted I lieu of the other. Should probably check with your state to see what they require.
    I'm pretty sure this is how it works in my state, too.
  6. by   elkpark
    Every state requires that advanced practice nurses maintain active RN licensure in addition to their advanced practice licensure/certification. Do people not learn this kind of stuff in school? The basics of how your licensure works?
  7. by   djmatte
    Quote from elkpark
    Every state requires that advanced practice nurses maintain active RN licensure in addition to their advanced practice licensure/certification. Do people not learn this kind of stuff in school? The basics of how your licensure works?
    Bear in mind we are into territories where people move into advance practice with never even working as an RN in any capacity outside short months of clinicals. Some people are so far removed from nursing it's disgusting that nurse is remotely near their title. Some of these providers don't even consider the importance of their RN license.
  8. by   Miiki
    Yes, it's a smart move to keep your RN liscense because you'll lose your APRN liscense without it.

    Edit: OP is from Canada. I admit, I know know nothing about APRN licensing there. Sorry for the possibly unwarranted snark.
  9. by   elkpark
    Quote from Miiki
    Edit: OP is from Canada. I admit, I know know nothing about APRN licensing there. Sorry for the possibly unwarranted snark.
    Oh! Ditto ... (Where did you see something about Canada?)
  10. by   Miiki
    Quote from elkpark
    Oh! Ditto ... (Where did you see something about Canada?)
    In another one of their threads.
  11. by   DelightfulNP
    Hi folks
    Thanks for the responses. I am relocating from Toronto, Ontario, Canada to the US, hence my ignorance re: NP licensure. Here in Ontario, RN and NP licenses are two separate entities and one can chose to resign their RN license if they wish (mainly to avoid the cumbersome renewal process and fees).

    thanks
  12. by   Dodongo
    I'm pretty certain each state requires you to maintain your RN license as a NP. That = $$$$ for the state board of nursing. Nurses truly looking out for their own...
  13. by   elkpark
    Quote from DelightfulNP
    Hi folks
    Thanks for the responses. I am relocating from Toronto, Ontario, Canada to the US, hence my ignorance re: NP licensure. Here in Ontario, RN and NP licenses are two separate entities and one can chose to resign their RN license if they wish (mainly to avoid the cumbersome renewal process and fees).



    thanks
    Well, if you're coming to the US, then the answer is simple. Yes, you'll have to maintain active licensure as an RN (in whatever state you'll be in) in order to be licensed and able to practice as an NP.
  14. by   twinsmom788
    Well....in my state it is mandatory for an NP to keep their active RN license and if not, there are hefty fines to pay.

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