Quote from ThinkerBelleRN
Florida BON allows nurses to take the NCLEX but will not issue a license unless a SSN is available. So technically, even after passing the NCLEX, I still am not a RN in Florida.
I guess license endorsement only applies if I have a RN license, but since I don't, Missouri would have to just go through the application by examination but I will have to just forward my NCLEX result to them. What I'm not sure is which procedure will be quicker because I wouldn't want to have to wait months for my license to finally be able to practice. I am absolutely clueless about this and have been considering to just wait for my SSN and complete my RN registration in Florida then endorse to Missouri.
How does a compact license work anyway? As an example in my case, if I get a compact license in Fl, will I still need to register in Mo? Will it be just changing addresses but will have the same license number?
I would wait for the SSN so you could just endorse in MO after getting the FL license.
Compact works and is only applicable if you live in a compact licensing state, otherwise it's just a license for that state. If you move to another compact licensing state, you would have to notify both BON of your new residential address, in this case MO and FL. FL would then convert your compact license to FL only license, and MO would issue a compact license since your place of residence would be MO.
But note, MO will just issue you an MO license and FL would do the same until you actually move to either state. Neither will be a compact as they're not your permanent residence.
So basically, once you get a SSN you would then apply and receive the FL license for FL only. Next you would apply to MO for a license by endorsement. Once you actually move to MO, notify the BON of your new permanent MO address and they will update your license status from MO only to compact.
To answer your other question: Yes and no. Yes, your FL license number will be the same but your address will be different. MO will provide you a different license number for that state but it will be different from your FL license number. Each state you are licensed in will have a different number for that state. However, regardless of address change, your license number each state assigned will not change. For example, I am licensed in 3 different states with each having a different license number. I notify each state of my new address whenever I relocate but my license numbers remain the same. One of the three is a compact state but since I no longer live in that state, and my current residential state is not a participant of the compact act, my license status is for each state only, not compact status.
I hope I'm not confusing you. If you have other questions just ask away.