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  1. good afternoon,

    What is the difference between a license by endorsement and reciprocity?

    I am a RN nurse living in WI and would like to obtain my Florida license and I am confused.
    I read both definitions and they sound the same to me.

    Thank you.
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  3. by   amoLucia
    For all intents and purposes, I've believed them to be the same.

    ... unless there's some real specific split on the definition I never knew.
  4. by   TAKOO01
    I think that reciprocity between states means that a nurse can practice in those participating states without further exams, applications or CE. The states have an agreement that their nursing standards are equal.

    I think that endorsement involves going through a process with whatever other state you want to practice in that may involve applications, testing, fees and CEs.

    I have never done it myself, this is just what I am guessing. ...
  5. by   amoLucia
    to TAKOO - I think you've included some fundamentals for Licensing in Compact States in you first paragraph. (???)

    Just my thinking ... I've never applied to a compact state and my NJ is not one of the bunch either..
  6. by   TAKOO01
    Quote from amoLucia
    to TAKOO - I think you've included some fundamentals for Licensing in Compact States in you first paragraph. (???)

    Just my thinking ... I've never applied to a compact state and my NJ is not one of the bunch either..
    Maybe so, I was just guessing at the definitions. OP might have to do a bit of go ogling or maybe contact her BON.
  7. by   KelRN215
    Wisconsin and Florida are both nursing compact states. So if you remained a permanent resident of Wisconsin, you could work in Florida with your Wisconsin license if you were on, say, a travel assignment or something. If you move to Florida/become a resident of Florida, you would have to obtain a Florida nursing license by endorsing your Wisconsin license. That's how I understand the nursing compact at least, my state doesn't participate yet.
  8. by   Have Nurse
    License by endorsement is when you apply and pay a fee. Reciprocity, is what WI has for your license being already accepted in certain states.

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