nursing compact for Oklahoma?

  1. Has there been any talk of a compact involving Oklahoma? It sure would be nice to have, assuming there's not a lot of redtape to get through for it.
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  3. by   babynurselsa
    I think I seem to remember the word Yet somewhere. Maybe on the NURSYS site or something.
    I agree I hope someday they get in gear and join as a compact state.
  4. by   parrotmom
    I spoke with a lady at the OBN this summer and she stated they had no plans for compact anytime soon. That being said if you have lived in OKlahoma very long you may have realized our government here is not the most forward thinking. We are bordered by at least 2 compact states. I know several nurses including myself who didn't bother to license in OKlahoma but just take a short drive across the border to work. I would not hold my breath on OK passing a nurse compact.
  5. by   LanaBanana
    If you are taking care of family members in another state, are you still required to have a license in that state? I'm asking because my parents live about 2 hours away in Missouri and have asked me several times if something happens to them and they need care if I will come take care of them instead of a stranger. I told them I would try. I kind of think if you're family you don't have to have a license, right? I mean look at all the moms out there who do extraordinary things for their sick children.
  6. by   babynurselsa
    IF you are talking about being your parents primary caregiver in the home, then no.
  7. by   Persnicketier
    What's a nursing compact for the state?
  8. by   LanaBanana
    A nursing compact allows you to have a nursing license in 1 state but it is valid in all states who join the compact. So if you are a TX nurse you are still legal to practice in NM, AZ, VA, etc.
  9. by   BabyRN2Be
    So, is this the same thing as reciprocity? Or does reciprocity between states even exist at all in nursing?
  10. by   parrotmom
    No reciprocity means you are eligible to license in another state because you are licensed in your state without a problem. But if you were licensed in state x which didn't have reciprocity with state y you might have to jump through state y'shoops in order to license with them. WIth compact licensing you legally reside in a state that is a compact state, so long as you maintain residency there you may work in any other compact state on your state's license and generally if you move to another compact state you can work for 30 days on your old license while obtaining an new compact license from your new home state.