I am graduating this spring from a nursing program (RN) in Ohio. However, I plan to work in Pennsylvania. I am weighing my options and I would appreciate if anyone can give me any information I might not already know!
I do plan to get BOTH Ohio and PA nursing licenses at some point. I am currently debating which one I should get first. I have heard that some people find it difficult to obtain licensure by endorsement in Ohio, so I am thinking about just getting Ohio's first and get that out of the way.
I am not too upset about doing that because in PA, you can work as a graduate nurse with a temporary practice permit.
So to sum up my conundrum...I am thinking about applying for Ohio licensure, and then applying for ONLY a temp. practice permit for PA (NOT licensure by exam). So then I will be a graduate nurse and able to work in PA. Then I will take the boards in Ohio. Hopefully I will pass the boards, so I will be an RN in ohio. I will apply for endorsement (or is it reciprocity?) in PA, and while I wait for the PA board to endorse, I will be permitted to work as a graduate nurse in PA. Is that allowed??? Any suggestions??
I applaud anybody who read that whole message and understands it!
Jan 28, '10
Thanks for your response! It is my understanding that PA issues temporary practice permits to graduates of nursing programs before they take their boards as well. I have seen them refer to them as Graduate TPP or Graduate RN permit.
Last edit by vicarious on Jan 28, '10