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permitted to work as RN nurse on other States w/o taking their NCLEX?

Hi, I don't know where to post this question.

I plan to take the NCLEX exam middle of next year. I heard that there are some States, like California, if you pass the NCLEX exam and become a Regitered Nurse there, you are also permitted to work in other States, as a Registered Nurse, without having to take the local NCLEX exam for that State. Is this true or just a hoax?

Thanks

Mikel

I believe you only need to take the nclex once and pass. to work in other states you must endorse your license.

TexasPediRN

Specializes in Pediatrics Only.

I'd say to check with each states Board of Nursing, b/c its all different.

I dont know if you dont have to take the NCLEX again for all states, but I moved and transfered my license from PA- TX without taking the NCLEX again.

However..you do pay. You need to pay for a temp license as well as for verification from your state for the new state..

Now im not sure if this is how CA and the other state you want to work in do it..but I know thats how it worked for me.

Hope this helped..

Thank you for your email replies. I appreciate it very much.

Mikel

Jolie, BSN

Specializes in Maternal - Child Health. Has 34 years experience.

There is no such exam as a "local" NCLEX. This is a nation-wide exam that is accepted by every state in the US. Once you pass NCLEX and obtain an original license, you may endorse that license to other states. Licensing requirements and practice privileges vary from state to state, but NCLEX does not. Good luck!

There is also Compact Licensure, available to a few states, where you can work in the Compact states with a current license.

Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North dakota, South Dakota, Tenessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin are all involved, and New Jersey, New Hampshire and South Carolina are pending.

If you work in a compact state, you keep your original licensure and agree to abide by the rules of the state you are working in.

Jolie, BSN

Specializes in Maternal - Child Health. Has 34 years experience.

There is also Compact Licensure, available to a few states, where you can work in the Compact states with a current license.

Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North dakota, South Dakota, Tenessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin are all involved, and New Jersey, New Hampshire and South Carolina are pending.

If you work in a compact state, you keep your original licensure and agree to abide by the rules of the state you are working in.

That is true as long as you continue to reside in the state of your original license, and cross the border or travel to another participating state to work. If you move your residence, you must apply for licensure in the new state. The benefits of compact licensure are limited, and I don't think most people understand that.

Thank you Jolie for pointing out the limits to the compacts. They are useful if you are a traveler with a home state IN the compact. If you have a tax home out of the compact (like me) then the compact does not apply. If you move say from NC to Virginia, you must get a VA license...

You do only have to take NCLEX once, after that it is all endorsement- in some states (NY stands out) it is a long process of providing evidence of cont Education, transcripts, hours of work as a RN...in others it is as asimple as filling out a form and having a transcript sent. This can get to be quite expensive...As you may also have to register with NURSYS to have your license in your first state verified. None of it is complex, but one must be organized and it can be quite a time hassle.

NCLEX is a national exam, there is only one NCLEX exam. You only take it once, and provided that you pass it, you are eligible for licensure in each state, provided that you meet their educational requirements. And you never need to take it again.:)

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