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Practicing in another state than where you got your NP

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Specializes in Public Health Science. Has 2 years experience.

How easy is it to work in different states when you get NP verification in another state? I am going to be attending Simmons University Direct Entry MSN but I want to work in New Mexico or California.

babyNP., APRN

Specializes in NICU. Has 13 years experience.

Very easy- just endorse. I recommend doing it as soon as you get your initial license because you are usually not subject to continuing education or pharmacology hours if you are still a new grad vs if you wait a year or so. This is state dependent of course, so ymmv...

Future MSN

Specializes in Public Health Science. Has 2 years experience.

So its easier to get licensed elsewhere as a new grad? Could you explain what endorse means?

Thank you,

Mindy

Endorsing your license into another state is simply requesting that a license be granted by verifying your current active license instead of having to take a state examination.

You can always just endorse your RN for the state you want then take your NP boards in the state you want to relocate

Future MSN

Specializes in Public Health Science. Has 2 years experience.

So you can practice in another state by endorsing (making this request to transfer your license) without any examination. It's just a matter of doing paperwork. That sounds very easy and super convenient if you are moving or going to work as a traveling nurse. I don't know if nurse practitioner is a traveling nurse position?

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SineQuaNon, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in ED, Family Practice, Home Health. Has 14 years experience.

Many states also have compact licensure agreements. For instance, if you're licensed in New Mexico you can also practice in Colorado, Arizona, and Utah without having to endorse.

2 hours ago, SineQuaNon said:

Many states also have compact licensure agreements. For instance, if you're licensed in New Mexico you can also practice in Colorado, Arizona, and Utah without having to endorse.

This is true as an RN... I'm not aware of any state that does not require their specific state license to practice as an APRN.

5 hours ago, SineQuaNon said:

Many states also have compact licensure agreements. For instance, if you're licensed in New Mexico you can also practice in Colorado, Arizona, and Utah without having to endorse.

Only so long as you maintain residency in the state in which you are licensed. If you relocate, you will need to apply for licensure in the new state.

2 hours ago, 203bravo said:

This is true as an RN... I'm not aware of any state that does not require their specific state license to practice as an APRN.

Idaho, North Dakota, and Wyoming have entered the APRN Compact.

https://www.NCSBN.org/APRN-compact.htm

Now if we could get 7 more states to sign on it could become a reality

Future MSN

Specializes in Public Health Science. Has 2 years experience.

4 hours ago, chare said:

Only so long as you maintain residency in the state in which you are licensed. If you relocate, you will need to apply for licensure in the new state.

Idaho, North Dakota, and Wyoming have entered the APRN Compact.

https://www.NCSBN.org/APRN-compact.htm

Thank you for taking the time to insert this link with information. And thank you for everyone's feedback. This online community has been wonderful and very knowledgeable.

Lets push this legislation forward! If I can sign any petitions. I would love to help. I think this can be very great for expanding care.

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