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by KaforeignRN KaforeignRN (New) New

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I am a foreign nurse and was able to get a license in Florida, I am currently living in Texas. Has anyone experienced same situation? If so, what kind of Nursing jobs I can apply to? Remote positions?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Which state were you a legally resident of when you applied for you FL license?f

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If you are a resident of a compact state, you are not allowed to apply for licensure in another compact state.  If you were a resident of TX, you should have applied for licensure there. 

ETA: Regardless, if you want to work in TX you are going to have to apply for licensure there as you can not work there on a FL single-state license.

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Well, I am well aware of that, however, I could not apply in Texas as they require for foreign nurse to have worked as a registered nurse within 5 years of the application and that isn't my case.  I was allowed, I did and I have my license. 

If we could just focus on my question and share experience, that would be very helpful,  

Thanks for your reply. 

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The answer to your question as to what "kind of nursing jobs you can apply to," living in TX, using a FL single state license: None.  To apply for, and work as a nurse, you must be licensed in the state in which you are going to be working.  Unfortunately, your single-state nursing license is not valid in TX.

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I don't believe your statement is correct. Again thanks for your reply. I will keep waiting for others to answer. 

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CKPM2RN has 3 years experience as a ASN, EMT-P and specializes in Emergency/Med-Tele.

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Would it be possible to use your Florida license to work in a federal or Native American facility? I frequently receive ads from a staffing company which specializes in placement in high-need, federal positions. 

PM me if you want the info. Honestly, if I were single with no responsiblities I would look into some of the offers.

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3 minutes ago, CKPM2RN said:

Would it be possible to use your Florida license to work in a federal or Native American facility? ...

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I think you might be correct with this.

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FurBabyMom has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN.

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It is possible that you could use your FL license in a federal facility.  However, I don't think that you would get through the background check process without them asking why you applied for a FL license while residing in Texas without a plan to move to FL for a job. I guess it's possible it may not come up. But in general, the VA and IHS system have a rigorous background check.

Alternatively, you can go to Florida and work there.  There are so many questions that happen when you apply for licensure by endorsement that I'm not sure that Texas wouldn't have questions if you neither work in a federal facility or in Florida for some time.

Practicing as a nurse with a FL license while living in TX is illegal as you've noted your FL license is single state.  If you had a multistate (compact) license you could practice in other multistate (compact) license without reapplying, provided you do not permanently move.

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On 3/15/2020 at 10:27 AM, FurBabyMom said:

It is possible that you could use your FL license in a federal facility.  However, I don't think that you would get through the background check process without them asking why you applied for a FL license while residing in Texas without a plan to move to FL for a job. I guess it's possible it may not come up. But in general, the VA and IHS system have a rigorous background check.

Alternatively, you can go to Florida and work there.  There are so many questions that happen when you apply for licensure by endorsement that I'm not sure that Texas wouldn't have questions if you neither work in a federal facility or in Florida for some time.

Practicing as a nurse with a FL license while living in TX is illegal as you've noted your FL license is single state.  If you had a multistate (compact) license you could practice in other multistate (compact) license without reapplying, provided you do not permanently move.

That was my question, I didn't think you could get a single state license without living in the state.   Did you use a friend or relative's Florida address?  Anyway, you might be able to get a telehealth job if the company is based in Florida.  Or Indian Health like mentioned, MAYBE VA.  If there a citizen you can apply for the military.  I can't think of any other jobs if FL is your only license, you certainly can't work in TX without a TX or multistate license

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Hello Guys, 

Thank you for all of your replies. I appreciate your input and opinions. I decided to apply for endorsement in Texas. Let see how it goes. 

Ha! No I used my address from Texas and that's the reason I have a single state license, if I lived in Florida and had applied with my address from Florida I would have a compact state license. I am still waiting for my license to get in the mail. So I may get a compact state license. I don't know. 

Best to you all! 

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