To get license or not?


I have 100% decided to start traveling. My question now, should I go ahead and apply for my Florida nursing license?

I have talked to several agencies and they seem to think that traveling to Florida this winter should be no problem. I read on the internet that it takes several weeks to get my license so should I go ahead and get one?? It's fairly expensive, and I don't want to waste money if there isn't going to be a job available.

So what do you experiences travelers do about licenses?


410 Posts

Specializes in Paramedic,ER, House Supervisor, OR, CVOR.

If you know you only want to go to Florida then go ahead. There is a very slight chance that positions may not be as plentiful as in the past but there will still be a need. I have read that some places will not even look at you if you don't already have a license. Wasn't that way in the past. Good luck.


632 Posts

Specializes in Emergency Medicine. Has 17 years experience.

Get the license. It will take a while in Florida.

Many facilities want to hire travelers with license "in hand".

Don't get passed over because you have a great offer but you are waiting on Florida to actually process your paperwork for reciprocity.

The state boards that don't have a streamlined process or walk-thru capability really get my goat. I see them as government workers that aren't accountable for productivity and hide behind bureaucracy for their lackadaisical attitudes and ineptness. Get it done!


83 Posts

Thanks for your input. I will go ahead and apply for the license.

Other states I have looked into are walk-through and I guess if Florida doesn't work out, I can do that.


410 Posts

Specializes in Paramedic,ER, House Supervisor, OR, CVOR.

Florida used to have a walk through option in Jacksonville, is that no longer an available?