Quote from nurz2be
I am a student, obviously, and someone in my class said that his mom is an RN who has traveled and she told him that each time she switched states she had to retake the NCLEX? Huh? I was under the impression the NCLEX was a National test. Am I missing something? I DEARLY want to be a traveler but cannot IMAGINE having to retake the NCLEX each time I change states.
Could you kind folks clear this one up for me..... THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
I am new to traveling, but haven't heard of such a thing. For what I know, you can get a nursing license (first a temporary one, and then you get a permanent one) in a different state, by endorsement. I am currently in Texas, and have just learned of the 'Nurse Licensure Compact'. If you live in one of the following states, you can work as a RN, in any of those states, with your current nursing license:
Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky (recently joined 10/07), Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin
I think this is great, as it definately makes it easier for a nurse to work in any state, without the cost and hassle of obtaining a new license. It is going to cost me $200, just to get my permanent Texas license. They did give me a 'temporary' license, which is good for 120 days. I also have to pay for finger printing.
If you are considering traveling, you will have to work and get some experience first. But it's a great way to see the world, and get paid for it
Hope this helps.