Please review this link: https://www.ncsbn.org/nurse-licensure-compact.htm
Here’s how it works: if you are a nurse who lives in a state that is one of the nursing compact states, you can get licensed to practice in all states that are members.
The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), sponsored by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), opens you up to a number of new nursing jobs, and makes the process of getting hired much easier.
When you get your multi-state nursing license, your information is stored in a shared database that can be accessed by all of the nursing compact states, meaning your work history, specialty, and other pertinent information is readily available to potential employers.
As of January 19, 2017 the current list of eNLC states included:
Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming
Please click here to read more about the eNLC: eNLC - List and Map of States
Quick facts about the compact nursing states:
- Your primary state of residence must be one of the compact nursing states. Primary residence is determined by where you file your tax return.
- Nurses must still obtain licenses to qualify for travel nursing jobs in non-compact nursing states.
- RNs, LPNs and LVNs are included in the compact. Advanced practice nurses are not.
- A nurse whose primary state of residence is a compact state can apply for a multistate license, which allows nurses to practice in all nursing compact states.
- Nurses who live in non-compact states but practice in a compact nursing state will be issued a nursing license valid only in that member state (single state license). The nurse will not be granted the "multi-state privilege to practice" in other compact states.
- Nurses are responsible for complying with the provisions of the Nurse Practice Act in all states where they practice.
- Find more information about the Nurse Licensure Compact on the NCSBN website.
What are "walk-through" states?
Certified Nursing Assistants have a different process and do not fall under the NLC
CNA Education and Certification Information
A certified nursing assistant, CNA, Certified Nurse Aide, Patient Care Assistant, or STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant) helps patients with activities of daily living and other needs under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse. CURE cannot place a CNA that has only private duty nursing experience! We can place them in nursing homes if they have the applicable recent experience. We can also place them in Hospitals, again if they have the applicable recent hospital experience. CNA’s must be certified in the state they are working in or want to work in!!!!! We cannot submit your candidates over unless they have valid, active, unencumbered certification in the state they you are submitting them or that they want to work in.
CNA professionals can transfer their CNA license from one state to another, this process is called reciprocity. By this process, your credentials get approved and your name gets listed on the Nurse Aide registry of the new state. All the states in the United States do not have reciprocity agreements / requirements; therefore, one has to collect information about this. The states which participate in the NLC (Nursing License Compact) and having reciprocity agreements are – Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. You will not have to retake the certification exam if the state in which you are currently working has a reciprocity agreement with the state where you intend to shift. If there is no reciprocity agreement between both the states, then you ought to take the program and exam again in the new state.
Nursing Licensure time frames by state listed below for reference