transfer of license???

  1. Does anyone out there know about licensing in a state that is different from the one you will graduate in? I will graduate with BSN in Arkansas but will move to Florida ASAP after graduation.Do I just go ahead and test with my classmates in Arkansas and then apply in Florida to transfer the license or move and test in Florida? Help-testing in Florida may mean a bigger delay and I want to be at my brainy best for the NCLEX!!!
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   sunnygirl272
    test in ark....but meanwhile contact florida and make sure you meet their requirements/ start the paperwork for when you get there....
  4. by   nursegoodguy
    http://www.ncsbn.org/
    Found something for ya...
  5. by   caroladybelle
    Be prepared to wait a long long time for your Florida license.

    Florida and one other state are known to be the bureacratically most hideous ones to get licensed in. Expect that it will take between 3 monthes to 1 year to get your license. And expect to use up 30 minutes to several hours of phone time to track the paper work.

    Yes, they have a nursing shortage - and they wonder why. That and the pay rates are lousy.

    Carolina in the South - a native Floridian.
  6. by   pebbles
    The different licensing for each state is just rediculous! Having to do the whole process twice... Which other state has the long beurocracy, out of curiosity?

    Each canadian province has reciprocity with the others, and they know that nurses are in need everywhere, so they don't take too long with paperwork... I think the licensure compact is waaay overdue in the states.

    I think you should just apply to license in Florida right away, you can write the NCLEX wherever you may be. As long as Florida apporoves of your educational program, which I don't see as a problem... That way, you aren't doing everything twice (including some fees!). Maybe getting an initial license in Florida is faster that getting a transfer license?

    Good luck!
  7. by   sunnygirl272
    i had always heard that a nys license was held in high regard...BS!!! when i moved to PA i had to do a whole song & dance...nursing licenses and scopes of practice should be the nationwide...
  8. by   BadBird
    When I moved from Fl to Pa I called the state board of nursing in Pa, they sent me paperwork that I filled out and had to sent to Fl nursing board to verify that I was in good standing, I also had a name change as well as a address change, sent a check and within a month I had my Pa license with my new married name on it. It took Fla 4 mos to just change my name. By the way if you move make sure the nursing board has your correct address as they will not forward any professional licenses in any state. Don't you wish there was just 1 universal nursing license, it would make life so much easier but I guess each state wants their money.
  9. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    the best thing you can do is NCLEX in ark and also apply for licensure in flordia with results pending. You will have when all paperwork is finished a license in ark and florida, florida will take your records from your school and apply them with a pending status , for your NCLEX results.you will hold 2 licenses when you pass your NCLEX but it will result on your passing status. Once you have a valid license in ark, florida will grant you a license in the state because they will transfer the status.
    I have a FL,GA,AL,MS,CA,NE license and I have never had to wait but in florida you will need to complete a class on hiv, and domestic violence it is a requirement it would be advisable that you complete them while you wait so it will not hinder your licensing.
    zoe
  10. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by BadBird
    When I moved from Fl to Pa I called the state board of nursing in Pa, they sent me paperwork that I filled out and had to sent to Fl nursing board to verify that I was in good standing, I also had a name change as well as a address change, sent a check and within a month I had my Pa license with my new married name on it. It took Fla 4 mos to just change my name. By the way if you move make sure the nursing board has your correct address as they will not forward any professional licenses in any state. Don't you wish there was just 1 universal nursing license, it would make life so much easier but I guess each state wants their money.
    There are many states now...that you can get multi-state licensure, but Florida isn't one of them! Thankfully TX, and AZ are...and I didn't have bother with getting another license to work in AZ....as they joined Compact...on 7/01/02...7 days before my assignment here started..
  11. by   vettech
    Originally posted by Brownms46


    There are many states now...that you can get multi-state licensure, but Florida isn't one of them! Thankfully TX, and AZ are...and I didn't have bother with getting another license to work in AZ....as they joined Compact...on 7/01/02...7 days before my assignment here started..
    Anywhere we can see a list of what states have joined?
  12. by   Anaclaire
    I obtained my original license in Georgia where I took my NCLEX. I worked with several traveling nurses over the years and I remember them saying if I ever went traveling, I should ALWAYS keep my Georgia (original) license active since that is the one where I went to school and passed the NCLEX... that all other states would really want to use that original license as the one they use to give permission for a license in another state.

    Does anyone else know if this is true in EVERY situation? It sounds reasonable to me....

    I've recently moved to Alabama and am in the process of doing some more "classroom" type continuing education which is required to obtain a license here. Not all states require CEU's but Alabama does.

    By the way, I've often heard that Florida and California are the two states which are difficult to obtain reciprocity licenses from. Any comments on that one?
  13. by   pebbles
    How bout this question....

    Anyone know of any states that do NOT have reciprocity with each other... ie that you'd be refused a transfer of license?
    Or is it just "more complicated" in some states than others?
  14. by   Brownms46
    First ...what the travelers told you is partially correct. Yes every state board will check with your original licensure state. Some will check every state you have a license in. But you do NOT have to keep your original state active to get endorsement to another state. You do however have to pay your original state a fee...for them to send your verify your NCLEX scores.

    Now is CA...can be a walk thru state...as long as you have your original board send your scores...and do a "live scan" of your fingerprints. "Live scan can be done anywhere in CA, and the results are available to the board within 72hrs. If you do manual fingerprints....then this could take 12 weeks or more to get your license. The hole up with CA is the getting the fingerprints back.

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