Ask A Travel Nurse: State License

Ask A Travel Nurse: State License

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As a travel nurse do I need a license in every state I work in?

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[quote author=” – Gypsy Nurse, RN”]Thank you for reading The Gypsy Nurse. You have taken the first step on your journey to become A Gypsy Nurse.


The short answer is yes. There are a couple of exceptions to this general rule.  If you work for any government agency (VA or Military Hospitals), you can work on any state license.   The other exception would be if you are licensed in a compact state.  A compact license is good for work in any state that is part of the compact.  You can read more about compact licensing if this applies to you.

Most agencies will assist you in the licensing process.  As a licensed nurse , the process is not too complicated. It is mostly just a matter of providing the required paperwork, fingerprints and payment. The licensing requirements will vary from State to State. Check with the state Nursing Board to find out what is required in the state you are considering.[/quote]


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As a travel nursing educator, Candy aka Gypsy Nurse, RN has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, working up the ranks from CNA to LPN to RN. For the past eleven years, she’s worked as a travel nurse, allowing her to practice and live in 15 states throughout the U.S. Candy still works occasionally as a travel nurse but spends most of her time providing a supportive information and resources through and it's affiliated social networks.

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