Ask A Travel Nurse: Compact Licensure

Ask A Travel Nurse: Compact Licensure

Travel Nurse compact licensureGypsy,

I’m just beginning to realize the headache involved in applying for nursing licenses in other states…

How long do I have to live in a compact state to obtain compact licensure? Also, do you automatically have a compact license if you are a nurse in a compact state? It’s so confusing!

Flighty One

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Flighty One,

Thank you for contacting The Gypsy Nurse.  Licensure can be a headache.  As for the compact license, you will be eligible once you have established your state residency.  Usually this requires auto registration, drivers license, banking and voter registration.  Check with each states BON to determine their specific requirements.

I recently wrote an article addressing Compact State licensure.  Please read through the Compact State Licensure Article and let me know if you have further questions.

I hope that this helps to answer your questions.



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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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  1. […] 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 […]

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