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What is a compact license and how do I go about getting one?

Friday September 28, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I am licensed in New Jersey and New York and considering getting licensed in Florida. What is a compact license and how do I go about getting one?

Florida Bound

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Florida Bound,

The Nurse Licensure Compact is an agreement between certain U.S. states allowing nurses who have an RN license in one of the compact states to work in another compact state without having to get an additional or separate license in that state. It is a multistate license of sorts, applicable only in the participating states. You can learn more about it and see which states are currently participating at https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm.

Unfortunately, neither New Jersey, New York nor Florida are part of the compact at this time. Therefore, to obtain a Florida license, you will need to apply directly to that state's board of nursing for licensure by endorsement

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