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Can you tell me if it is possible to get a reciprocal registration in Florida? If so, how I should go about the process and what is involved?

Wednesday May 15, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I was trained overseas and have a three-year bachelor’s degree in nursing. I have heard it is possible to get a reciprocal registration in Florida. Can you tell me if this is true? If so, how I should go about the process and what is involved?

Wants to Work in Florida

Dear Wants to Work in Florida,

Unless your nursing education was in a U.S. territory, you will need to have your overseas education verified to become eligible to take the RN licensing exam in Florida. You also will have to apply to the Florida Board of Nursing (www.floridasnursing.gov/licensing). Find the regulations, along with links to required forms and frequently asked questions here: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing/info_EduOutUS.pdf.

Best wishes,
Donna


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