CROSS COUNTRY

Nurse Licensure
Guide

How to get licensed to work in any state

How to get licensed to
work in any state

If you hold a multi-state license, you can work in any state that is part of the compact. This is great news to meet the COVID-19 demand for nurses and it offers travel nurses a lot of flexibility. By working with Cross Country Nurses, you will get expert support to expedite the licensing process for you to work in any of the 50 U.S. states. Here are states that are a part of the compact licensure for nursing:

More helpful information

If you’re a staff nurse with a Registered Nurse (RN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Degree and have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), then you already have the right certifications to be a travel nurse. But you will need a license to work in any state outside of your home state. That’s where we can help!
Most hospitals and healthcare facilities prefer travel nurses to have at least one year of nursing experience in the specialty they will be contracted for, although some facilities require two years of experience. This can vary by assignment and hospital, so the best way to find out if you will qualify for a specific assignment is to reach out to a recruiter directly. We likely have the perfect assignment for you.

Cross Country Nurses will support you every step of the way to get you ready to be a travel nurse. We will help you navigate the compliance steps and regulatory paperwork, including:

• Vaccination records and a physical exam
• Copies of your license and certifications
• A drug test and background check
• Additional documentation that could be specifically required by certain healthcare facilities

Compact licensure is nationwide, although there are certain states for which you can receive a multi-state license to allow you to work in any compact state. Non-compact states require you to have that specific state’s licensure. There are 35 compact states and 15 non-compact states. (See the list.) But, just because you have a state license in a state that becomes compact doesn’t mean your license automatically becomes multi-state. As a nurse, you have to apply specifically for a multi-state license. We will help you to do that!

Do you have a multi-state license? You can easily check to see if your license is multi-state or not through Nursys, a free national database to verify nurse licensure, discipline, and practice privileges for RNs and LPNs/LVNs. Download a report to list out each and every state in which you are eligible to practice.

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