General Nurse Licensing Information:
Excited about your next travel nurse assignment? So are we!
Obtaining a State nursing license to practice in that State is required and it is your responsibility to complete the necessary steps of the licensing process. As a travel nurse, chances are you will be working in varies States with a variety of different licensing policies, so take the time to research your travel nursing destination and the State’s specific licensing requirements. Despite adding an extra step to the moving process, obtaining and maintaining a license in multiple States will provide you with greater opportunities to take nursing assignments with higher pay rates in your desired locations. It is important to be proactive when obtaining a new nursing license in a new state as some States with the highest paying assignments, such as New York and California, can take over a month to process an application. This process may seem intimidating but your family here at GIFTED Healthcare is here to guide you.
We understand that keeping all of the facts and requirements for each State’s license is difficult, so we created the following “cheat sheet” to help make life a little simpler. GIFTED Healthcare is dedicated to supporting our nurses, so please feel free to reach out to a GIFTED recruiter if you have any questions or concerns about obtaining a travel nursing license – We are happy to help:
Required Program Qualifications:
The necessary qualifications for each nursing license varies by State. To learn more about the specific requirements, such as usual processing times and qualification, associated with each State, click on the State below.
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) States:
The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) is applicable to any nurse who resides in one of the participating 29 States. The eNLC allows for any nurse residing in one of the participating 29 States to practice nursing in any of the other 29 States. This agreement forms the Compact State Alliance. There are several requirements for those nurses looking to obtain a license in compact state. In order to work in any compact state a nurse must:
- Have proof of residence in any one of the compact States
- Provide a current and active RN license in said State
The Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact offers nurses new opportunities in an expanding environment by grouping together the participating 29 States and not requiring individual licenses. For more detailed information regarding the eNLC click here.
The following states are currently participating in the eNLC:
Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States:
As of July 18th, 2018, the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) has been dissolved with all but one State joining the eNLC. Please see the section on eNLC requirements above.
Some would argue that Walk-through States allow nurses to obtain the necessary licensure in the quickest and more simple way. In fact, as a nurse, you can go to the board of nursing in said State, apply for a license in person and walk out with one within the hour if you are lucky! (The longest licenses in Walk-through States take 48 hours to receive) You will technically be receiving a temporary license that is usually only valid for 30 days up to 6 months. The point of providing temporary licenses is to get nurses working sooner without having to wait up to a month to get the required licensure. The following States are considered to be Walk-through States:
Other States – Licensure by Endorsement:
The following States have a variety of requirements and are neither a compact nor a walk-through State. Click on the individual States too view all necessary qualifications and information to achieve a nurse license in each State.