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The Multi-State Nursing License: A Ticket to Travel

While keeping a flexible schedule is an important part of a successful travel nursing career, you can increase the short-term opportunities, assignments, and nursing jobs that come your way with a multi-state nursing license. Being a licensed member of the compact state nursing program means you can accept jobs in all states that are part of the compact.

It’s All About What You Know 

If you are a nurse who lives in a state that is part of the compact state nursing agreement, you can apply for your multi-state nursing license. The compact state licensing program ensures that all pertinent information about a nurse's licensure and discipline, past and present, is readily available in one location. This type of integrated system makes it easier for states in the compact to monitor nursing practice.

Multi-State Nursing Licenses- Frequently Asked Questions


How Does the Compact State Nursing License Program Work?

Under the Multi-State Nurse Licensure Compact, any nurse who is granted a license from a participating state must follow the practice laws and regulations of the state where they will be, or are currently, practicing. For example, it’s like having a driver’s license in your state of residency, but being accountable to the laws of any state in which you are driving.


What States Are Part of the Multi-State Nursing License Compact?

As of November 2015, 25 states were part of the multi-state nurse licensing program, including Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.


We’re Here to Help

We’ve got travel nursing opportunities and short-term assignments waiting all across the country. To learn more about the multi-state nursing license program, ask your NurseChoice career specialist, or visit the NCSBN's Nurse Licensure Compact page. The sooner you have your multi-state nurse license, the sooner you’ll gain access to new jobs—in new states!


Already have your Multi-State Nursing License?

NurseChoice has short-term, 4-13 week travel nursing assignments all across the country. Put your multi-state nursing license to work.

The More You Know, The Further You’ll Go

NurseChoice offers free nursing CEUS and CME resources for our RNs and travel nurses. Enhance your resume with the continuing education courses that make a difference.

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