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Louisiana Going Compact for Nursing on July 1st!

Louisiana is officially the 31st state to go Compact for nursing (NLC)! This is fantastic news for travel nurses who want to be able to explore different cities and states and not have to undergo the process of obtaining  a brand new license every time.

What this Means for Louisiana Based Nurses

If you are a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse who holds a license in Louisiana that’s in good standing, you may now convert that same license into a compact license, which will allow you to practice in all 31 states.

Which States Are Compact?

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. Colorado
  5. Delaware
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Idaho
  9. Iowa
  10. Kansas
  11. Kentucky
  12. Louisiana
  13. Maine
  14. Maryland
  15. Mississippi
  16. Missouri
  17. Montana
  18. Nebraska
  19. New Hampshire
  20. New Mexico
  21. North Carolina
  22. North Dakota
  23. Oklahoma
  24. South Carolina
  25. South Dakota
  26. Tennessee
  27. Texas
  28. Utah
  29. Virginia
  30. Wisconsin
  31. Wyoming

What You’ll Need to Gain Your Compact License

  1. You must reside in your home state.
  2. You must hold an active, unencumbered home state license
  3. Must not have been convicted or pled guilty to a felony offense under state or federal criminal law
  4. Must not have been convicted or entered into an agreed disposition of a misdemeanor offense related to the nursing practice as determined by the board
  5. Must not be enrolled in an alternative program/the recovering nurse program
  6. The multi-state license provides you the “privilege to practice” only in other compact states
  7. If your residency moves from one state to another, you must apply for a new primary state of residency license.  View the current map of the states in the NLC.
  8. You must submit a Multistate Conversion Application
  9. Submit fingerprints for an FBI background check (this encores an additional fee)
  10. Submit the conversion fee of $50.90
  11. Your renewal requirements for renewal remain unchanged and unaffected by the conversion application (From GypsyNurse.com)

Want to learn more? Visit NCSBN.org to learn how you can get started with your compact license.

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