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?
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
What You’ll Need to Gain Your Compact License
- You must reside in your home state.
- You must hold an active, unencumbered home state license
- Must not have been convicted or pled guilty to a felony offense under state or federal criminal law
- 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
- Must not be enrolled in an alternative program/the recovering nurse program
- The multi-state license provides you the “privilege to practice” only in other compact states
- 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.
- You must submit a Multistate Conversion Application
- Submit fingerprints for an FBI background check (this encores an additional fee)
- Submit the conversion fee of $50.90
- 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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