After we posted our story about how new enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact states are handling the transition process, we got some specific questions from readers about the topic.
Last week, we answered the first one about whether some Florida hospitals are still requiring single state licenses despite being a eNLC state, and today we’ve got another question from a Florida-native nurse.
Q: “I have Florida, North Carolina, and Massachusetts licenses. My home state is Florida. Do I still have to renew my North Carolina single state license even though it lapsed? ” — Stephanie M.
A: That’s a good question, Stephanie. Whether or not to renew a license depends on your home state.
Nurses who received their primary license in a non-eNLC state are still required to obtain single state licenses as usual, according to the National Council of State Nursing Boards. This rule was carried over from the old NLC.
Luckily, since your home state is in Florida, you don’t have to renew your single state in North Carolina as long as you meet the qualifications for a multistate license. In fact, North Carolina wouldn’t be allowed to give you a single state license if you already have a multi-state, under Section 401 of the official eNLC rules.
For reference, here are the new uniform requirements to qualify for a multistate license:
- Meets the requirements for licensure in the home state (state of residency)
- Has graduated from a board-approved education program; or has graduated from an international education program approved by the authorized accrediting body in the applicable country and verified by an independent credentials review agency
- Has passed an English proficiency examination (applies to graduates of an international education program not taught in English or if English is not the individual’s native language)
- Has passed an NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN examination or predecessor exam
- Is eligible for or holds an active, unencumbered license (i.e., without active discipline)
- Has submitted to state and federal fingerprint-based criminal background checks
- Has no state or federal felony convictions
- Has no misdemeanor convictions related to the practice of nursing (determined on a case-by-case basis)
- Is not currently a participant in an alternative program
- Is required to self-disclose current participation in an alternative program
- Has a valid United States Social Security number.
Keep in mind that every state will most likely have a fee to upgrade your single state license to a multi-state. Florida charges a one-time fee of $100.
If you don’t qualify for a multi-state license, don’t fret–you may still be eligible for that state’s single state license requirements.
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