Changing jobs is always stressful. There are so many new things to learn, new faces to meet, and a new schedule to get used to. And if you’re not only changing jobs but changing states, the stress can be overwhelming.

While you know that you want to continue your nursing career, you may be confused about how to go about getting your nursing license in a different state. But never fear, because Therapia is here to walk your through the steps of getting that new license.

Compact Nursing License States

The first step to getting a nursing license in a new state is researching whether or not that state participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). There are a total of 25 states that will allow you to transfer your nursing license state to state.

Basically, this means that if you have a license in one of these 25 states, then your license is good in all of those states. You won’t have to get re-licensed in your new state. You can find a complete list of states at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

If you are moving permanently to your new state, you must make sure to change your primary residency on your license. And you have 30 days after residency to find a new job.

Non-Compact States

If your nursing license is in a state that is not a part of the Nurse Licensure Compact, then you will have to go through the process of applying for a new license in your new state. It is possible to transfer your license without retaking the NCLEX exam, but it’s best to contact the nursing board of your new state to find out their individual guidelines.

Finding a New Nursing Job

After you’ve completed the process of getting your nurse’s license in new state, then it’s time for you to actually find a new job. Whether you’re a seasoned nursing pro or just looking for your first nursing job, Therapia has a wide variety of job openings that are ready to be filled. We will help you find the perfect position for your skill set, whether that is in a hospital, a home setting, or an outpatient clinic. You can search through the positions on our website or fill out our contact form to get started!