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If you lose your nursing license, can you switch states? 

On Behalf of | Oct 7, 2022 | Nursing License Defense |

You get a nursing license in the state where you’re going to practice. If you lose that license, you may feel like you have no other career options. You’re no longer allowed to apply for jobs in the career that you’ve chosen because you’re not a licensed nurse within your state.

But could you just move to a different state? Say that you faced some sort of disciplinary action and your license was taken away. You may not be able to work here anymore, but could you simply buy a plane ticket, fly to another state, and start your career all over again?

You can only transfer an active license

It is possible to transfer your license in some situations, but you need to have an active and valid license in order to do so. This is true if you’re going to an eNLC state or a non-eNLC state. Either way, if there are issues with your license, such as the fact that it was revoked by the licensing board, then you’re not going to be able to obtain one in another location.

In some cases, people try to falsify their records. This becomes harder and harder to do with the rise of electronic records, where everything can quickly be checked. But it’s important to know that you always have to be honest about the status of your license. If you apply for a job out of state and they ask you about your license, you can’t lie to them or deceive them in order to get the job. If so, you could face serious ramifications when found out.

What all of this shows you is that it’s incredibly important to know about all of your options to defend your license if you’re in jeopardy of losing it.

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