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Ask a Travel Nurse: Do you have any info about new compact nurse licensure states?


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Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

I have a compact state RN license (KY). I am an ER traveling nurse. I am interested in work in Illinois and Georgia, because of family. I have heard both are going to become compact states soon. Do you have any info concerning this?

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

While I have seen some info on this, there is one thing that I have learned as a traveler and that is to never get board information from anyone other than the board itself. While states may have entered into compact licensure, is that already in effect? Or, when does it take effect? Is it the same process as other compact licensure? Are the requirements for licensure the same as other states? All of these questions need to be asked and only asked of the board itself. Even when I have my recruiter give me board information about upcoming assignments, I ALWAYS check with the board itself.

The two links I find for these boards are: Georgia ( – and Illinois (

Hope this helps.



About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

2 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: Do you have any info about new compact nurse licensure states?"

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  1. This is the latest information that I have obtained. At this time, both states are not compacted. Thus, you can still get a nursing license through endorsement. This requires contacting the nursing board and explain that you are interested in obtaining a nursing position in the state. The paper work can take up to two months to obtain. Thus, if you plan to work in these non-compact states without a compact license, apply for endorsement and continue to work in the compact states until approved. Then you can apply for a Illinois or Georgia procedure when the endorsement becomes effective.

  2. David says:

    The most up to date info will be on the NLC site at:

    After you find the info you seek, always be sure to confirm it with the board of nursing in the state in which you wish to work.


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