As a travel nurse do I need a state license in every state I work in?
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The short answer is yes. There are a couple of exceptions to this general rule. If you work for any government agency (VA or Military Hospitals), you can work on any state license. The other exception would be if you are licensed in a compact state. A compact license is good for work in any state that is part of the compact. You can read more about compact licensing if this applies to you.
Most agencies will assist you in the licensing process. As a licensed nurse , the process is not too complicated. It is mostly just a matter of providing the required paperwork, fingerprints and payment. The licensing requirements will vary from State to State. Check with the state Nursing Board to find out what is required in the state you are considering.
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