What is a Compact Nurse License?

by Staff Writer

sb10069454x-001Q: What is a compact license?

A: A compact license allows a nurse to have one license (in his or her state of residency) and to practice in other states. Under mutual recognition, a nurse may practice across state lines unless otherwise restricted. To obtain a compact license, you must declare a compact state as your primary state of residency and hold a nursing license in good standing.

The following states are compact states:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Source: National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

Q. I love to read! Can you suggest some good books for me to read while I’m traveling?

A: We’ve made a list of the fiction, nonfiction and advice books we enjoy. Here are a few favorites:


  • The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (also a movie)
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (also a movie)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (check out the Oscar-winning movie!)
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark


  • 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read by Jesse Ventura with Dick Russell
  • All That Is Bitter and Sweet by Ashley Judd with Maryanne Vollers
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey

Good advice

  • Love Wins by Rob Bell
  • Eva’s Kitchen by Eva Longoria and Marah Stets
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  • Now Eat This! by Rocco DiSpirito
  • The 17 Day Diet by Mike Moreno

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  1. Donnie Thompson says:

    I am new to the agency and need to know if they offer a cell phone discount. Please let me know if you have any info on this….

    • Lindsay Wilcox says:

      Hi, Donnie —

      Thank you for your comment on the RNnetwork blog! Unfortunately, we do not currently offer cell phone discounts for our travelers. However, we are looking into this currently and will let you know if we’re able to offer this benefit in the future.

      Please reach out to me if you have further questions.

  2. Kathy Villarreal says:

    Do they have tuition reimbursement?

    • Lindsay Wilcox says:

      Hi, Kathy. RNnetwork does not currently provide tuition reimbursement for travelers. However, we do offer continuing education units (CEU), free online education classes that can help our nurses learn new skills. We also offer nurse licensing and certification reimbursements, as well as travel and mileage reimbursements. You’re welcome to reach out to a recruiter for more information at 855.289.9766.