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Foreign-trained nurses who have passed the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) have equal opportunities to work in different healthcare facilities including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, etc. across all 50 states of the United States of America. However, licensure requirements for each state must be met.

If you have an RN license from one of the 33 states that constitute the “compact states” that means you have an Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), also called multistate license. With this license, you can work in any of the remaining 32 states without the need to apply for that specific state’s RN license.

This means that after you have completed your contract with our partner agency, you can work in any of the remaining 32 states without the need for another state license. Also, if you would like to do travel nursing after your contract ends, the multistate license will be of great benefit to you as you will not need to apply for a new license for each of the states you will be traveling to for work as long they are part of the 33 compact states. This will save you a lot of money as you will not be paying license fees for each state you want to work in.

MedStar Staffing can also place you on short-term travel nursing contracts after your full-time contract ends. Travel nursing can be exciting and very rewarding as it gives you an opportunity to travel around the United States and explore different states while you gain great experiences working as a nurse in different hospitals.

COMPACT STATES (Members of the eNLC)


The 33 states listed below have enacted the nurse licensure compact as of July 1, 2020:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
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