I have an RN license in Washington State, but I’ve been a full-time stay at home mom for a little over 2 years. I don’t really have any intentions of going back to work any time soon. I renewed my license on time in March, but what do I do next year? I won’t have enough working hours next year. How does that all work? I certainly don’t want my license to expire and don’t mind paying my fees every year even though I’m not working.
There are several states which do not require so many working hours or continuing education to keep an active license, they just want you money every year, like WA was until a few years ago. While you still have an active WA license, apply for an out of state license in one of these states … I don’t remember which ones, but a friend and I looked it up recently, and found several, I think Colorado was one? Anyway, get a license in one of these states and keep it active by paying the license fee every year, that way if you want to go back to nursing in WA, you can just apply for a new license, which is easier if you have a current license from out of state, as opposed to a lapsed license in state.
Thanks so much for the info! I will look into this for sure!
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