Their Licensing

For the most part the licensing your spouse will need for each assignment varies from state-to-state. This is currently changing but it has a long way to go before there’s a nationwide solution to the variations.

Start Early

Agencies are certainly competitive. Even before accepting her first assignment, Mary was fielding calls from three or more agencies every week. And even after she started working, they haven’t let up. Some agencies will ask specific questions in the morning, and might call a couple more times that day with answers or possibilities. They understand the timeliness of the licensing processes, how much testing, lab work, and other items are needed. They work hard to get your spouse’s attention, and for good reason.

Think about this for a moment: Each assignment your spouse will take on will generally be thirteen weeks. Licensing for a particular state, if they don’t have it yet or if it’s expired, can take from four-to-six weeks to get. If they already have that license, there aren’t many time constraints. If not though, if you figure in one week between assignments to move from one to the other, the application process for a license needs to be completed about five weeks before the current assignment ends. As it takes time to weed through the offers they’ll get in order to find what you both want, along with the interview process and all that goes with it, they need to start looking for their next assignment just a two or three weeks into the current one.


In a nutshell, once your spouse has their license they use an endorsement of that license to receive licensure in another state. If your spouse is an RN or LPN/VN,* is operated by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.* as a method for providing these endorements through their database for participating states. Make sure you and your spouse know not al states yet participate in nursys, so that part of the process may take additional time. When in doubt, again, start the necessary endorsement as early as possible.

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)*

Under the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)*, also developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.*, if your spouse has a license from an NLC-participating state, they’re not then required to get the license from another participating state in order to practice there. If your spouse has a license from such a state, it’s definitely easier to prepare for assignments in other NLC states.

*Note: The listing of a specific brand is merely my own recommendation, and does not indicate an endorsement of this site by the brand’s owner or their staff in any manner whatsoever.

page updated 9/20/2018