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Things to Know as an LPN or RN If You Move to Another State

Whether you’re a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or registered nurse (RN), you’re worked hard for your license. If you’re moving to a new state, you’ll probably want to know how to transfer your license with you, so your hard work isn’t wasted.

For most nurses, the process to transfer your license from one state to another can be fairly easy, but the exact method and requirements will vary a little from state to state.

Read on to learn how you can transfer your license to your new state when you move, and check here for great nursing job opportunities near you now where you live or in your new home city.

Transfer Your LPN or RN License

There are several ways to transfer your license to a new state, and that depends entirely on the state you’re moving from and the state you’re moving to. Many states have made this a relatively easy process by choosing to become part of the Nurse Licensure Compact.

What is the Nurse Licensure Compact?

You’ve likely heard about the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) during nursing school. As a refresher, the NLC is an agreement between many states that if you have an active LPN or RN license in one of those states, it applies to any of the other states that participate in the NLC. The NLC is meant to standardized nursing requirements, making it easy for nurses to move between states or work in multiple states at the same standards.

A newer version of the NLC is called the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). This version outlines more specific requirements and what you can do with your license in other eNLC states. The eNLC was released in 2018, and any nurse that qualified for the NLC before 2018 can qualify for the eNLC.

If you live in a state that wasn’t part of the NLC before 2018, and you got your LPN or RN license before January 19, 2018, you’ll need to look up your original board of nursing and apply through them for a multistate license. The states that this applies to are Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Most states are part of the eNLC. But if you’re moving to or from one of the following states that aren’t eNLC, you’ll need to contact the nurse licensing boards in your old and new states to learn how to transfer your license. States that aren’t part of the eNLC are the following: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

You can read more about the NLC and find the state nursing regulatory board that you need by doing an online search or through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

How Do I Transfer My License from One eNLC State to Another?

If your new and old states are part of eNLC, then transferring your license from one to another is fairly straightforward. Here are the basic steps that you’ll go through to transfer your license:

  1. Your LPN or RN license needs to be active and valid, and you can’t have any issues with it in the state you’re moving from.
  2. If you’re moving from one eNLC state to another eNLC state, go to the Nursys website and make sure you have a multistate license by looking yourself up.
  3. If you find that you do have a multistate license, then all you need to do next is request the transfer under the licensure verification option. Follow the instructions, pay $30 per license that you’re verifying, and you’re done!
If you don’t have a multistate license, you’ll need to contact the board of nursing where you originally got your license. They can walk you through the process of applying for a multistate license.

How Do I Transfer My License If I’m Moving To/From a Non-eNLC State?

If you’re moving to or from one of the seven states that don’t participate in the eNLC, you’ll have a different process to transfer your license:

  1. You’ll need an active and valid LPN or RN license in the state you’re moving from.
  2. Look up the state board of nursing for the state you’ll be moving to. On the board’s website, you’ll find instructions that will tell you what you’ll need to do in order to transfer your license to that state. The exact process will vary.
  3. You’ll need to fill out an application for licensure. There are a couple ways that you can apply for a license in the new state: either by exam or by endorsement. You’ll then need to pay a transfer fee. The state board of nursing will tell you which method you can apply with and the details of how to proceed, like how to take the exam or get an endorsement from your original board and state.
Depending on your current state and your future home state, the steps you’ll need to take to bring your nursing license with you when you move can be tedious, but it’s definitely worth it to make sure your years of hard work come with you when you move.
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Article was written by:

Michelle Paul

Michelle Paul is an RN Content Specialist at Clipboard Health. She has worked with a variety of patient demographics, ranging from young adults in foreign countries, to elderly residents in skilled nursing facilities, to healthy blood donors in her community. Her experience in content creation gives her a unique perspective on communication within the healthcare field.
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Four Ways to Become a Standout Nursing Student
How to Calm Student-nurse Jitters

Clinical education can make even the most confident student nurse jittery. Calm your anxiety with these tips.

When it’s time to trade mannequins and simulations for real patients, even the most confident student nurse can get a case of the jitters.

Many RNs-to-be worry not only about acing their clinical skills but also about getting along with patients and hospital personnel. “I tell students who are [starting their clinical education] that they really know more than they think they do, and that they actually can do the things they were trained to do,” says Susan Bankston, a senior at the University of Texas (UT) School of Nursing at Houston.

Try these tips to overcome your anxiety:

Realize You’re Normal

Even experienced nurses were once nervous students. “Every nurse starts out in exactly the same place feeling the exact same way,” says Donna Cardillo, RN, a career coach and author of Your First Year as a Nurse. She recommends asking more advanced students how far they’ve come since their first patient encounters and meeting with fellow students to vent and share experiences. “This gives you the sense that everybody has to go through it and makes you more comfortable,” she says.

Be Conscientious

Careful preparation may not completely banish your nervousness, but it will keep you busy so you won’t have time to stew. Perfect each skill in the clinical lab before attempting it in the hospital, says Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and executive associate dean at the UT School of Nursing at Houston.

Do your homework the night before meeting patients so you’re familiar with their care. If you’re shy, practice what you plan to say when entering a room, Sherwood advises. Bankston recommends getting plenty of rest the night before your clinical debut and allowing yourself ample time to get to the facility you’ll be working at.

Act Professionally

The basic rules of any workplace apply to students gaining hospital experience. Be friendly, make eye contact, and introduce yourself to patients and other health professionals, Cardillo recommends. Don’t expect all nurses to be talkative or helpful; they may be overburdened and stressed from staffing shortages or other difficulties.

“Take the initiative to help,” she suggests. “Offer to get supplies or turn a patient. If you’re friendly and helpful, people will want to be friendly and helpful to you.”

Other healthcare professionals will come to appreciate an eager student. “If you’re willing to do some of the dirty work that will alleviate their workloads, they’ll love you,” Bankston says.

Lean on Others

Acting professionally also means asking for help when you need it. Many students are relieved to learn that they’ll have a great deal of supervision and provide very little care independently during their first semester of clinicals. “There are lots of checks and balances in the care process, including the clinical instructor and other nurses,” Sherwood says. Clinical instructor styles may range from motherly to tough, Cardillo says, but all are there to answer questions and help shape you into a capable nurse.

Show You Care

The nursing school adage of “the patient doesn’t care how much you know, the patient wants to know how much you care” is generally true, Bankston says. Although Bankston fumbled the first few times she took a temperature or blood pressure, patients were usually tolerant. “Patients want to know that someone cares about them and is listening to them,” she says. Cardillo adds that patients also expect a student nurse to be as courteous and respectful of their privacy as any other nurse.


A little queasiness is normal when nursing students begin working with real flesh and blood. “I’ve gotten emails from students saying, ‘I thought I was going to throw up when I was doing a certain skill. Does that mean I shouldn’t be a nurse?'” Cardillo says. “Most nurses get over their queasiness or learn to work around it.”

However, do try to downplay your skittishness if possible. “You don’t want to look too nervous in front of patients, because it will make them jumpy,” says Fay Bower, RN, DNSc, FAAN, chair of the Holy Names University Department of Nursing in Oakland. “Some skills are scarier than others, but once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll be pretty good at it.”

July 7-9 No Classes

Sumner College’s student summer break takes place July 7-9th, 2021. Classes will resume on Monday, July 12th, 2021.  Sumner College administrative offices will remain OPEN during the student summer break.

Issues Facing the Post-Pandemic Nursing Workforce in Oregon – Stress and Emotional Health

On February 28, 2020, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Oregon, and less than a month later, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. Early in the pandemic, much concern was focused on an adequate supply of COVID-19 testing supplies, inventories of personal protective equipment (PPE), and the disruption of the nursing education pipeline as clinical education sites restricted access. Many nurse leaders worried about stress and burnout among nurses related to the shortages of PPE and the potential of hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. However, as the pandemic continued, and the number of cases rose across Oregon, more long-term impacts on frontline nurses’ emotional health and well-being emerged. While many of the short-term issues causing stress and anxiety (e.g., adequate supplies of PPE and testing materials) were resolved or reduced, concerns about the long-term emotional health and burnout among Oregon’s nursing workforce remain. Unfortunately, there is a lack of state-specific data and most of what we know about the stressors affecting nurses in Oregon is anecdotal. Many of the studies in the published literature are based on national or international samples of healthcare workers.

Download and read the entire article published by the Oregon Center for Nursing. LINK


Medical Assisting Salary Range

According to the NHA, Medical Assistants earn a median salary of $32,480 .

Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Professionalism, verbal communication, and critical thinking are the most important soft skills desired by employers of Medical Assistants

5 Key Stats About Medical Assistants

Medical assistants are critical to healthcare teams. The changing landscape of healthcare has expanded the role of this profession, which is why training and certification is so important.

With healthcare evolving constantly, it’s not always helpful to look back and it can be challenging to predict the future. But we can gain insights by studying the present.

So, what’s happening right now? The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) surveyed 197 medical assistant employers to find out. Here are five key stats they discovered. (For more, be sure to download the full PDF summary in the link below that is shared from the NHA original blog. 

46% of employers say medical assistants play more than one role in their organization

Medical assistants wear many hats. This shift may be attributed to the transition from a solo assistant to the provider to that of a highly valued, integral clinical team member. As more healthcare organizations shift to team-based care models, medical assistants are often a central part of the team, playing the role of a flow manager, running team huddles, preplanning patient visits and completing various health screenings.

medical assistants are responsible for performing advanced skills

medical assistants have more responsibility this year compared to last35% of employers believe that medical assistants have more responsibility this year compared to last

Taking on more roles also means more responsibilities. Some of the top skills needed include phone screening/triage, medical scribing, and health coaching. Medical assistants are being asked to work at the top of their license, freeing up providers to perform tasks that only they can.


Certification is the No. 1 criteria employers look for in medical assistant candidates

72% of employers said that when reviewing job applicants, certification was a screening criteria—more than any other criteria listed. Certification proves to employers that you have the knowledge and skills the job demands. Certification may also be required for certain job opportunities. Learn more about Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA).


Professionalism, verbal communication, and critical thinking are the most important soft skills desired by employers

As the role of medical assistant is elevated, soft skills become increasingly important. Two of the most important soft skills identified by employers—professionalism and critical thinking—are also identified as those most lacking in medical assistants. If you’re in the field, or considering starting a career as a medical assistant, you have a great opportunity to develop these skills and help advance your career opportunities. NHA has professional development opportunities for current certification holders!

Most important and most lacking soft skills in medical assistants

On average, a medical assistant interacts with 16 patients per day

They also interact with an average of 4.3 providers. This high level of both patient and provider interaction makes soft skills like communication key. Medical assistants often record vital signs, take medical history, administer medications and injections, and handle many other tasks working directly with patients. If you’re a “people person” — medical assisting is a great career path for you! Those who make patients feel comfortable can shine in this position.

Download the Industry Outlook “Understanding the Journey to Career Success”  Link

VANTAGE POINT The Role of Medical Assistants: Growth, Opportunity & Challenge

Article written by and shared from the National Healthcareer Association – July 2021

The field of medical assisting is on an upswing. Job postings per medical assistant (MA) completion more than doubled between 2011 and 2014, and the faster-than-average employment growth is likely to continue over the next decade.1,2

Healthcare system redesign strategies, which encourage providers to work at the top of their licenses, are opening up opportunities for medical assistants to engage in higher-level responsibilities, driving greater job satisfaction amongst medical assistants working in these roles.3

And some healthcare employers are now offering signing bonuses and career laddering opportunities to attract and keep medical assistants in their organizations. Despite positive growth trends, there are some challenges that make this a pivotal moment for the profession.

Employment outlook for medical assistants

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 23% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, which are expected to grow around seven percent.2

Not only are employment opportunities growing, but the number of MA completions is declining—further growing job opportunities for medical assistants.

Davene Yankle, nurse manager of clinical development for the Ohio Health Physician’s Group, said her organization is seeing MA shortages. “We are seeing a shortage in both primary care practices (PCPs) and specialty practices. Due to shortages, specialty practices are using administrative assistants in place of MAs, and in orthopedics we are using athletic trainers in place of MAs. In PCP areas, we are hiring more LPNs when we can find them.”

Pamala Smith, BSN, vice president chief nursing executive with Advocate Medical Group, said that they are also experiencing a shortage of medical assistants. “There are greater challenges in recruiting experienced medical assistants,” said Smith.

While MA shortages are beneficial for those seeking employment, the shortages do create challenges for employers. What can employers do to both find and retaingood MAs?

Employers can often increase the number of MA candidates they receive by partnering with schools in the following areas:

  • Student mentoring programs
  • Advisory panel participation
  • Performing mock interviews on students during capstone classes
  • Being an active participant in the school’s externship program

Partnering with an educational institution provides both students and employers with an opportunity to get to know each other and offers an edge to employer partners. Not only can employers increase their candidate pool, but they have an opportunity to interact with some of the program’s best candidates.

When experience is essential, working with medical staffing organizations and posting openings on web advertising sites can be beneficial. Offering signing bonuses, competitive salaries and career laddering opportunities will increase the number and quality of applicants, and help in employee retention.

Trends affecting MA job growth

The driver behind MA job growth – and the reason growth will continue–is an increased demand for access to care and industry trends which are changing the role of the MA.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths each year and treating people with chronic disease accounts for 86 percent of our nation’s healthcare spending.10 In efforts to reduce health care spending, emerging payment models such as Value-Based Purchasing (pay for performance) offer providers financial incentives for meeting particular health measures and reducing healthcare costs.11 Greater access to care and early intervention is a central theme in value based care models, which places greater burdens on the healthcare team to see larger numbers of patients and to interact more with patients between visits.

Increased demand for access to care

Trends requiring greater access to medical care include:

• Innovations and new treatments
• An aging population
• An increase in the numbers of patients with chronic diseases associated with obesity
• The Affordable Care Act

Advances in treatments and technology are allowing patients to live longer and healthier lives. Survival rates for diseases like cancer and heart attacks have greatly improved.

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer deaths fell 23% from its peak in 1991 to 2012.4 From 2003 to 2013 the death rate for coronary heart disease fell about 38%.5

The number of Americans over the age of 65 will increase by 17 million by 2025. Individuals over the age of 65 use much more healthcare than average — approximately three times that of a working-age person.1

Obesity is a major and growing problem that will increase the need for access to healthcare. The healthcare costs of obesity are expected to rise by $550 billion over the next two decades. More than one-third (34.9 percent or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are considered obese. By 2030, the problem is expected to be much worse: 42 percent of Americans will be obese, with 11 percent being severely obese (around 100 pounds overweight).6, 7 Obesity is a major contributor to chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia.

The Affordable Care Act has increased the need for access to healthcare and demand for services; 16.3 million Americans gained health insurance coverage from 2013 to 2015 .8,9 Though this act may be affected by the Trump administration, access to care will most likely be a priority issue in any replacement legislation.

The changing role of the MA

Almost all new trends in healthcare favor medical assistants as work shifts from higher-paid, higher- credentialed practitioners to lower-level, lower-cost practitioners, including the MA.1 Medical assistants have traditionally worked in support positions in ambulatory care environments, performing limited clinical and administrative tasks. However, theMA’s role is transitioning from a solo assistant to the provider to that of a highly valued, integral clinical team member.

Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have adopted a team-based care (TBC) approach in response to new payment models. In these environments, teams made up of providers, nurse case managers, medical assistants and other allied health professionals work collaboratively to help patients meet health goals. Providers are often encouraged to work at the top of their license, freeing up providers to do tasks only they can do. In turn, a cascading “top-of-license” or “abilities” approach flows throughout the rest of the team – including medical assistants.

Examples of ways that medical assistants can work at the top of their credential include stepping into the role of a flow manager, running team huddles, preplanning patient visits and completing various health screenings. Some organizations are now considering their most experienced medical assistants for the roles of a scribe, health coach, patient navigator, population health manager and patient care coordinator.

As medical assistants broaden their skill set, there will be significant pressure to perform at a higher level in the areas of professionalism, informatics and performing clinical tasks.

Elizabeth Thompson, medical practice administrator, Indiana University Health – Southern Indiana Physicians, believes that professionalism amongst MAs is increasing as a result of expanded roles in her organization. “The expectations are higher, and medical assistants are meeting these. As medicine moves to be more Lean, medical assistants understand that their role is vital because they are not as expensive as LPN/ RNs, but very vital to making ambulatory patient care work well,” said Thompson.

A time to shine

This is a unique period for medical assistants. Job opportunities are surging and the role of the medical assistant is expanding.

However, it is also a time in which organizations are sizing up medical assistants. Many organizations that either haven’t used medical assistants in the past or haven’t used medical assistants in expanded roles are experimenting to see if medical assistants are a good fit for their company.

Conversely, due to MA staffing shortages, companies are also experimenting with using other healthcare professionals to fill roles.

How can medical assistants answer the call during this great time of opportunity? MAs must work on skills and traits that are valuable to employers and patients. Pamala Smith said essential traits for medical assistants include “excellent customer service which ties into patient safety, the ability to multitask, being proficient with the EMR, and having good time management, the ability to think critically, being a self-directed learner, and the ability to effectively hand off if asked to do something out of your scope.”

Thompson agreed that modern MAs must show their worth on multiple levels. “MAs can show that they meet expectations by being reliable, thorough, safe, and in general, providing support through day-to-day patient care as well as specialized care, such as teaching, performing medication reconciliation, becoming an EMR super user and precepting,” she said.

In conclusion, recognition of medical assistants is at an all- time high and the role of medical assistants is expanding. As we enter this new era of healthcare, now is the time for medical assistants to shine. Now is the time for medical assistants to demonstrate they are up for the challenge by exuding professionalism and being committed to helping patients achieve their healthcare goals. Now is the time for medical assistants to validate their knowledge by becoming certified and investing in continuing education opportunities. Now is the time to pave a better path and better salaries for future medical assistants by earning the gift of today’s open doors.


  1. The Medical Assisting Education Market Report, © Gray Associates September 2015. As seen in NHA’s whitepaper, Medical Assisting: Opportunities and Requirements for Growth.
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Now Hiring | Nurse Educator Associate

Title: Nurse Educator Associate

Supervisor: Department Chair

Job Summary:

The Nurse Educator will teach, guide students in their labs and clinicals, along with enhancing the design of the curriculum. This person will also be responsible for evaluating students and giving feedback to students on how they are progressing in the program. The Nurse Educator will be a motivated and dedicated teacher who will stay current on the latest nursing research and communicate this information to students.


Duties and Responsibilities:

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Now Hiring | Nurse Educator

Title: Nurse Educator

Supervisor: Department Chair

Job Summary:

The Nurse Educator will teach, guide students in their labs and clinicals, along with enhancing the design of the curriculum. This person will also be responsible for evaluating students and giving feedback to students on how they are progressing in the program. The Nurse Educator will be a motivated and dedicated teacher who will stay current on the latest nursing research and communicate this information to students.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Contact HR for more information.

Now Hiring | Medical Assistant Instructor (Full Time)

Title: Medical Assisting Instructor (Full Time)

Supervisor: Medical Assisting Program Director

Job Summary:

The Medical Assisting Instructor will teach classes for the medical assisting program. As an instructor you will assist in developing curriculum, grading examinations, answering student questions and training students to be the best in their career. Through support and coaching, the instructor will promote and direct successful student learning. While complying with all state and federal laws.


Duties and Responsibilities:

● Have a strong understanding of topics to be taught and prepare well for lectures.

● Creates a learning environment that encourages student involvement and participation

● Participates in and contributes to curriculum development by planning, developing, and evaluating new and existing courses and curriculum.

● Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities.

● Integrates a variety of instructional techniques and enhancements, consistent with the physical resources of the teaching site, to reflect student needs/capabilities, and learning preferences.

● Prepares class sessions and assignments to help students grasp course content and how it integrates with overall student learning outcomes for the course.

● Teaches courses according to the syllabi descriptions and in accordance with defined course standards and outcomes.

● Documents students’ attendance, participation, and academic progress by giving and grading assignments, projects, quizzes and/or examinations that lead to a final grade, including feedback.

● Maintains and disseminates current information pertaining to services available to students throughout the school.

● Continued professional development and certification requirements.

● Performs other responsibilities requested by supervisor when requested.

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Now Hiring | Registrar

Title: Registrar

Supervisor: Dean of Students

Job Summary:

The registrar is responsible for the entering of classes and students into the SIS, scheduling of classes and rooms to support the instructional schedule, ensuring class sizes are in compliance with class size limits and the delivery of student schedules at the beginning of each academic term. The registrar is responsible for ensuring that the grading system in the SIS matches the grading system in course syllabi. The registrar is also responsible for the archiving and retrieval of all academic records as well as for processing transcript requests. Additionally, the registrar is responsible for the security, privacy and protection of student records and grade information as required by law. The registrar is directly responsible to and works at the direction of the Dean of Students.

Duties and Responsibilities:


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