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Physician license

With all the focus on teachers and nurses please consider physicians and other healthcare professionals too. Obtaining new medical licenses in various states is very time consuming and expensive. Our careers are uprooted enough as it is without the added stress if not knowing when a license will be approved during your job search.

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How we talk about military spouse licensing

I'm really encouraged to see this issue given attention! I think it's important consider how we talk about military spouse licensing and how much we talk about it. I see a lot of materials that talk about the unemployment rate, moving a lot, and making it easier for us to transfer our licenses. But I'm not sure that they do a good job of communicating to states and agencies about WHY these changes are necessary. In ...more »

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Base Commanders must hire spouses

Base-level commanders need to make a sincere commitment to hiring spouses in the area. They need to continually remind hiring managers and hold them accountable when “outsiders” are hired: was there really not a qualified spouse? Army TJAG made this commitment a couple years ago that Army legal offices with civilian positions would strive to fill them with spouse attorneys/paralegal/etc. It works, and it means meaningful, ...more »

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Remote Work for Federal Employees

More should be done to support and provide for remote work and career continuity for military spouses who secure federal jobs. I had worked for the VA for three years when my spouse was notified she was being assigned to a base across the country. My position allowed for employees to work remotely if approved; however, at the time I needed to apply, they only conducted this application process two times a year and an ...more »

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Utah Passes a Portability Bill for Military Spouse Licensure

In the area of spouse employment and professional license portability, in March 2018, Utah codified into law the exemption of virtually all state professional and occupational licensing requirements (the one exception was insurance) for service members and military spouses provided they have and maintain a license in another state. Simply put, professional licenses from other states are good in Utah. This includes the ...more »

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Credentialing

If military spouse has a credential from another state-and the requirements equal to federal or are stricter than federal, it should transfer to the new state without having to re-test. Keep same expiration date and then re-testing required.

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Great NEWS for OUR MILITARY SPOUSES: Welcoming Military Spouses to LinkedIn’s Military and Veterans Program

Good morning! I’m writing with an exciting announcement regarding LinkedIn’s Military & Veterans Programs, and to seek your help spreading the word to expand the reach of this new initiative. Background: Since 2011, LinkedIn has invested in resources, training, and partnerships for our active servicemembers and veterans to support the transition from military to civilian life. Today, we’re expanding this program to ...more »

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Improving License Portability Through Interstate Compacts

The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact is now active in 29 states, improving license portability for RNs and LPN/VNs that reside in those states. If a military spouse that is a nurse needs to move from one state to another, he or she can do so and get to work quickly claiming residence in an eNLC compact state if While many states have adopted interstate compacts for a number of health professions to allow practice across ...more »

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How the NLC works for Federal/Military nurses and spouses

Federal, Veterans Administration, Military and Indian Health Services Nurses: The NLC allows RNs and LPNs to have one multistate license in the primary state of residence (the home state) and practice in other compact states (remote states), while subject to each state’s practice laws. Advanced practice nurses (APRNs) are not included in the NLC. Based on federal supremacy, nurses in this category are exempt from licensure ...more »

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License ideas for spouses with good standing

I am an speech-language pathologist that dreads every PCS due to licensing applications and the time, anxiety, and cost related acquiring a new license in each state. What would help me is this: 1) reciprocity granted to active duty military spouses coming from one state to another who are within good standing in their old state, 2) a six month temporary license with each PCS order if I am in good standing from my previous ...more »

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Empower Those Who Empower Veterans

As a spouse of a retired veteran I would like to let people know that spouses serve. We contribute to the family income, we ensure maintenance is done on the home, and that our children's needs are met. It is inconvenient at best for a family to move miles from their family and childhood friends who provide support during difficult times, and at worst it is demoralizing. Military spouses do it because we are proud ...more »

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Practical Ways to Improve Licensing

For veterinarians, most states require several things to issue a license. Proof of graduation from an accredited veterinary school (or passing the ECFVG exam for foreign graduates), submitted proof of passing the national board exam (NAVLE), letters of good standing from all previous states in which the vet has been licensed, paying a variety of fees, and usually passing a state board exam for the new state. So much of ...more »

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