Tennessee Nursing License

From mountains in the east to the Mississippi alluvial valley in the west, the landscape of Tennessee is diverse and exciting. The same can be said of travel nursing job opportunities in the state. Travel nurses will find there are plenty of travel nurse opportunities throughout Tennessee including work in Knoxville, Dickson, Clarksville, Franklin, Chattanooga, and of course, Nashville and Memphis.

The friendly team at Onward Healthcare is here to help you navigate the Tennessee nursing license process and find your next travel nursing job in Tennessee. Are you ready to begin your adventure as a travel nurse in the beautiful state of Tennessee? Well, you’ve come to the right place because our expert team at Onward Healthcare is here to help you. If you want to get on the fast-track to start, simply fill out our online application and you will be connected with a recruiter who can help guide you along your journey.

About the Tennessee Nursing License Process

Obtaining a Tennessee nursing license begins with a visit to the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Here, you will find everything you need to know about getting licensed as an RN.

Apply For A Tennessee Nursing License

Nurses who already hold an active license in another state can apply by endorsement. New nurses who have graduated from nursing school and are applying for their first license will need to apply by exam. You should allow approximately six weeks for license processing.

Applicants for either type of license will need the following:

  • Verification of state residency
  • Criminal background check
  • Declaration/verification of citizenship
  • Passport-type photo
  • Social security number
  • Copy of nursing diploma or transcript from initial nursing education (endorsement only)

Tennessee Nursing Fee

Last year, the Board eliminated the fee for applying by exam, something that few other states have done for their new applicants. The other fees are outlined below. Board of Nursing Fee Schedule – Fees are payable to the State of Tennessee.

Registered Nurse Application (RN)

  • Exam & Exam Retake Fee eliminated as of 08/05/2019
  • Endorsement $115.00
  • Reinstatement $200.00
  • Renewal $100.00

Steps to Renew Your License with the Tennessee Board Of Nursing

A Tennessee nursing license can be renewed up to 60 days prior to the expiration date. Tennessee Board of Nursing has designated NURSYS as a primary source equivalent. For additional information regarding nursing licensure status in other states, go to Nursys.com.

Tennessee Is A Compact Nursing State

Tennessee is a member of the nursing licensure compact (NLC) and Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). Tennessee multistate licensees are eligible to practice in all eNLC states. If you hold an active compact multistate license you can start your travel nursing journey today!


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