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Florida Temporarily suspends usual licensing requirements

The Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, has signed an executive order temporarily suspending the usual licensing requirements for traveling US nurses. 

Crist and the Florida Nurses Association say the measure is a result of the January 12 Haitian earthquake.  So many Florida nurses have volunteered to help in Haiti that there was a real possibility of a temporary nursing shortage within the state of Florida.  

The executive order suspends the usual licensure by endorsement requirements for traveling nurses for a period of 90 days.  The Florida Department of Health will issue expedited licenses to otherwise qualified American nurses instead.


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Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN

Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.

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