I recently looked into obtaining a license in Florida. We`re thinking of moving there in a year or so, and I wanted to have all my ducks in a row. I was shocked to discover that not only would I have to take the Florida state written and clinical exam, but also the national exam would have to be retaken! The dollar cost would be about $2,500, and the cost in time would be anywhere from six months to one year.
Here I am, an eager, well-educated hygienist with 11 years of experience that wants to be employed in Florida. But I would practically have to start from square one! I`m seriously considering finding a new career because of the time and money involved.
I would appreciate hearing from other hygienists who have experienced licensing nightmares. I also think it`s high time we draw a line in the prophy paste and stop this insane, archaic licensing procedure. We should have a national license that is good in all states. No wonder we are losing very experienced and valuable hygienists when obstacles like this are put in the way of you doing your job.
Susan Lanius, RDH
Editor`s note: Ms. Lanius can be reached at (608) 564-7829.