CHICAGO – In collaboration with enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) member states, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has produced two new videos that provide a quick overview of the eNLC that is due to be implemented on Jan.19, 2018. One version (https://www.ncsbn.org/10802.htm
) was produced for nurses in states that were part of the original compact and the other (https://www.ncsbn.org/10799.htm
) was created for nurses in states new to the compact.
Both versions are designed to help nurses, their employers and the general public gain a clear understanding of benefits and requirements for a multistate license and what steps need to be taken to prepare for eNLC implementation.
Allowing nurses to have mobility across state borders, the eNLC increases access to care while maintaining public protection. The eNLC, which is an updated version of the original NLC, allows for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to have one multistate license, with the authority to practice in person or via telehealth in both their home state and other eNLC states.
The current states in the eNLC include: Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. Work will continue toward the ultimate goal of having all 50 states in the compact.
Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together BONs to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. NCSBN’s membership is comprised of the BONs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories — American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. There are also 30 associate members that are either nursing regulatory bodies or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories.
NCSBN Member Boards protect the public by ensuring that safe and competent nursing care is provided by licensed nurses. These BONs regulate more than 4.5 million licensed nurses.
Mission: NCSBN provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection.
The statements and opinions expressed are those of NCSBN and not the individual member state or territorial boards of nursing.