FAQs for Nurses with Primary Residency in WI, CO, NM and RI

  • My primary state of residence is WI, CO, NM or RI. Do I need to apply for a single state license in other original NLC states that enacted the enhanced NLC, if I practice in one of them?

    This response depends on whether your primary state of residence in WI, CO, NM or RI enacts the enhanced NLC by Jan 19, 2018. If it does enact by the deadline, then you will be in the enhanced 

    NLC. For example, you are a resident of CO and practice in AZ. If CO enacts the enhanced NLC then CO and AZ are in the same compact and you can practice in any enhanced NLC state. This assumes that either you were grandfathered into enhanced NLC or if you applied after July 20, 2017, you were reviewed according to the enhanced NLC requirements and were issued the enhanced NLC multistate license. 

    If CO does not enact the enhanced NLC by Jan 19, 2018 and you practice in AZ, for example, which has enacted enhanced NLC, then you will need an AZ single state license by Jan 19, 2018. You obtain that by applying for license by endorsement with AZ Board of Nursing.

  • My primary state of residence is WI, CO, NM and RI. Do I need to apply for a single state license in other original NLC states that also have not enacted the eNLC, for example, RI or NM, if I practice there?

    One scenario: your primary state of residence is CO and you practice in RI, for example and CO does enact the enhanced NLC but RI does not. Then you will need to apply for a RI single state license by endorsement. 

    If CO does not enact enhanced NLC by Jan 19, 2018 and you practice in NM, for example, and NM has not enacted enhanced NLC, then both states are still in the original NLC and you can practice in NM on your CO multistate license that is valid in NM. This will likely be for a limited amount of time because each of the original NLC states are working hard to pass the enhanced NLC. 

  • Will there be a lapse in licensing if a nurse is endorsing from the original compact party state that is not part of the eNLC?

    If a party state in the current NLC does not enact the enhanced NLC by January 19, 2018 and you practice in AZ, for example, which has enacted enhanced NLC, then you will need an AZ single state license by January 19, 2018. You may apply for license by endorsement with the AZ Board of Nursing prior to January 19, 2018 but the license will not be in effect until January 19, 2018.

  • If I have an Arkansas APRN license, for example, with a WI, CO, RI, NM RN multistate license, what do I need to do to be licensed when the eNLC is implemented in January?

    If WI, CO, NM, RI does not enact the enhanced NLC by January 19, 2018 and you practice in AR, for example, which has enacted enhanced NLC, then you will need an AR single state license by January 19, 2018. You may apply for license by endorsement with the AR Board of Nursing.