Alabama Implements the Nurse Licensure Compact
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CHICAGO - On Jan. 1, 2020, Alabama will join 31 other states in implementing the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs), whose primary state of residence is in an NLC state, to hold one multistate license, with the authority to practice in person or via telehealth, in both their home state and other NLC states.
As of Jan. 1, 2020, nurses whose primary state of residence is in an NLC state and who hold a multistate license are able to practice in Alabama, in person or telephonically.
Also, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, an Alabama licensee with residency in Alabama can apply to convert their single state Alabama license to a multistate license. The conversion application can be found on the Alabama Board of Nursing website, under “My Profile.” It is not necessary for Alabama nurses to wait until the next renewal period in order to apply.
“Thanks to the NLC legislation, Alabama nurses will have greater mobility and reduced regulatory burdens. Simultaneously, citizens of Alabama will have increased access to care, and public protection will continue to be maintained at the state level,” commented Peggy Benson, MSN, MSHA, NE-BC, executive officer, Alabama Board of Nursing.
Requirements for a multistate license are aligned in NLC states. This includes a requirement for a federal and state fingerprint-based criminal background check that will be conducted on all applicants for multistate licensure.
The NLC also enables nurses to provide telehealth nursing services to patients located in other NLC states without having to obtain additional licenses. In the event of a disaster, nurses from multiple states can easily respond to supply vital services. Primary care nurses, nurse case managers, transport nurses, school home health and hospice nurses, among many others, need to routinely cross state boundaries to provide the public with access to nursing services, and a multistate license facilitates this process.
For general information about the NLC multistate license visit www.ncsbn.org/nlc. For questions about the Alabama conversion application, contact the Alabama Board of Nursing at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 1.800.656.5318, or visit www.abn.alabama.gov.
Although Indiana and New Jersey have enacted the NLC, they have not yet implemented it. Therefore, a nurse residing in one of these states may not obtain a multistate license until the implementation is complete. Also, a nurse whose primary state of residence is in an NLC state and who holds a multistate license is not able to practice in Indiana and New Jersey under the multistate license until these states implement the NLC. Implementation dates are not known at this time. Once available, the dates will be posted on the NLC website.
Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was initially created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together nursing regulatory bodies (NRBs) to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. It has evolved into one of the leading voices of regulation across the world.
NCSBN’s membership is comprised of the NRBs 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 three exam user members. There are also 25 associate members that are either NRBs or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories.
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