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Nurse Licensure Compact Biennial Report Now Available

Posted 1/29/2020
The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Biennial Report for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 is now available on NCSBN's website.
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CHICAGO – The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Biennial Report for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 is now available on NCSBN's website. It includes a summary of strategic planning initiatives, an update on legislation, a description of NLC resources, and more.
The past two years have seen extraordinary growth and change for the NLC. The compact has grown to include 32 states that have implemented the NLC and two additional states with pending implementation. More states than ever before have introduced legislation to join. With the NLC’s current state of evolution, the compact is becoming ever more important.
“This NLC biennial report reflects the tremendous success that has been achieved thus-far,” says NLC Commission Chair Kimberly Glazier, M.Ed., RN, executive director, Oklahoma Board of Nursing. “I am proud of the collaboration and commitment we have towards improving nationwide access to care, protecting the public and eliminating unnecessary and burdensome regulatory processes for nurses and employers. 
“It is evident that we continue to have extraordinary impact in the realm of occupational licensing, paving the way for other health care compacts. I am particularly excited to present, in electronic format, a synopsis of our recent achievements, which also capture the very nature of our work.” 
About the NLC
The NLC allows for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in person or via telehealth, in both their home state and other NLC states. Licensing standards are aligned in NLC states, so all nurses applying for a multistate license are required to meet the same standards, including a federal and state criminal background check that will be conducted for all applicants for multistate licensure.
The NLC also enables nurses to provide telehealth nursing services to patients located across the country without having to obtain additional licenses. In the event of a disaster, nurses from multiple states can easily respond to supply vital services. Additionally, almost every nurse, including primary care nurses, case managers, transport nurses, school and hospice nurses, among many others, needs to routinely cross state boundaries to provide the public with access to nursing services, and a multistate license facilitates this process.
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 27 associate members that are either NRBs or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories. 
Mission: NCSBN empowers and supports nursing regulators in their mandate to protect the public.
The statements and opinions expressed are those of NCSBN and not individual members.