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Call for Comment: APRN Compact

The APRN Compact Implementation Work Group is seeking public comment on the Proposed APRN Compact Model Legislation and Proposed APRN Compact Model Rules.

On Aug. 16, 2002, the NCSBN Delegate Assembly approved the adoption of model language for an APRN licensure compact. In 2004, Utah and Iowa became the first state to adopt the APRN Compact, followed by Texas in 2007. To date, these are the only states that have adopted the Compact.

In 2010, Executive Directors and attorneys from the ARPN Compact states and Idaho, as well as Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators (NLCA) Chair Joey Ridenour and Special Counsel Rick Masters, began meeting to discuss implementation of the Compact. A primary concern of the group was the incorporation of the APRN Consensus Model into the Compact, which had been drafted and adopted prior to finalization of the Consensus Model. In considering the alternatives for doing so, the group determined that amendment and replacement of the Compact prior to implementation was most preferable, because it would allow the incorporation of additional improvements as well as Consensus Model licensure requirements.

Revisions to the former APRN Compact have proceeded in furtherance of the following goals:

  • Retain or improve positive results of Nurse Licensure Compact
  • Address weaknesses of the previous APRN Compact
    • Include rulemaking procedures
    • Strengthen compliance provisions
  • Encourage more widespread adoption of the APRN Consensus Model
  • Respond to changes in the profession and increase access to care

As a result of these efforts, the APRN Compact Working Group has developed a modified version of the Compact for consideration by the states. The changes that have been made to the original framework are extensive. The materials provided below discuss the key features of the proposed APRN Compact.

Compact Documents

You may download each of the files in PDF format below. Please submit your comments in the Survey Monkey form provided below. The form is divided into two sections (one for each document). Your comments must be related to a specific Article # in the Model Legislation (statutes) or a specific Rule #.

Key Elements of the Proposed APRN Compact and Rules
Proposed APRN Compact Model Legislation
Proposed APRN Compact Model Rules

Deadline for all comments is Feb. 14, 2014. For technical questions, contact aprncompact@ncsbn.org.

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