Impact in Action: NLC Stories
See what nurses across the country have to say about the NLC and how it has impacted them both personally and professionally. Have a story to share? Submit your story or share a video testimonial telling us how the NLC has made an impact for you.
North to the Future: the NLC would Benefit Alaskan Nurses and their Patients
“Because we are small and very remote, getting people in as quickly as we can is imperative during a disaster like a pandemic.”
- Elizabeth Paxton, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Alaska
Reducing Barriers and Filling a Need: Nevada and the US as a Whole would Benefit from the NLC
"Collaboration with the other compact states would make a statement about Nevada -- we would be seen as a more welcoming state to nurses."
- Carla Adams, MSN, RN, Nevada,
Now is the Time: Compact Licensure Cannot Wait Until the Next Crisis
"If the pandemic has showed us anything, it has revealed the need for standardization across the board. It allows us to be agile, it allows us to be fluid and it allows us to be quick. If you think of it from the health care professional’s point of view, do we need to put them through all of these steps every time they go to a new assignment?"
- Henry “Hank” Drummond, PhD, MDiv, RN, Florida
The Nurse Licensure Compact and COVID-19 – a Tale of Two States
"In the health care arena, the ability to respond quickly is correlated to reducing long-term health issues and saving lives. Expediting the process has absolutely enabled us to move people appropriately where they’re needed."
- Mary Beth Russell, PhD, MA, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, New Jersey
Critical Care Nurse Becomes a Strong Advocate of the NLC
"Without the NLC, I would have had to apply and pay for every new license, plus the fingerprinting, plus the time out of work. We’ve only been in each state a couple years at a time. Let’s say it took six months every time. By the time I would have gotten my license, I would have only worked for 18 months before moving again."
- Shellie Neuman, RN, Nebraska
Being Present, Listening and Observing Knows No Boundaries
“We have all seen on social media the effects, the fear that is encroaching on people, and not just fear, but mental health issues that will result from this crisis. So many health issues are a result of stress. That’s where somebody in my position, with a nursing background, comes in.”
- Holly Kapusinski, MSN, RN NC-BC, Integrative Nurse Coach, Life Cycle Balance, Mississippi
Evolving with Change: The Benefits of Expanding Interstate Licensure
“The practice of health care and caring should be less defined by traditional boundaries like lines on a map but rather driven by patient needs.”
- Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN, FAONL, FNAP chief clinical officer, AMN Healthcare Services, Inc., Texas
Two Nurse Leaders Share their Experience with the NLC in Montana
“Having the ability to be very flexible and not have all the hoops to have to jump through can mean a lot to a smaller hospital and the services they provide,”
- Heather O’Hara, MSN, RN, Vice President, Montana Hospital Association, Montana
Nursing Informatics Director Sees Opportunity and Peace of Mind in the Compact
“As our health ministry grows across state lines, I realized that the multistate license would have an impact,”
- Charla Johnson, MSN, RN, ONC, Louisiana
Triage Nurse Manager Sees the Benefits of the NLC on a Daily Basis
"It’s exciting because I’m able to reach out to more nurses throughout the country to bring them onboard. That’s certainly an advantage for me."
- Karen Holland, RN, South Carolina