Nursing compact states are states that offer a multi-state nursing license. They do this by joining the Nurse Licensure Compact. Traveling nurses or nurses that plan to practice nursing in more than one state benefit from this compact.
What is the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)?
The nursing license compact allows nurses to obtain one license and therefore practice nursing in other states that join the NLC. The NLC has made the licensure process seamless by removing redundancy and expensive fees. They now apply a federal standard for requirements to obtain a nursing license.
Is my state a part of the NLC?
Every state gets to decide for itself if they want to join the NLC. Nurse.org is a great resource to find out whether your state has joined the NLC. Pennsylvania has begun the process of implementing the NLC into its state licensure process.
Do I need a new license to practice nursing in a state that is not a part of the NLC?
Yes, if you join the NLC but then move to a state that is not a part of the NLC, you will need to acquire that state’s nursing license.
Do I have to join the NLC?
No, you do not have to join the NLC. However, it is beneficial to have in case you move unexpectedly. You will not have to worry about whether you will work if you move to other compact nursing license states.
When PA implements the NLC, what do I need to do?
If your license is up for renewal, you will have the option to obtain the licence for the NLC. You will have to complete the requirements for the license renewal and pay the appropriate fees. If your license is not up for renewal, then you will be contacted by the state Board of Nursing with the option to obtain an NLC licensure at no extra cost to you.
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