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Compact Confusion? Understanding Multi-State Licenses

Compact Confusion? Understanding Multi-State Licenses

Seasoned Travel Nurses know how important it is to have the necessary licenses to work in their favorite states. Unfortunately, maintaining licenses in multiple states can be costly and confusing. That’s why it’s important to understand the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). Under this compact, nurses can practice in 29 states while maintaining one multi-state license. This not only allows a Traveling Nurse to accept more assignments in more locations, it helps bridge the gap created by nationwide nursing shortages.

The following states are included in the eNLC:

Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

In addition, there are some states with pending legislation which will hopefully result in eNLC membership. They include: Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

What are the requirements for a Multistate License?

  • You must meet the requirements to maintain a license in your home state.
  • You must have a U.S. Social Security #.
  • You must have graduated from an approved education program.
  • You must pass an English proficiency exam.
  • You must pass the NCLEX-RN or the NCLEX-PN.
  • Your license must be active and without disciplinary action.
  • You must pass state and federal criminal background checks.
  • You may not have any state or federal felonies.
  • You may not have any misdemeanor convictions related to nursing practice.

Who do I contact about securing a license in non-compact state?

Hawaii: http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/nursing/

Washington: http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission.aspx

Oregon: http://www.osbn.state.or.us/

California: http://www.rn.ca.gov/

Nevada: http://nevadanursingboard.org/

Alaska: http://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofNursing.aspx

Indiana: http://www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm

Ohio: http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/

Pennsylvania: http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Nursing/Pages/default.aspx#.VTEYxCFVhBd

Alabama: http://www.abn.alabama.gov/

Connecticut: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view

What about licenses in other U.S. territories?

Guam: http://www.dphss.guam.gov/content/guam-board-nurse-examiners

American Samoa: (No Website)

American Samoa Health Services Regulatory Board
Department of Health
Pago Pago, AS 96799

North Mariana Islands: http://www.nmicbne.com/

Virgin Islands: http://www.thevibnl.org/

 

Source: https://www.ncsbn.org/enhanced-nlc-implementation.htm

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