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CHICAGO – The Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators have set Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, as the usage date for the upgraded Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). There are 26 states in the eNLC. 

Enabling medical attendants to have portability crosswise over state fringes, the eNLC expands access to mind while keeping up open insurance. The eNLC, which is a refreshed rendition of the first NLC, takes into account enrolled medical attendants (RNs) and authorized down to earth/professional attendants (LPN/VNs) to have one multistate permit, with the expert to rehearse face to face or by means of telehealth in both their home state and other eNLC states. 

All candidates for a multistate permit are required to meet the equivalent permitting necessities, which incorporate government and state criminal historical verifications, which might be biometric. 

The execution date is when attendants with eNLC multistate licenses may start rehearsing in eNLC states. In unique NLC states that have sanctioned eNLC enactment, a medical caretaker who holds a multistate permit will be grandfathered into the eNLC and will most likely practice in other eNLC states starting on the execution date. An attendant dwelling in an express that is new to the eNLC will most likely practice in other eNLC states dependent upon the leading group of nursing issuing the medical attendant a multistate permit. 

The first NLC will stay in actuality with Colorado, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin as individuals until each institutes eNLC enactment. As of the execution date, the multistate permit held by attendants dwelling in these four states may be legitimate in those states. They won't have the specialist to rehearse in the 26 eNLC states without applying for a solitary state permit in those states, except if the first NLC states join the eNLC by the execution date. 

In like manner, as of the usage date, attendants with an eNLC multistate permit dwelling in eNLC states won't have the expert to rehearse in the four expresses that are still in the first NLC without applying for a solitary state permit in those states, except if the states join the eNLC by that date. 

About The Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators 

The commission is a semi administrative and joint open office of the gathering states made and built up on July 20, 2017. The commission satisfies the minimal targets through a methods for joint helpful activity among the gathering states. The commission takes part in rulemaking so as to achieve its objectives. 

The commission is the administering body of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) and its motivation is to: 

Encourage the states' obligation to secure the general's wellbeing and wellbeing; 

Guarantee and energize the collaboration of gathering states in the zones of medical caretaker licensure and guideline; 

Encourage the trading of data between gathering states in the zones of attendant guideline, examination and unfriendly activities; 

Advance consistence with the laws administering the act of nursing in every ward; 

Contribute all gathering states with the specialist to consider an attendant responsible for gathering all state practice laws in the state in which the patient is situated at the time care is rendered through the common acknowledgment of gathering state licenses; and 

Abatement redundancies in the thought and issuance of medical attendant licenses and to give chances to interstate practice by medical caretakers who meet uniform licensure necessities.

As the 21st century has progressed, it’s become increasingly apparent that allowing geographical boundaries to limit health care professionals’ reach is not good for consumers or the people providing care. The average American now moves approximately 11 times in a lifetime; the days of settling and staying in one place are all but gone. Meanwhile, telehealth is growing, and is often used to deliver health care to people who live in remote and underserved places.

In 1999, Maryland became the first state to join the nation’s original Nurse Licensure Compact. Before the compact was created, nurses had to obtain a separate license for every state where they practiced. This applied to nurses who moved from one state to another; nurses who lived near neighboring states and sought employment across the border; and even nurses who traveled to help during natural disasters in other states. Under the compact, nurses could obtain multistate licenses that allow them to practice physically, telephonically, or electronically in any of the member states without having to obtain a new license in each state. By 2015, 25 states were part of the compact.

Implementation of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) began on January 19, 2018. The eNLC introduced 11 uniform requirements for a multistate license to ensure that nurses from eNLC states have comparable qualifications.

Here are some facts about the eNLC:

29 states have already joined the compact: 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.
Other states are interested in joining: Massachusetts, Michigan, Vermont, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have legislation pending.
State hospital associations and insurance companies support the eNLC. “We also see a lot of support from Mayo Clinic and bigger hospitals,” says Rebecca Fotsch, associate director of legislative affairs for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Most nurses think it’s a great idea. 70 percent of nurses surveyed in 2014 supported their states’ joining the compact.

Criminal background checks are required of all nurses applying for a multistate license.
Eligibility and licensure requirements are uniform. All nurses who apply for a multistate license must have graduated from an approved education program and have passed the NCLEX licensure exam.
The eNLC facilitates continuity of care. “Most people don’t realize that if they go and get care in Massachusetts and then drive half an hour home to Rhode Island, their nurse in Massachusetts cannot legally call them and follow up on their care,” Fotsch says, unless that nurse is also licensed in Rhode Island. Nurses with multistate licenses can provide care across state borders without jumping through additional licensure hoops.

The eNLC improves access to care by making it easier for nurses to start working. Obtaining a nursing license in a new state can be a time consuming—and expensive—process. Nurses in compact member states can begin providing patient care right away, rather than sitting on the sidelines for weeks, filing papers, and waiting for official approval. “This is all about reducing a regulatory burden and creating better access to care,” Fotsch says.

Some nursing organizations and unions oppose the eNLC. In 2012, RoseAnn DeMoro, the recently retired executive director of National Nurses United, placed the NLC on a list of nursing concerns, arguing that the compact threatened to “lower standards for all RNs to lowest state requirements.” Compact opponents in Washington, Minnesota, and other states agree. Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association have also expressed concern that the eNLC would make it easier for hospitals to hire out-of-state nurses to replace union nurses during a strike. Proponents counter that since the original compact was enacted 19 years ago, no evidence has emerged to substantiate these fears.