All Things Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)
The latest US state to join the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) is Vermont. Originally enacted last summer, the jurisdiction for this New England state began February 1st, 2022. In light of this news, we thought we would share some quick Q&A about NLC as it relates to the current state of the nurse workforce.
What is the purpose of NLC?
Fundamentally, NLC is in place to support a state’s responsibility to the public’s health and safety and while ensuring cooperating states have similar regulations.
What is the benefit of NLC?
The NLC increases access to care while maintaining public protection at the state level. Under the NLC, nurses can practice in other NLC states, without having to obtain additional licenses. This is ideal for nurses interested in a travel nurse role or looking to move without skipping a beat. [Learn more about Travel Nursing]
What states have implemented NLC?
Vermont makes the list a total of 39 total jurisdictions that are either fully implemented or pending status [full list here]. Rhode Island was once a part of the list but withdrew in 2018. With more than 75 percent of the United States enacted, this opens up a world of opportunity to support a workforce that has seen severe shortages and fatigue in various parts of the country.
What areas are next to be a part of the NLC?
There are four locations on that list that are still in pending status (source NCSBN):
- “Guam: Pending implementation in 2022, tentatively. Nurses holding a multistate license in other NLC states may practice in Guam. Guam residents cannot obtain a multistate license until implementation is complete.
- Pennsylvania: NLC enacted July 1, 2021. Implementation date is TBD. Criminal background checks must also be implemented. PA residents cannot obtain a multistate license until implementation is completed. Nurses in other NLC states with a multistate license may not practice in PA until implementation is complete.
- Ohio: NLC enacted July 1, 2021. The implementation date is Jan. 1, 2023. Ohio residents cannot obtain a multistate license until implementation is completed. Nurses in other NLC states with a multistate license may not practice in Ohio until implementation is complete.
- Virgin Islands: NLC enacted Dec. 6, 2021. Implementation date is TBD. Criminal background checks must also be implemented. VI residents cannot obtain a multistate license until implementation is completed. Nurses in other NLC states with a multistate license may not practice in VI until implementation is complete.”
Who is eligible for a multi-state license?
According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), in order to take advantage of a NLC state, one much not only have a multi-state nursing license but the following must also be met:
- Your home-base state much be a NLC state; meaning this NLC state is your primary state of residents
- If you plan to move your home-base, you will have to change the listed primary resident state to the new one
- Only actively licensed registered nurses (RN), licensed professional nurses (LPNS) and licensed vocational nurses (LVN) may apply
- To whichever state you call home, you must meet that state’s requirements for licensure (keep in mind, you will be held responsible to the standards of the state wherever you practice)
All this to say — Congrats Vermont! And we look forward to seeing Guam fully implemented. Here at SkillGigs, we are excited to connect our community of healthcare professionals to not only gigs but to exciting new opportunities and locations! If you’re excited to put your multi-state license to the test, sign up and check out the opportunities awaiting you!