NLC: Getting Your License Compliant
So you have a nursing license for New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio but you want to work in Texas, Virginia, or Florida.
Most healthcare providers introduced to the idea of travel nursing are enticed by the lifestyle and freedom available to travelers but getting several different licenses can be expensive and daunting.
Well, if you’ve read any of our latest healthcare blogs, you may have heard us mention the Nurse Licensure Compact States multiple times. This particular agreement lets any nurse with a license work in any affiliated state to the NLC. So if you have a Florida license, you can work in Texas. However, some states are still far from joining. What are the benefits of the NLC? How do you join? Skillgigs is here to answer those questions and more!
- Right off the bat, NLC saves you money in the long run. You will only need one license and you have an entire array of states to work in. Want to adventure in Colorado and go skiing on your time off but then move off to Florida when it gets too cold? Sure! No need for that extra license or money out of your pocket while travel nursing. You have approximately 33 states in which you can venture through at your control.
- NLC licensure allows you to practice healthcare in person or via telehealth nursing services. By doing this, you can reach a wide array of patients and help many people quickly and effectively. There is no need to obtain additional licenses.
- When emergencies or disasters happen, it is necessary to have the proper amount of healthcare professionals available to that region. The NLC states have an advantage because you can quickly cross that state border and help. There is no need to get an extra license or possibly be denied to help because of a licensure issue. These opportunities to save lives quickly is a big benefit of the NLC agreement.
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Eligibility for an NLC License:
That all sounds amazing and good, but how do you become eligible for an NLC license? There are a few requirements that must be met in order to apply for the multi-state license.
- You must live/reside in an NLC State claiming it as your primary state of residence.
- You must be actively licensed as an RN, LPN, or LVN.
- You must meet the license requirements for the state of primary residence. When practicing in other states though, you will be held to those standards where the patient is located.
Maybe you live in a non NLC state and wish to work in an NLC state. It can be a bit expensive but definitely worth while. Once you have one license for an NLC state, you are good to work in the other affiliated states. Here at Skillgigs, we have a licensure reimbursement program. Where if you are signed up with us and wish to go on an assignment in a state you don’t have a license for, we’ve got you covered! Interested in Hawaii? No problem. Want to get into the NLC states? We’re there for you.
Current NLC States as of December 2019:
The NLC is a wonderful solution to a growing list of problems nurses face state to state. It allows nurses to have one license and practice in multiple states. If you are interested in getting a new license while working with us sign up to get started. The list of states in the NLC grows yearly so you can always expect new adventures with less headaches.
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