Last Updated on September 22, 2022 by Admin
The Nursing Licensure Compact otherwise known as, NLC, is an agreement between states that allows healthcare professionals to have a single state nursing license but grants them the ability to practice in other states that participate in the agreement. Currently, several states have implemented the nurse licensure compact. Compact licenses are limited to Registered Nurses (RNs) and License Practical Nurses (LPNs/LVNs).
Benefits of Compact Licensure to Travel Nurses
If healthcare professional resides in an NLC state, they can apply for a compact license to broaden their opportunities for work. Candidates who have a compact license are particularly valuable for companies that have facilities in more than one state. NLC helps promote travel nursing and per-diem shifts across states and allows healthcare professionals to obtain assignments available in high-demand areas.
NLC follows quality and safety guidelines that ensure healthcare professionals serve patients equally in all states. To view information and procedures to obtain a compact license, see the NCSBN page regarding NLC.
What You Need to Know Before Moving to Become a Nurse
Before you move to another state to become a nurse you should do your research and make sure you know the requirements in both states. Here are a few things to consider before moving to become a nurse.
How Long Will it Take to Become a Nurse in Your New State?
You should find out how long it takes to become a nurse in your new state before moving. There are a few factors that can affect how long it takes to become a nurse in your new state, such as the current demand for nurses in your new state, your GPA, how many hours you have worked as a nurse in a clinical setting, and your previous nursing experience.
What is the Cost of Living like in Your New State?
When moving to a new state it is also a good idea to research the cost of living in your new state as well.
What are the Nursing Licensing Requirements in Your New State?
It is important to know the nursing licensure requirements in your new state before moving to ensure that you can meet all of the requirements to become a registered nurse in your new state.
How do I become a licensed nurse in the Nursing Licensure Compact?
Before you become a nurse you will need to obtain a license in your new state. Here are a few things to know about the licensing process in your new state: – GPA and Education Requirements: You will need to meet the education requirements for your new state in order to become a registered nurse. Different states will have different education requirements, so you should make sure you meet the requirements in your new state.
Experience Requirements: Some states may require you to have a certain amount of experience as a nurse before you are able to take the exam to become a registered nurse. You should find out how much experience you need to become a nurse in your new state.
Exam Requirements: In order to become a registered nurse in your new state you will need to pass the state nursing exam. You can find out information about the nursing exam in your new state by contacting the board of nursing at your new state’s department of health.
How is the Nursing Licensure Compact different from the NRSNG and NCSBN?
Although The Nursing Licensure Compact is an agreement between states, it is different from the National Registered Nurse Service Grant (NRNSSG) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). The NRNSSG and NCSBN are organizations that work to standardize nurse licensure. The NRNSSG works to help nurses transition their licensing process when moving from one state to another. The NCSBN is a nonprofit organization that works to standardize licensure by creating a national framework for nursing licensing and regulation. While The Nursing Licensure Compact is an agreement between states, the NRNSSG and NCSBN are national organizations. The main difference between the NRSNG, NCSBN and the Nursing Licensure Compact is that the Nursing Licensure Compact is an Agreement, whereas the NRNSSG and NCSBN are organizations.
The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows a nurse to have one multi-state license with the ability to practice in the home state and other compact states. This map shows states that have enacted NLC as of September 2022.