Nurse Licensure Compact: Full Adoption Coming Sooner than Expected?

It looks like it will be smooth sailing ahead for the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact in the coming months. As Politico reports, based on state legislative action, it seems like the compact allowing for nurse licensure portability among states may go into full effect even before its target date of December 31, 2018.

“I don’t like absolute statements, but I do not foresee a scenario at this time where the [compact] will not go into effect by the end of 2018 at the latest,” National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Director of Government Affairs Elliott Vice told Politico’s Darius Tahir.

With its earliest version drafted back in 2000, it has been a long road for the compact, which would go into effect a year early if ratified by a majority of state legislatures. Per Politico, a total of 10 states officially voted to adopt the most recent version of the compact in 2016, with five others passing it in only one legislative chamber. An additional 18 states have seen bills introduced this year that would ratify it.

The compact has widespread support among the nursing community and among telehealth advocates (CTeL included), and its adoption throughout the country would make it significantly easier to safely practice across state lines.

Click here for the Nurse Licensure Compact article from Politico.

Click here for more information on the Nurse Licensure Compact.


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