What Do the New eNLC Compact Licensure Changes Mean for Me?
Keeping up to date on licensure requirements is an important part of every nurse's career, and is particularly important for traveling nurses because they practice in several different states. Fortunately, the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) has passed to make licensure requirements in multiple states easier for all nurses.
Under the eNLC, nurses can provide care to patients in other eNLC states, without the need to obtain additional licenses. If you have an original NLC multistate license, you will be grandfathered into the eNLC. New applicants residing in compact states will need to meet these 11 uniform licensure requirements. However, if you do not meet licensure requirements, you may still be eligible for a single state license.
The eNLC allows nurses to travel across state borders, giving patients increased access to qualified care. Each state chooses if they want to participate in the eNLC, with a total of 29 states currently participating.
What does this all mean for the traveling nurse? If you already an active compact license from one of the original NLC states, you can continue to practice in any of the original 21 states in the original NLC, and starting on 1/19/18, you can start working in WY, OK, GA, WV and FL!
However, if you have an active compact license from Rhode Island and you are working in one of the original NLC states, you'll need to apply for and obtain a single state license in any state that was part of the original NLC if you plan to work outside of Rhode Island.
If your home state is WY, OK, WV, GA or FL, and you want to work in one of the states in the new eNLC, you have to take action. You must apply for an active compact license and meet the new requirements. Individual state boards of nursing should have reached out you to advise you on how to apply for multi-state privileges. Furthermore, if your home state is WY, OK, WV, GA or FL, and you have a federal felony conviction on your record, you will not be eligible to apply for multi-state privileges. If you have a misdemeanor related to the practice of nursing in any of these states, your licensure will be determined on a case by case basis by your state board of nursing.
It may seem confusing, but the good news is that these changes make it easier for nurses to cross state lines to provide care, especially in an emergency. It also increases access to healthcare, protects patient safety, and reduces costs. If you have specific questions about changes under the eNLC, you can contact email@example.com.