Compact State Nursing License
The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) is an agreement between individual states to make it easier for nurses to move from one state to another and maintain their licenses. The NLC makes it easier for nurses to travel between states without having to obtain a new license in every state they visit. It also reduces the burden of maintaining multiple nursing licenses, which can be expensive and time-consuming.
State Nursing Licensure Compact
The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) is a national agreement among the states to simplify the process of moving between states to practice nursing.
The NLC is a voluntary agreement, which means states can choose whether or not to participate. If you are licensed in one state that participates in the NLC, you may use your license in any other participating state without having to submit an application for licensure or sit for another licensing exam.
The decision to join the Compact is a state-by-state decision.
It’s important to note that the Compact is a voluntary agreement among states, and not a federal mandate. This means that individual states have the right to enter into or leave the Compact. In addition, even if a state chooses to join the Compact, they may still require their nurses to meet additional requirements or restrictions above and beyond those set forth by NCSBN.
If your state does not participate in this agreement, they may impose different requirements on you than those imposed by other participating states. The same goes for if your current nursing license was obtained via another compact state but then moved across borders; some jurisdictions will recognize your current licensure as valid while others may require an entirely new application process with full background checks and fingerprinting before issuing any type of nursing privileges (or even job offer).
Each compact state has its own regulatory body for nurses.
Each compact state has its own regulatory body for nurses. The Florida Board of Nursing is responsible for certifying, licensing and regulating the practice of all registered nurses, licensed practical/vocational nurses and certified nursing assistants in Florida.
For example, if you were to move from California to Colorado (and wished to continue working as an RN), you would need to apply for licensure from the Colorado Board of Nursing. You would also be required by law in Colorado to complete at least one year of work experience within three years after receiving your initial license from them.
How to Obtain a Compact License
- Apply for a compact license.
- Apply to the state board of nursing.
- Pay the appropriate fee. If you are transferring a current license from another compact state, you will pay $50 or less. If this is your first time applying for a compact license, you will pay $140 or less (depending on what part of the application needs to be completed).
- Pass the state’s exam. The test is given online and lasts four hours minimum with one hour allotted toward breaks, lunch and time to prepare before taking it at home in front of your computer so that no one else can see what you are doing during this process if at all possible because otherwise there may be some privacy concerns about how easy it could be hacked into which would compromise someone else’s personal information including but not limited too: Social Security Number (SSN), Credit Card Number(s), Debit Card Number(s) etcetera etcetera ad infinitum! So please remember these things before making any purchases online using debit cards or credit cards/payments as well as any other type such as gift cards/gift certificates 🙂
To practice in a compact state, there must be an active license held in your home state.
To practice in a compact state, there must be an active license held in your home state. If you are licensed in a non-compact state, you may be able to obtain a compact license in another state by paying the application fee and passing the NCLEX-PN examination. The process is similar to applying and obtaining an initial license through any other means.
If you are licensed in a compact state and move to another compact state (or vice versa), you may apply for and receive a new compact license through your current home office or by contacting one of our Compact Office Representatives at [insert phone number]. This does not mean that your original nursing license from another jurisdiction will be cancelled (therefore protecting it from being used by another nurse) but rather that it will remain valid if needed for other purposes such as travel or employment with hospitals within the US!
Not all states will become members of the Nurse Licensure Compact.
As of this writing, a handful of states have not joined the Nurse Licensure Compact. If you want to work in one of these states, you’ll need to apply for a license from that state and take additional steps.
If you’re looking for more information on how to become an RN or LPN in your chosen state, check out our guide!
The Nurse Licensure Compact benefits both nurses and patients by making it easier for nurses to travel between states while remaining licensed and reducing some of the burdens that accompany maintaining multiple nursing licenses.
The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) is an agreement between states that makes it easier for nurses to travel across state lines while remaining legally and appropriately licensed. The compact was created to reduce the burden of maintaining multiple nursing licenses, streamline the process for out-of-state travel, and increase patient safety.
Compact states have more flexibility in setting their own licensure requirements than non-compact states do, but they must meet certain minimum standards set out by federal law. For example, all NLC member states must require continuing education as a condition of renewal and they must maintain a central database of information about licensed nurses who work in the state’s jurisdiction so that it can be shared with other member states when needed (e.g., after an investigation into a nurse’s conduct).
The Nurse Licensure Compact is an important step toward improving the health care system in America. It reduces barriers to entry for nurses and provides more flexibility for those who move between states. This will help ensure that there are enough nurses to provide quality care wherever they may be needed most–whether in rural communities or urban centers.