Webinar on Compact Licenses
The National Council on State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) will host five upcoming educational webinars on the Nurse License Compact (NLC) for nurses and nurse employers to provide an overview of the compact and updates on pending state legislation. The next webinar is scheduled for July 16, 2019 at 2 p.m. CT. Participants can register here.
Additional webinars will be held on Aug.16, Sept.16, Oct.15 and Nov.15. Each hour-long webinar will also allow participants to ask questions. After each webinar, a recording and presentation slides will be made available on ncsbn.org.
The NLC allows for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in person or via telehealth in both their home state and other NLC states. Licensing standards are aligned in NLC states, so all nurses applying for a multistate license are required to meet the same standards, which include a federal and state criminal background check that will be conducted for all applicants for multistate licensure.
The NLC also enables nurses to provide telehealth nursing services to patients located across the country without having to obtain additional licenses. In the event of a disaster, nurses from multiple states can easily respond to supply vital services. Additionally, almost every nurse, including primary care nurses, case managers, transport nurses, school and hospice nurses, among many others, needs to routinely cross state boundaries to provide the public with access to nursing services, and a multistate license facilitates this process.