Nurse Licensure Compact

Find Travel Nursing Jobs in All 25 Nurse Compact States

Interested in a travel nursing job in a nurse compact state? Thanks to the Nurse Licensure Compact, becoming a travel nurse has never been easier.

American Mobile has travel nurse jobs in all 30 nurse compact states. Our licensure experts will work directly with you to find you a travel nurse job in a nurse compact state.

Choose from the following topics to learn more about the Nurse Licensure Compact. 

What is the Nurse Licensure Compact?

Essentially, nurses who live in a designated compact nursing state are able to obtain a compact nursing license which allows them to practice in other NLC states. 

The NLC benefits nurses, individual nurse compact states and the general public. Below are just a few of the benefits the NLC affords:

•   Makes practicing across state borders more affordable and convenient for nurses.
•   Eliminates expenses for healthcare organizations that expedite multiple licenses.
•   Allows nurses to provide telehealth services across the country.
•   Gives the public access to safe, quality care.

List of Nurse Compact States

There are currently 29 nurse compact states in the NLC. In addition, there are a several pending compact nursing states, including New York, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey. 

How to Get Your Compact Nursing License

There is no Nurse Licensure Compact application. If you are eligible, simply use the state board of nursing application for licensure by exam or via endorsement. 

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, nurses are eligible to obtain a compact nursing license if they meet the following requirements:

  • Legally reside in a nurse compact state (see list of nurse compact states 2016 above).
  • Have an active RN or LPN/VN nursing license that’s in good standing.
  • Claim a NLC state as primary state of residency, which is determined by where the individual files his/her federal taxes.
  • Uphold the licensure requirements in his/her home state.

The rules and requirements of obtaining your compact nursing license can get complex if you plan on relocating. Below is some helpful information to help guide you. 

Moving from a non-compact state to a nurse compact state:

If you’re moving from a non-compact state to a compact state, you must apply for licensure via endorsement in your new home state. Your non-compact state license will remain active if you maintain licensure according to the laws of the nonparty state. 

Moving from a nurse compact state to a non-compact state:

If you’re moving from a compact state to a non-compact state, you’re required to apply for a new licensure by endorsement in your new home state. At this point, your compact nursing license will be changed to a single-state license, which is only valid in the state in which you reside. 

Moving from one nurse compact state to another:

If you’re moving from one compact state to another, your current license will remain valid up to 30 or 90 days (depending on the state). After the grace period ends, you’re required to apply for a new license via endorsement as well as declare primary state of residency in your new home state. *Fees may apply.

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact

The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) is an updated version of the Nurse Licensure Compact. 

The eNLC allows RNs and LPN/VNs to obtain a single multi-state nursing license, which enables them to provide care and telehealth services in their primary state of residency and other compact nursing states.

The following states are current members of the eNLC: 

Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee,  Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. 

Currently, Rhode Island is the only state in the original NLC that has not adopted eNLC. 

Official implementation of the eNLC went into effect Friday, January 19, 2018.

Got questions? At American Mobile, our experienced recruiters will guide you through the process of obtaining your compact nursing license. Just give us a call at (888) 544 4619.

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