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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 compact nursing 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 compact license for nursing. 

What is the Nurse Licensure Compact?

Essentially, nurses who live in a designated compact nursing state are able to obtain a compact license for nursing which allows them to practice in other compact nursing 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 nursing licenses.
•   Allows nurses to provide telehealth services across the country.
•   Gives the public access to safe, quality care.

What Are the Nursing 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 (Multi-State Nursing License)

There is no Nurse Licensure Compact application. If you are eligible for a compact license for nursing, 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 2018 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.
  • Go through a criminal background check

The rules and requirements ofhow to get 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 nursing 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. You must meet the residency and eligibility requirements first before a multi-state license will be issued.

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

If you’re moving from a nurse 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:

When a nurse who has a multi-state license permanently relocates, there are specific considerations for maintaining licensure. If the relocation is to another participating eNLC state, licensure by endorsement to the new state must occur. A multi-state license will be issued if the nurse continues to meet eligibility, but the new state is now considered the primary residency once proof of permanent residency is demonstrated.

What is theEnhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC)?

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 tele-health 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 license for nursing. Just give us a call at (888) 544 4619.

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