Nurses can now practice in multiple states with eNLC license: 5 key insights

Nurses with Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact multistate licenses may begin practicing in eNLC states as of Jan. 19.

Here are five things you need to know:

1. The eNLC allows registered nurses and licensed practical/vocational nurses to have one multistate license, which allows them to practice in their home state and other eNLC states.

2. Nurses in an original NLC state that also enacted the eNLC are 'grandfathered' into the eNLC if they held a multistate license on July 20, 2017. Nurses in Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wyoming who wish to obtain a multistate license must complete the compact license application on their board of nursing website.

3. The eNLC enables nurses to provide telehealth nursing services to patients nationwide without having to obtain additional licenses. A multistate license also facilitates the process of crossing state borders to provide nursing care.

4. Licensing standards are aligned in eNLC states; all nurses applying for a multistate license must meet the same standards, including a federal and state criminal background check conducted for all applicants.

5. Boards of nursing were the first healthcare provider regulatory bodies to develop a model for interstate practice with the initial adoption of the NLC in 1997 and its 2000 implementation.

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