The nurse licensure playing field has been substantially altered over the last 10 years. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, initiated a detailed review of state licensure laws in the 1990's and came to the conclusion that states might benefit from greater coordination on the issue of multi-state licensure.This project resulted in the development of the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact.
The compact is both a licensure law and an agreement between the participating states. 24 states have now adopted the compact. Participating states agree to work together on interstate enforcement actions. In return, they accept each of the other participating states initial licensure determinations. It is similar in many respects to the Interstate Driver's License Compact. The Nursing Compact has been operating for nearly 10 years.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Nurse Licensure Compact
The compact states are basically recognizing the RN license only. If advanced practice nursing, i.e. nurse practitioner, is specifically recognized in the state where the APN is going to practice, the prevailing state regulation regarding advanced practice in the non-home state would apply. The APN will be governed by the rules and regulations for advanced practice in the state where they will be working. Please check with that state board of nursing for the advanced practice rules and regulations.
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