Part 3: Changes to Nurse Licensure Compact (New to the eNLC)

Teal States:

New States Have Joined the Multi-State License

Fifteen years ago, the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) was created to make it possible for many nurses to travel and practice in multiple states across the country. Twenty-five states made up the original NLC. Nurses benefit in many ways from a multistate license:

  • It’s cost effective – Nurses do not have to obtain an additional nursing license(s), making practicing across state borders affordable and convenient.
  • It allows nurses to quickly cross state borders and provide vital services in the event of a disaster
  • It enables nurses to practice in person or provide telehealth nursing services to patients located across the country without having to obtain additional licenses

The primary reason some states hesitated to join the compact at first was the lack of uniform criminal background check (CBC) requirements among NLC states.

So, the Board of Nursing decided to make some enhancements to the original NLC to address this issue, as well as some others. The ultimate goal is to have more states (or even all states) join the compact. The result is the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).

What Does This Mean For You

Your state has chosen to join the eNLC, which was officially declared in effect on July 20, 2017. There are now 29 states on board. The eNLC implementation date is January 19, 2017. At that time, eNLC states, including yours, will begin issuing multistate licenses, and nurses holding multistate licenses may start to practice in other states in the eNLC.

  • This will make it easier for you to take travel assignments with your existing license
  • Opens up 29 states as easier options for you to consider for your next travel assignment

Where do you want to travel next? It’s time to start a conversation with your TaleMed recruiter about your options.

How do I apply for the eNLC?

You must be a resident of an eNLC state and meet the uniform licensure requirements to have an eNLC license. For nurses with licenses in these states, you are not automatically granted a multi-state license. For example, Florida requires a $100 fee to receive a multi-state license. Learn how to turn your existing license into a multi-state license at your state’s site:

Adoption of eNLC is ongoing

There are several states still considering joining the eNLC, such as Massachusetts, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Vermont and New Jersey. As the state lists are updated, we will continue to update our TaleMed nurses. If at any time you have questions about your license and where it is valid, talk to your recruiter.

More Resources

A live map of the NLC/eNLC is available on the compact’s website.

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