Part 2: Changes to Nurse Licensure Compact (Rhode Island)

Orange States:

The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) is Changing

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. However, a primary reason that some states hesitated to join the compact was the lack of uniform criminal background check (CBC) requirements among NLC states.

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 of the states) join the compact. The result of those efforts is the new Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC):

What the Changes Mean for You

While the state where you have your license (Rhode Island) was part of the original NLC, to date, it has not yet joined the eNLC. The eNLC was officially declared in effect on July 20, 2017 with 29 states (some original states and some new states) on board. The eNLC implementation date is January 19, 2017.

For nurses holding licenses issued by Rhode Island, beginning on January 19, 2017, your license will be valid in Rhode Island only. If you want to take a travel assignment outside of your state, you will need to apply for a single state licensure from the state in which you will be working. We recommend doing this as soon as possible to prevent any delay in your start date. TaleMed’s recruiters are ready to assist you in this process.

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. Unfortunately, nurses who are residents of Rhode Island are not eligible for the new eNLC. You can advocate to your state governing bodies that they join the new eNLC. Learn more at this website.

For states that are new to the Compact License, you are not automatically granted a multi-state license in these new states. 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. 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. You can advocate to your state governing bodies that they join the new eNLC.

More Resources

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

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