Pennsylvania Permits Nurses with Multistate Licenses to Practice

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By Amare Medical Network

September 20, 2023



Pennsylvania Permits Nurses with Multistate Licenses to Practice

Amare Medical Network provided this article.

As of September 5, 2023, Pennsylvania is now permitting Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) with multistate licenses (MSL) from compact states to practice in the state. These nurses will be able to provide direct patient care in person or via telehealth in Pennsylvania as a first step to implementing the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). In this article, we’ll discuss NLC and multistate licenses, as well as some of the best places to visit in Pennsylvania.

What is the Nurse Licensure Compact?

The NLC is an interstate agreement that allows nurses to obtain a single license that is valid in multiple states. This makes it easier for nurses to move between states and find work, which can help to address shortages in specific areas.

Currently, there are 41 states and territories that are members of the NLC. Pennsylvania is expected to join the NLC in the near future, but in the meantime, the state is taking this important step to address its nursing shortage.


What is the Difference Between a Multistate License and a Compact License?

There is no difference! Both terms refer to the NLC license that allows a nurse to hold one license and practice in all NLC compact states.

Will Pennsylvania Nurses be Able to Work in Other NLC States?

Not yet. Once the compact is fully implemented, Pennsylvania nurses will be able to apply for a multistate license.

Pennsylvania’s Must-See Places While on Assignment

Pennsylvania is the 33rd largest state in the United States but one of the most diverse in history and landscape! The Keystone State boasts many landscapes, including the winding rivers of the Delaware Water Gap, the rugged Pocono Mountains, and the bustling streets of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. No matter what activities you enjoy in your free time, you’ll be sure to find something in PA that you love doing on your days off.

Be sure to visit these popular cities and parks in PA while on assignment:

  • Hershey
  • Gettysburg
  • Pittsburgh
  • Philadelphia
  • Presque Isle State Park
  • The Poconos
  • Delaware Water Gap
  • Ohiopyle State Park
  • Hickory Run State Park
  • Ricketts Glen State Park

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