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November 1, 2017



What Travel RNs Need to Know About the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC)

This article is sponsored by Travel Nurse Across America®

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact

Hey Travel Nurses!  You’ve probably heard some buzz recently from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCSBN about the new  The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).  According to the NCSBN, this enhancement (effective 1/19/18) increases access to care while maintaining public protection at the state level. Under the new eNLC, nurses are able to work and provide care to patients in other eNLC states, without having to obtain additional licenses. The NCSBN also states that nurses with an original NLC multistate license will be grandfathered into the eNLC. New applicants residing in compact states will need to meet 11 uniform licensure requirements. Those who do not meet the new licensure requirements may still be eligible for a single state license.


Here’s a summary for you Gypsies of how it may affect you and what you need to do in order to be in compliance:

1.) How This Affects Nurses with Current Compact Licenses
Nurses that currently have an active compact license from one of the following states (the original NLC):
-New Hampshire
-North Carolina
-North Dakota
-South Carolina
-South Dakota

will be grandfathered in to the program and will not have to meet any additional licensure requirements and will be able to practice in the NEW states that joined the eNLC (Wyoming, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Georgia & Florida) on 1/19/18! https://www.ncsbn.org/NLCtoeNLC_FAQs_print.pdf

Once the eNLC is implemented, the original NLC will only consist of Colorado, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin* and unless these 4 states join before 1/19/18, they will not be part of the eNLC and nurses that currently hold compact licenses in any of these states will ONLY be able to cross over among those 4 states, they will NOT be able to practice in any other states. Essentially, it’s as if there will be two different compact acts.  (*Note: Wisconsin DOES currently have pending legislation to join eNLC)

What this means:

  • If you are a nurse currently working in any of the 4 states that have not joined on a compact license from one of the original NLC states 1/19/18 that nurse will have to have apply for and received a single state license from CO, NM, RI or WI.
  • If you are a nurse working in one of the original NLC states through a compact CO, NM, RI, or WI license you will ALSO have to obtain a single state license.

Click here for a link to the NCSBN map with active updates

2.) How This Affects Nurses Without a Current Compact License
Nurses that currently live and hold a single state license in one of the new states that joined the eNLC (Wyoming, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Georgia & Florida) must apply for multistate privileges via that board of nursing’s website and meet the new uniform licensure requirements for a multistate license outlined here.

What this means:

  • Nurses will NOT automatically be given multistate privileges. You will be receiving communication from your board outlining how and when they need to reapply for the multistate privileges. The new states will begin issuing the multistate licenses 1/19/18.
  • If a nurse has a state or federal felony conviction they will NOT be eligible for multistate privileges.
  • If a nurse has a misdemeanor related to nursing these will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and it will most likely hold up the process.

Gypsies, make sure you do your homework and see how this new licensing will affect you. Remember, this change is in effect 1/19/18.  For more information including an update state compact map and FAQs, please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.


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