Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)
A Registered Nurse Guide
Travel nursing jobs in compact nursing states offer real flexibility, allowing RN's to have one multi-state license, recognized in all states that participate in the NLC.
Nurse Licensure Compact - Background
The National Council of the State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) developed the NLC with the intent to remove regulatory barriers and improve access to safe nursing care. The RN and LPN/VN Nurse Licensure Compact was established over a decade ago. The NCSBN currently recognizes 24 Nurse Licensure Compact States. RN's with a compact nursing license may practice across NLC state lines, although advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are not included in this compact.
RN's seeking a compact nursing license to perform travel nurse jobs are advised to focus on travel nursing jobs in the 24 states highlighted in blue on this map.
Complete List of Compact Nursing States
* Source: NCSBA website – updated 11/10/10
Advantages of Compact Nursing Licensure for Registered Nurses
Regarding Nurse Licensure in Compact States, Mary Kay Hull, Vice President at 50 States Staffing says,
"Travel nurses find that the process involved in getting their compact nursing license puts them well on their way to achieving the best possible career outcome, offering job flexibility and career growth potential. The process is simple and efficient -- and increases the opportunities for higher paying jobs in the national marketplace."
How does working in a NLC state help land travel nursing jobs?
You'll find an abundance of travel nurse jobs in in compact nursing states! We encourage many of the RN's who work with 50 States Staffing to obtain a compact nursing license and take full advantage of its flexibility. Travel nurses currently residing in a non-compact state, who are looking for a travel nurse job in a NLC state, should apply for licensure by endorsement. Allow the staffing agency to help with applicable fees, and complete a declaration of primary state of residency. RN's may practice using their former residency license for up to 30 days.
Travel Nurse Jobs in Compact Nursing States - Basics
- 50 States Staffing offers travel nurse jobs in nursing compact states with top pay and benefits! To obtain a compact nurse license, an RN must prove primary state of residence in one of the 24 compact states. Primary residence is determined by where the nurse declares residence on his/her most recent tax return.
- Travel nurses declaring a compact state as their primary residence will be issued a compact nursing license by that state. Working in other compact nursing states will not require additional licenses to practice.
- Registered nurses who do not have permanent residency in an NLC state, but who wish to practice in one, may apply for a single state license in the state in which they wish to practice. This single state license will not offer practice privileges in other NLC states.
- Nurses are held accountable to and in accordance with the provisions of the Nurse Practice Act in all states in which they practice.
Interested in landing your ideal travel nursing job?
Call 50 States Staffing at 800-996-2206 or apply online today.