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Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC)

Assignments in compact nursing states offer real flexibility, allowing RNs to have one multi-state license, recognized in all states that participate in the eNLC.

Compact Nursing States - 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. RNs with a compact nursing license may practice across NLC state lines, although advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are not included in this compact. As of January 2018, the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) was enacted, adding several additional states, including Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Wyoming and West Virginia.

eNLC Map

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RN's seeking a compact nursing license are advised to focus on positions in the states highlighted on this map.

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Advantages of Compact Nursing Licensure

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."

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. Travelers currently residing in a non-compact state, who are looking for an assignment 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.

How to Obtain a Compact Nursing License - Basics

  • To obtain a compact nurse license, an RN must prove primary state of residence in one of the 25 compact states. Primary residence is determined by where the nurse declares residence on the 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.

You can find more information on obtaining a multistate license at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing