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Alaska Board of Nursing

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Information


NLC Licensure Compact Infographic

What is the Nurse Licensure Compact?

The Nurse Licensure Compact is a modern licensure solution for the 21st century. The Nurse Licensure Compact allows for nurses to have one multistate license with the ability to practice in all compact states. As leaders in public protection, State Boards of Nursing developed and adopted the Nurse Licensure Compact in 2015. Currently 34 states have enacted the NLC.
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Governor Dunleavy has introduced legislation – SB 67: NURSING: LICENSURE; MULTISTATE COMPACT – that will allow Alaska to adopt the NLC. Information on how to support this bill is included below.

How Does the NLC Benefit Alaska?

SB 67 is a win-win, maintaining our current licensure options while increasing access to quality health care across Alaska’s communities, helping fill the hundreds of nursing vacancies across the state. This legislation is strongly supported by health care facilities and nurses across Alaska, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense.

Access to Care
Expands access to nursing services across the country quickly and efficiently, which is essential for the health of many rural and underserved communities.
Telehealth
Enables nurses to practice in person or provide telehealth nursing services to patients located across the country without having to obtain additional licenses.
Disaster Relief
Allows nurses to immediately cross state borders and provide vital services in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency, without the need to wait for a declaration of emergency.
Military Families
Allows military spouse nurses to seamlessly continue working without having to obtain a new license each time they relocate.
Online Education
Facilitates online nursing education by reducing educators’ need for multiple licenses.
Cost Effective
For Nurses: Nurses do not have to obtain additional nursing licenses, making practicing across state borders affordable and convenient.
For Employers: The NLC also removes a burdensome expense for organizations that employ nurses and may share the expenditure of multiple licenses.
Greater Efficiency
Eliminates redundancy, duplicative regulatory processes and unnecessary fees.
Flexible Licensure
Allows nurses who do not wish to have a multi-state license or those who are ineligible for a multistate license to still obtain a single state license based on their state’s requirements and statutes.

Since Governor Dunleavy last introduced legislation to allow Alaska to adopt the NLC in early 2020, we have faced one of the greatest public health emergencies in recent history – and our healthcare workforce was in short supply. Had the NLC been in effect last year, the cost to healthcare facilities, individual health care providers, and state government could have been reduced, and treatment could have been provided more quickly to the areas in greatest need.

The NLC will allow registered and practical nurses in any of the 34 participating states to practice in Alaska without having to go through a time-consuming, redundant licensing process. It would reciprocate the privilege, providing Alaska nurses with a multistate license to practice in any participating state as well. This legislation will not affect certified nurse aides, advanced practice registered nurses, or any nurse who wishes to practice under an Alaska-only nursing license.

Alaska would become a member of the compact commission with rulemaking, enforcement, and financial assessment provisions. However, the commission does not in any way dilute or detract from the Alaska Board of Nursing’s ability to oversee and enforce nursing practice in Alaska.

The single-state and multi-state nurse licensing programs would have separate receipt support funding, which means the multistate licensing program will not impact the costs for the single-state licensees.

Which Organizations Support Alaska Joining the NLC?
  • The Alaska State Board of Nursing
  • The U.S. Department of Defense
  • The Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA)
  • The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  • Fresenius Kidney Care
  • U.S. Renal Care
  • Alaska Regional Hospital
  • Bartlett Regional Hospital
  • Providence Hospital
  • The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
  • The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
  • The Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
  • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
Do Nurses Support Alaska Joining the NLC?

Yes! A December 2019 survey issued to all Alaska-licensed nurses by the Board of Nursing and National Council of State Boards of Nursing showed that 92% of Alaska-licensed nurses want Alaska to join the NLC, including 89% of nurses with primary residency in Alaska, and 87% of nurses that are members of a union.

Click here to see the full survey results.

How Can I Help Alaska Join the NLC?

On February 3, 2020, Governor Dunleavy introduced SB 67: NURSING: LICENSURE; MULTISTATE COMPACT. This bill will codify the NLC as a new chapter in state law and would make conforming changes to the existing nursing statute (AS 08.68) to accommodate the compact’s requirements. The compact’s requirements for multi-state licensure are rigorous, exceeding current standards under Alaska law and supporting high quality care for all Alaskans.

The best way to voice your support for adopting the NLC in Alaska is to write a letter in support of SB 67 and send it to the Representative and Senator assigned to your district. You can determine which legislators represent you by entering your address into the “Who Represents Me?” box at the bottom left-hand side of the Alaska State Legislature’s website: akleg.gov.

Then forward that same letter to the chair of the committee where the bill is currently being heard: Senate Health and Social Services Committee: SHSS@akleg.gov.

For additional guidance on identifying, contacting, or addressing a letter to your legislators, visit the Alaska State Legislature’s Frequently Asked Questions.

You also have the option to call in to provide public testimony during the hearings on SB 67. To do this, you will need to monitor the bill, so you know when it’s being scheduled. You can track a bill by using the Bill Tracking Management Facility (BTMF) to receive email alerts, or by texting the bill number (SB 67) to (559) 245-2529 to enroll in text alerts. To obtain the telephone number to call to testify during a hearing, please contact your local Legislative Information Office.

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