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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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How Does the NLC Benefit Alaska?

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.

How Do I Find More Information?

Nurse Licensure Compact Website
NCSBN Nurse Licensure Compact Webpage