Now that we've established the basics of your
nursing license, let's dive into a more
complicated form of nursing license.
Because why not? A compact state nursing
When you have your traditional nursing
license, you can only work within that state
that you are licensed in.
With a traditional license, if you want to
practice in more than one state, you need to
have a nursing license in more than one
And that is how it was for quite a while.
And then compact state nursing licenses were
And it was great. Originally titled Nursing
Licensure Compact State
or NLC, the Compact State Nursing License
allows registered nurses
to work across state lines that are also
part of the
compact licensure structure.
In other words, nurses can practice in any
NLC state without having to
obtain an additional nursing license
specific to that state.
The number of states in the Compact
Licensure Program slowly
expanded to its current 34, and it switched
the name to the Enhanced
Nurse Licensure Compact or eNLC in July of
Just to make things more complicated.
Here's a map of the current states that are
part of the eNLC as of
2022. And again, this is likely going to
change as soon as we publish this
video. So if you live in a state that is in
a compact, do you
automatically have a compact license?
That would make way too much sense.
And that would be far too simple.
To upgrade from a state nursing license to a
multistate nursing license, you must apply
for it. And once you do that, if you are
licensed in a state that is part of the eNLC,
then you can send them money, and then you
will check the status of your whole
license and process in the Nursys system.
This is a great way to keep track of what
states you are currently allowed to work in
inside the Compact State program and know
where you can go to.
So who is this ideal for?
People who live near, like, state lines that
may want to work in a neighboring state that
is also part of the compact, or a huge
market for this is travel nurses
. Eliminating the hassle of trying to get a
license for every single state you want to be
a travel nurse in is a huge benefit to being
part of a compact
So what happens if you don't have a compact
license or don't work in a
state that does this and now you need to get
another nursing license or transfer yours to
a new state?
That is up next.