What is compact state?
Compact nursing states refer to the Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC), which is an agreement between states that allows nurses to have one compact state nursing license that gives them the ability to practice in other states that are part of the agreement.
Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC) was implemented in 2018 .
Which States are Compact Nursing States (eNLC Members)?
A-Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas
G-Georgia, Guam (Guam is allowing nurses who hold active, unencumbered, multi-state licenses issued by Nurse Licensure Compact member states to practice in Guam under their multi-state licenses.)
I-Idaho , Indiana ,Iowa
L-Louisiana (Registered Nurse and Practical Nurse)
M-Maine ,Maryland ,Mississippi ,Missouri, Montana
N-Nebraska ,New Hampshire ,New Jersey ,New Mexico ,North Carolina ,North Dakota
P-Pennsylvania (Law passed and awaiting implementation)
S-South Carolina ,South Dakota
V-Vermont ,Virginia ,Virgin Islands (Law passed and awaiting implementation)
W-Washington, West Virginia (Registered Nurse and Practical Nurse) ,Wisconsin and Wyoming
-Eight additional states have pending legislation waiting for approval before joining the eNLC. Pennsylvania and the Virgin Islands have passed legislation allowing for the eNLC but is currently awaiting implementation.
States with Pending Legislation for the eNLC/ Non Compact state:
M-Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota
This is the list of compact and non compact state list for license endorsement process. So when you select teh US state for initial license application, it is better to select compact state.
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