What is the NLC?
The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) — or, since 2018, the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) — is an agreement among about 30 states to let nurses practice freely across their borders with a single license.
Effectively a multi-state nursing license, the NLC applies to registered nurses as well as LVNs/LPNs. The idea is to eliminate the process of obtaining a new nursing license when practicing in another state, which can be expensive and time-consuming, to let nurses fill essential jobs right away.
The requirements include that a nurse has a primary residence in a member state (see list and map below) and has a current license in good standing and can pass a federal and state criminal background check. Contact your state nursing board for details on how to acquire an NLC.
Nurse Licensure Compact States
What states are in the nursing licensure compact? The list changes regularly, but as of August 2020, it included: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Please note that this map and list are meant as informal guides. We take no responsibility for unexpected changes to the current list of nursing compact states. You can always find an updated list on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
Travel Jobs for Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Holders
If you have an active nursing compact license and you’re interested in helping facilities in other states meet their patient care needs, we have travel jobs across the United States! By traveling to assignments in other states, you can help struggling communities meet the increased demands and shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
We’ve implemented specific policies to boost infection prevention during the pandemic. Learn more about our Covid-19 policies here.
Travel jobs are much more streamlined for NLC members. If you have NLC license and you’re looking to help out, don’t delay—facilities across the country need your help. Contact us here to connect with a CareerStaff recruiter today.
Nurse Licensure Compact Facts & Resources
Some of the organizations that support the NLC include the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), the National Patient Safety Foundation, and many others. Find a full list at the NCSBN’s NLC fact sheet.
〉 NLC fact sheet