New Jersey nurses may now obtain a single license to practice in other states

| 29 Nov 2021 | 04:09

Nursing. New Jersey nurses who meet certain requirements may obtain a single license to practice in every state that participates in the program.

Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced the full implementation of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) on Nov. 16.

The NLC is an agreement between states that gives registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and vocational nurses (VNs) the ability to apply for a multistate license to work in their home state and other member states. New Jersey joins 37 other jurisdictions that participate in the NLC, affording nurses an easier way to provide services through telehealth or in person throughout the country.

New applicants for licensure who meet the requirements will be issued a multistate license once they complete the application process. Current licensees who wish to obtain a multistate license can apply online for an upgrade.

“During the Covid-19 pandemic we saw firsthand that having the tools and ability to mobilize qualified healthcare staff is critical during a public healthcare crisis,” said Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck. “This action by the Board of Nursing and the Division of Consumer Affairs will expand access to care and ensure that nurses have ample employment opportunities and can practice where they are needed most.”