Bill Entering New Jersey Into Multi-State Licensing Agreement For Nurses Signed Into Law

Legislation entering New Jersey into the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) will allow licensed New Jersey nurses to practice in any state that has also entered into this agreement. The bill (A-1597), sponsored by Assembly Democrat Paul Moriarty was signed into law Friday.

Prior to this licensure agreement, nurses had to obtain a license from each state in which they intended to practice nursing. This process involved applications, fees and possibly even testing that could make it more complicated for nurses to relocate or treat patients in other states.

The eNLC requires each participating state to use the same set of standards for licensure so that a nurse from one state will have the necessary qualifications to practice in any of the 33 other states that are a part of the compact.

“It’s now easier than ever for our state to promptly provide nurses with employment when they move here,” said Moriarty (D-Camden, Gloucester). “This helps make New Jersey more appealing to talented professionals throughout the country and ensures that none of their services go to waste upon their arrival.”

The compact not only makes it easier for nurses to move to other locations, but also allows them to partake in the remote treatment of patients in other states via telemedicine, while still practicing nursing in their home state.

Under the eNLC, each state has a representative on an interstate commission that handles the implementation, administration, and regulation of the compact. Each state also has access to a database of any investigations or penalties against nurses in order to monitor their status and suspend or revoke licenses as necessary.