The Nurse Licensure Compact: Past, present, and future
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In the 1990s, the National Counsel of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) introduced the first official Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) to address inefficiencies with the traditional state-by-state licensure system. These days, as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, the NLC continues to make headlines as more states join in order to grant health care professionals more mobility and freedom in their work. But is this multi-state licensure compact effective? And what lies ahead for a program ultimately created to make skilled health care more available across geopolitical boundaries? We explore in our brief history of the NLC.