Bill allowing multi-state nursing licenses

State / Regional

MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT)- A proposed bill in the Alabama Legislature would allow nurses in Alabama to work in other states without having a license from that state.

The bill would create a Enact Nurse Licensure Compact, Alabama is the only state in the Southeast that isn’t in the compact.

The compact would allow nurses to easily transition across state lines to work flex position in Alabama hospitals.

According to the Alabama Board of Nurses, currently employers report difficulties in hiring travel or temporary nurses, due to unwillingness to obtain an Alabama license. This is an issue in rural hospitals when it comes to meeting staffing needs.   

There are currently 31 states that participate in eNLC. The bill passed the Senate unanimously Thursday, the House is expected to take it up Tuesday. 

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