As you may be aware, Virginia has passed a law to allow it to become a member of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). The eNLC will be implemented in Virginia on Jan. 19, 2018. Please take a moment to read the information below about the eNLC and how it may affect your license.
The enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) is very similar to the original Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) our state belongs to.
States that are members of the eNLC will issue multistate licenses that allow you to practice physically, electronically and/or telephonically across a state border to patients located in other states that are members of the eNLC.
If you have a current Virginia multistate license, you will be grandfathered into the eNLC and no further action is needed from you unless you move to another state.
As with the original NLC, if you practice in other states on your multistate license, you must adhere to the laws and regulations of the state where the patient is located.
Here are some important changes we want you to know about:
The eNLC has specific licensure requirements, these are called “Uniform Licensure Requirements (ULRs).” As stated above, all nurses previously declaring Virginia their home state and holding a multistate license will be grandfathered into the eNLC; however, if you move to another state that is a member of the eNLC, you will need to meet the ULRs in order to obtain a multistate license. Likewise, all nurses applying for licensure and declaring Virginia their home state will need to meet the ULRs.
The states that are part of the eNLC are not exactly the same as the original NLC. If you have an eNLC multistate license, you can only practice in those designated eNLC states (see ncsbn.org/enlc for an updated map).
If you need to practice in a state that is not a member of the eNLC, you need a single state license issued from that state regardless of whether you hold a multistate license.
If you need more information:
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has a website (ncsbn.org/enlc) that will provide you with the details you need to know about this new and exciting change for licensure in your state.
On the website, there are numerous resources available for your use, including written information, videos and infographics.
The website will also lead you to our state board of nursing website that has state-specific information on it.
Jay Douglas Executive Director Virginia Board of Nursing
What is New?
The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) increases access to care while maintaining public protection at the state level.
The eNLC has specific licensure requirements referred to as “Uniform Licensure Requirements(ULRs).” Under the eNLC, in order to receive a license with multi-state privilege, applicants must meet all UULRs in accordance with Virginia Code § 54.1-3040.3 C. Applicants must attest the having met these requirements at the time of initial application and renewal.
The eNLC is a modern licensure solution for the 21st century, allowing for nurses living in compact states to practice in all other compact states with a single multistate license. The states that participate in the eNLC are not exactly the same as the original NLC. In states that are new to the eNLC, existing licenses did not automatically convert to multi-state privilege license and licensees must apply for a multi-state privilege license.
New states are in the process of implementing the eNLC. The Implementation Map has up-to-date membership information.
Transitioning to the eNLC
There are some important changes coming as states transition to the eNLC. This Video explains the changes and benefits for nurses, employers and educators.
States participating in the eNLC will not be the same states participating in the original NLC. If you have an eNLC multi-state license, you may only practice in eNLC participating states.
The eNLC has the same purpose and function as the original NLC with enhancements which include additional member states and uniform licensure requirements (ULRs).
Nurses with an original NLC multistate license will be grandfathered into the eNLC. New applicants residing in compact states will need to meet the 11 Uniform Licensure Requirements.
The NLC authorizes Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses (licensed) and residing in a compact state to practice in other compact states without the necessity of obtaining an additional license. The NLC facilitates nursing practice among the compact states by requiring the nurse to maintain a license in his/her Primary State of Residence which grants “multi-state privilege” to practice in other compact states.
Primary State of Residence (PSOR) is defined by the Compact as: the state of a person’s declared fixed permanent and principal home or domicile for legal purposes.Evidence of a PSOR may be required.
Per the NLC, acceptable documents (evidence) of proof of residency are:
a current driver’s license
voter’s registration card
a federal income tax return
military form #2058 (active duty military personnel only)
W2 from U.S. government
The privilege to practice in compact statesrequires that the nurse practice according to the laws and regulations of each state in which the nurse practices or provides care (i.e., the state in which the patient is located at the time care is rendered), either physically or electronically. Nursing practice is not limited to patient care, and includes all nursing practice as defined by each compact state’s practice laws. Click here to read Virginia Laws and Regulations governing the practice of Nursing.
Exceptions (Federal Government/Military Staff)
Federal government employees and military staff practicing exclusively in federal and military systems are required to hold only one current active license from any state. Proof of employment may be required for issuance of the license.
Federal employees or military nurses practicing in a civilian health system are bound by the laws and rules of the Nurse Licensure Compact.
Federal government/military employees may be issued only one multi-state privilege license at a time, if proof of residency in compact state provided; if no proof provided, a single-state license may be issued regardless of where nurse resides.
Legal Memorandum to Employers Regarding Accepting Multi-State Licenses (Adopted by the NLC January 8 2019): See the legal opinion adopted by the NLC which establishes that an employer’s refusal to honor a multistate license or requiring prospective employees to apply for licenses in more than one compact state clearly violates the [Nurse Licensure] Compact.