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​Nurse Licensure Compact

Starting Sept. 5, 2023, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses from other states who hold multistate licenses through the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) will be able to provide in-person and telehealth services to PA patients. Please review information about the NLC and consult with your employer to determine whether a Pennsylvania license by endorsement is required based upon your state of residency, facility requirements, or need to obtain a CRNP or CNS certification.

What is the Nurse Licensure Compact?

The NLC is an agreement among 41 states and territories to recognize each other’s nurses who are licensed by compact members, similar to how states recognize each other’s driver’s licenses. 

How does this affect PA patients?

Allowing these qualified nurses to provide services here means that PA patients have access to additional health care resources and that PA health care facilities have access to an expanded workforce to help ease the commonwealth’s nursing shortage.

Will PA nurses be able to work in other NLC states?

Not yet. Pennsylvania nurses will be able to apply for a multistate license once the compact has been fully implemented.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)


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