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Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC)

PROPOSED eNLC RULES - Please review the rules (Proposed eNLC Rules - PDF) as they will affect nursing practice in Arkansas. 


PUBLIC HEARING - The Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators (ICNLCA) will hold a hearing on proposed rules via teleconference at 2:00 p.m., CST, on December 8, 2017, and at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing headquarters in Chicago, IL.  Any interested person may present verbal comments on the proposed rules by attending the public hearing or via teleconference at 2:00 p.m., CST, on December 8, 2017.  Additional in-person and teleconference participant information is posted at www.ncsbn.org/enlcrules.

WRITTEN COMMENTS - Interested persons may electronically submit written comments regarding the proposed rules at www.ncsbn.org/enlcrules.  Parties wishing to make a comment for consideration may do so by clicking the rule they wish to comment on and fill in the information requested along with the comment.  Written comments on the proposed rules must be submitted by 2:00 p.m., CST, on December 8, 2017.  If electronic submission is not possible, verbal comments will be permitted at the public hearing.

Historically, in 1999, the Arkansas Legislature passed the original Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) and it was implemented in July 1, 2000. The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) is an updated version of the previous NLCThe eNLC allows for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to have one multistate license, with the privilege to practice physically, electronically or telephonically in both their home state (Primary State of Residence) and other states that have joined the eNLC.

The Arkansas legislature passed the eNLC at the 2017 General Assembly and this allowed the state to enter into the eNLC. The official implementation date for the eNLC is January 19, 2018. There are new features in the provisions of the legislation of the eNLC. Licensing standards are aligned in eNLC states so all applicants for a multistate nursing license are required to meet the same standards. One of those requirements includes that in order to obtain a multistate license, new licensees must meet 11 uniform licensure requirements as identified here - Uniform Licensure Requirements for a Multistate License. So just because a nurse is licensed in an eNLC state, it does not mean a multistate license was automatically issued. The nurse may just have a single state license. The status of a nursing license can be verified for participating states (Arkansas is a participating state) at www.nursys.com. If the original state of nurse licensure is not a Nursys® participant, contact the original state licensing board.

Nurses must follow the laws and regulations of the state in which nursing practice occurs. In the case of electronic practice (telenursing), nurses must adhere to the practice standards of the state in which the client receives care.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs)

Historically, in 2002, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Delegate Assembly approved the adoption of model language of a licensure compact for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Only those states that have adopted the RN and LPN/VN enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact may implement a compact for APRNs. On March 15, 2004, Utah became the first state to enter into the APRN Compact. Iowa followed in 2005. At this time no date has been set for the implementation of the APRN Compact.

APRNs are not issued a license under the eNLC. The APRN must have an active Arkansas APRN license or a multistate license with the privilege to practice in Arkansas.

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