Did it ever cross your mind on how some nurses obtain licensure in several states so quickly? Well, I’m willing to bet that their home state license or where they reside permanently is part of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).
Some of you are probably wondering what the heck is the eNLC and how can I obtain it? Well, let me break it down for you. The eNLC allows licensed registered or practical/vocational nurses to work across several states under one license. Louisiana became the 31st state in the nation to enact the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact(eNLC) on May 31, 2018 when Governor John Bel Edwards signed Senate Bill 202 into law. We were allowed to apply July 1, 2019. According to ncsbn.org, "the eNLC is an updated version of the original NLC that allows for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to have one multi-state license, with the authority to practice in person or via telehealth in both their home state and other eNLC states." Hearing that Louisiana finally joined was super exciting! My cousin and I were both waiting for the clock to strike midnight July 1, so we could be of the first batch to apply. I’ve been wanting to venture off and really travel outside of my home state for a while but paying for licensure in multiple states can be pricey!