Quote from Sashi48
Anybody have the inside scoop as to what is holding up Florida from becoming a compact state? I've been a nurse here for 27 years and never thought about it before. Now I'd like to do some travel nursing and it would be so much easier if Fl. was compact. Does anyone know if it's ever been discussed? What would it take to get the ball rolling?:roll
It has been discussed frequently, along with ratios, etc.
There are several reasons:
Florida has an incredibly inefficient system for processing licenses. While things have improved, it used to be common to have 3-9 month waits for licensure. It is also one of the more expensive states to write boards or apply for reciprocity/endorsement. Florida has no state income tax, therefore they try to get (extort) money in other ways. For a while, impact fees were a big issue. If they permit compact license, they will lose revenue to the state.
I believe that they also require fingerprint checks, which are then required by many places of health care employment. Many compact states do not require those.
Yes, it would make sense, but until the Nursing shortage gets seriously severe there, it is doubtful that Jeb Bush will push any agenda that will reduce income to the government or hurt his "special interests" (ratios that might hurt the profits of Forprofit hospitals, added criminal checks that allay the fears of the AARP)
Instead, the legislature has passed legislation to allow for low cost morgages, (a very self serving measure as alot of state moneys come from property taxes) and measures to forgive loan debt for nurses that go into teaching (which ignores the fact that you cannot be good nursing instructor without working as a nurse for several years....by which time, you would have paid much of that debt).