National Nursing Licensure v. State Licensure for Healthcare Professionals - page 2
National nursing licensure promotes more effective licensing than does state licensure by alleviating the ever-present nursing shortage and promoting mobility among the nursing workforce. Some of the... Read More
Dec 6, '12Quote from DogWmnThey are certified, not licensed.Medical Technologists are nationally licensed.
Many EMTs and Paramedics are nationally certified by NREMT. However, to practice, they must be state certified. The NREMT certification merely makes it easier to get certified in another state.
The NREMT exam is much like NCLEX. Nurses have an easier time moving their license between states than do Paramedics.
By the way, physicians are licensed by states, not nationally.
Dec 6, '12Quote from NRSKarenRNPilot licensing is actually certification in US.
This is true. While it is colloquially called a 'pilot's license', it is technically an 'airman certificate'. Mine says 'certificate number' right on it.
I am not completely on-board with the federal government issuing nursing licenses...this was never an intended function of the federal government (bravo to the poster who mentioned the 10th Amendment). The "we all take the same test" argument doesn't work out well when you consider that each state sets the criteria for didactic and clinical hours for eligibility to take the test. If every state would get together and set the same rules for eligibility to take the NCLEX, then perhaps a nationwide compact would provide the same convenience as a national license without the overstepping of the federal government.
Dec 6, '12Quote from kabfighterAdd broadcast engineers to the list of federally licensed professionals. I still have mine.All pilots (including those who fly for a living) are licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration. This license is also recognized internationally by all members of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Beyond that, how much more federal control of our lives do we really want?
Dec 6, '12Quote from Overland1Again, this is dictated by the nature of the profession. Broadcast rules fall under the FCC as, like pilots, electromagnetic waves don't stay within one state (or country or planet) on a fractional second to fractional second basis.Add broadcast engineers to the list of federally licensed professionals. I still have mine.
For virtually every other engineer, registration and licensure falls to individual states even though exams like the FE and the PE are national exams.
Dec 7, '12Quote from kabfighterAll of the remaining states are free to sign the NLC (Nurse Licensure Compact) if they choose -- they just haven't chosen to do so, and that's their prerogative.If every state would get together and set the same rules for eligibility to take the NCLEX, then perhaps a nationwide compact would provide the same convenience as a national license without the overstepping of the federal government.
However, that still would not provide "the same convenience" as a national license -- rather, nursing licenses would work the same as our driver's licenses. The only reason we're able to drive cross-country without having to stop at each state line and apply for a new license is because long ago, in the dawn of the Automobile Age, the states recognized that wasn't going to be practical and all got together and signed a compact (same as the NLC) agreeing to temporarily recognize each other's licenses. However, when you move to a new state, you still have to apply and pay for a driver's license in your new home state. There's no "national" license to drive.