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Pennsylvania Compact State??

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Last time I looked into this there had not been any updates since I believe 2009 or something like that. How can we find out infomation on this or how to go about trying to have it submited into house for vote??? Last time I believe they refused it stating there was a large need for it and that only 4% of nurses from Pa worked in other states, becoming compact would cause more issues with difference in what is required by Pa verse other states and felt it would cause lower quality nurses?? Nurses without proper continued education/training, increase possibility to be at risk for multi investigations?? Does anyone have any updates or have any thoughts to add on this issue??? For me my husband travels for work and most of the states he goes too are compact states...so Pa jumping on board would be a blessing for me. Now to have to try to figure out where to start to get each state license and pay hundreds of dollars each time then the additional cost of renewals is just overwhelming.

PA is not a member of the NLC and I'm not aware of any plans to join. Each state makes its own decision about this.

Swellz

Specializes in oncology, MS/tele/stepdown. Has 6 years experience.

I would not hold your breath on PA becoming compact. When we started looking at houses, I only looked in compact states because I wanted the flexibility for travel nursing. When I was based in PA, all of my other licenses were compact, which was incredibly frustrating.

The first place to check for information on whether on not Pennsylvania has an eNLC bill is www.ncsbn.org Then try the Pennsylvania State Board Of Nursing website. Also, look for information on the Pennsylvania State Nurses' Association website. Rebecca Fotsch (at the National Council Of The State Board Of Nursing) is one of the main people in charge of arranging for lobbyists to work with state legislators to get a nurse compact licensure bill passed. I have NEVER seen any information about the Pennsylvania BON supporting the compact. I have also never seen any information that they oppose the compact.

Many states are now actively pursuing compact status. 31 states are members of the nurse compact, and about 10 more should join within the next two years. I would write letters to the president of the Pennsylvania BON, and to members of your state legislature who seem to support health related bills. The more letters they receive, the more they will realize that we nurses really want the compact in every single one of our states.

Currently the states of Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois, and Michigan all have active eNLC bills. The states of Vermont, New York, Indiana, Alaska, Nevada, Hawaii, California, and Washington all have groups who are actively pushing for eNLC bills in their state legislatures. All 50 states will eventually join the compact ; Pennsylvania would be a welcome addition to the ever expanding nurse licensure compact.

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.

Compact license is only good if you LIVE in the state of initial compact license and work in another state that is also a member of the compact.

Once one PERMANENTLY MOVES to a different state, you need to obtain that states license.

I've been involved in helping to pass changes in PA Nurse Practice Act over the years ---average is 4-6 years from getting a legislator to introduce a bill, to getting through PA House committees, PA legislature approval and governors signature. PA still has a very conservative legislature and medical mindset. Nursing schools produce more nursing graduates than starting positions available, so there is minimal interest in compact license.

Hi Karen,

Thanks for the update. I was wondering about Pennsylvania, since most of the other states are either in the nurse-compact or working to get legislation passed. A few state nursing boards openly oppose compact licensure (Ohio, Oregon, Alabama, and Rhode Island) for various reasons, but nurses in Pennsylvania and Connecticut have been pretty quiet about this issue.

I would like to invite Pennsylvania to join the nurse-compact. I have had a compact license for a decade now, and find that it makes my professional life much easier. In fact, the Colorado BON felt so strongly about keeping it's nurse-compact status, that it hired a marketing-lobbyist team to get the bill through the Colorado state legislature in just a few weeks. This plan worked; Colorado is now a member of the "new and improved" nurse-compact.

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Pennsylvania has a brand new nurse-compact bill. 😃😃😃

Where can I find out more about this and how to help with it?

Hi,

The website: www.ncsbn.org has the most up to date and comprehensive information about the nurse-compact. The new bill is Pennsylvania SB655. The primary sponsor for this bill is Senator Lisa Boscola (18th Senatorial District). This bill has a lot of co-sponsors, so there are probably a few senators that you could contact.

That's great I'd be happy to contact any one that will listen and help

Good Luck! I have had the most success with legislators who are health-care professionals. It is wonderful to see how many nurses are serving our country as congressmen and congresswomen.

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.

SB655 has one Republican and several Democratic Senators, most from 5 county Philadelphia, 1 Pittsburgh, 1 Lehigh and Northhampton counties as cosigneers.... need Senators to cosign from middle of state/rural areas or won't get passed.

Time to contact your legislators, link to locate legislator available here: https://www.pasen.gov/index.cfm

Thank you...now can you tell me what is best to say or write to them. I want to do what ever will make the most impact and I have never contacted any before 🙂

The www.ncsbn.org website is a great place to start looking for advice. Click on the "Take Action" tab in the "NLC" section and you will see a whole tutorial on what you can do to support the compact. You can use the provided letter template, or personalize your appeal with some of your own issues. I have had several different state licenses at the same time, and the large amount of paperwork involved in keeping up with these licenses has been a little overwhelming. Some travel nurses need spread sheets to help them complete all of their license renewal requirements. Also, non compact states all require different amounts of time to get a new license by endorsement. It is not acceptable to have to wait six months for a state license, when all of the paperwork has been submitted correctly.

It is always best to contact the legislator who actually represents you, as you may have voted for them. It is also a good idea to contact any legislators who are healthcare workers. Nurses and doctors in the legislature are strongly supporting the compact.

New Jersey just passed the compact. Because many New Jersey nurses actually work in Pennsylvania, this should help improve the likelihood that the compact will also get passed in Pennsylvania. As the baby boomer nurses retire, the need for licensed nurses will increase. Anything that makes it easier for nurses who live near the borders of two or more states, to work in two or more states is wonderful for the patients receiving care, the hospitals who need healthcare workers, and the nurses who need job flexibility.

On 12/22/2018 at 3:12 PM, NRSKarenRN said:

Compact license is only good if you LIVE in the state of initial compact license and work in another state that is also a member of the compact.

Once one PERMANENTLY MOVES to a different state, you need to obtain that states license.

I've been involved in helping to pass changes in PA Nurse Practice Act over the years ---average is 4-6 years from getting a legislator to introduce a bill, to getting through PA House committees, PA legislature approval and governors signature. PA still has a very conservative legislature and medical mindset. Nursing schools produce more nursing graduates than starting positions available, so there is minimal interest in compact license.

Thank you so much for posting this. I have written a few articles / posts / rants / tantrums about how saturated the market is in PA, the lack of compact state licensing, and the lock out of ADNs in hospitals. It impossible to find work in nursing here, with or without a BSN.

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.

Southeast PA counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia are the most saturated markets.

Plenty of work elsewhere: Allegheny Health Network, Western PA is even recruiting overseas as unable fill positions.