Making it easier for licensed nurses to practice in NC

Legislation to allow nurses to practice in any state that is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact passed the North Carolina General Assembly last week.

AARP helped push for the legislation that maintains patient safety and quality of care while making it easier for nurses to practice in our state. It allows licensed nurses from other states to practice in North Carolina without having to get re-licensed. The passage of the NLC will help North Carolinians by increasing the access to nurses both in their offices and virtually.

The Nurse Licensure Compact removes some unnecessary practice burdens and is recognized in 24 other states. As North Carolina’s population grows, the Compact will help prevent nursing shortages, appointments wait times, and could triage care in the event of a hurricane or other disaster in the state.

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