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  • NJ A1822
  • Enters New Jersey in Nurse Multistate Licensure Compact.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would enter New Jersey in the Nurse Multistate Licensure Compact (NMLC). The NMLC provides for a mutual recognition model of nurse licensure (for registered professional nurses and licensed practical nurses), in which a nurse only needs to obtain one license from the nurse's state of residence in order to be permitted to practice nursing in any other state that is a party to the compact, as long as the nurse complies with the state practice laws of the state in which the patient is located at the time that care is rendered. Currently, a nurse is required to be licensed in, and by, each state in which the nurse chooses to practice. Under the NMLC, a nurse who applies for licensure is required to meet the qualifications for licensure and license renewal of the nurse's state of residence. While a nurse may be licensed in any state or states that are not parties to the compact, a nurse may only be licensed in one state that is a party to the compact. The NMLC authorizes a state that is a party to the compact to limit, suspend, or revoke the multistate licensure privilege of any nurse to practice in that state and may take any other actions under the applicable state laws necessary to protect the health and safety of the citizens of the party state. All party states are authorized to take actions against a nurse's privileges to practice in the state, including, suspension, revocation, or probation. In New Jersey, the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety is to be the Compact Administrator. The NMLC also establishes a coordinated licensure information system that will include a database on the licensure and disciplinary history of all nurses licensed in the party states. The party states will be required to report to the coordinated system all adverse actions against nurses, including actions against multistate licensure privileges, any current significant investigative information yet to result in an adverse action, and denials of applications and the reasons for the denials. This information will be shared with party states unless the state submitting the information designates information that may not be shared or disclosed without the permission of the contributing state. The coordinated licensure information system is to be administered by a nonprofit organization composed of and controlled by state nurse licensing boards. The NMLC is intended to address the expanded mobility of nurses and the use of advanced communication technologies (telemedicine) by nurses, which requires greater coordination and cooperation among states in the areas of nurse licensure and regulation. The NMLC also is intended to facilitate the exchange of information between states in the area of nurse regulation, investigation and adverse actions. As of October 2009, 23 states (including Maryland and Delaware) were participating in the NMLC. The provisions of this bill are identical to those of P.L.2001, c.340 (C.45:11A-1 et seq.), which entered New Jersey in the NMLC for a five-year period (from January 1, 2002 to January 1, 2007), but expired without ever being implemented.
Health and Senior Services
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
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