Compact States

Compact States

Map and list of compact states from the NLC; how to apply for a compact nursing license in 25 states.

List of Compact Nursing States

Compact Nursing States Map

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1 Arizona 14 New Hampshire
2 Arkansas 15 New Mexico
3 Colorado 16 North Carolina
4 Delaware 17 North Dakota
5 Idaho 18 Rhode Island
6 Iowa 19 South Carolina
7 Kentucky 20 South Dakota
8 Maine 21 Tennessee
9 Maryland 22 Texas
10 Mississippi 23 Utah
11 Missouri 24 Virginia
12 Montana 25 Wisconsin
13 Nebraska    

Benefits of Working in Compact States

An RN license in one of the nursing compact states offers incredible flexibility by allowing nurses to practice across state lines with one multi­-state license.

Who is Eligible for a Compact Nursing License?

Registered Nurses can obtain a compact (multi state) nursing license if they:

  1. Legally reside in a NLC state See list of compact nursing states above.
  2. Hold an active RN or LPN/VN nursing license in good standing
  3. Declare an NLC state as their primary state of residency
  4. Meet the licensure requirements in their home state
  5. Note: Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are not included in this compact.
You can find out more about obtaining and updating your nursing license in compact states at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing site.

What is the Nurse Licensure Compact?

Designed by the National Council of the State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) with the objective to remove regulatory obstacles and increase access to safe nursing care, The RN and LPN/VN Nurse Licensure Compact was established more than a decade ago. The NCSBN currently recognizes 25 Nurse Licensure Compact States; with additional states pending legislation. Nurses with a compact nursing license may practice both physically and/or electronically through a streamlined process without additional applications or fees across NLC state lines.

Quick Facts about Travel Nurse Jobs in Compact Nursing States

  • Travel nurse jobs in America’s nursing compact states offer top pay and great benefits.
  • Travel nurses declaring an NLC state as their primary residence will be issued a compact nursing license by that state. In turn, working in other nursing compact states won't require additional licenses to practice.
  • RNs without permanent residency in an NLC state, wishing to practice in one, should apply for a single state license in the state in which they wish to practice.
  • Nurses working in travel nurse jobs at NLC states, will be held accountable to the Nurse Practice Act of the state where the patient is located or where practice occurs.

* Source: NCSBA website – updated 12/2015

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Deb Bacurin

What Registered Nurses Should Know About Licensure in RN Compact States

Weighing in on nursing licensure in compact states, Deb Bacurin, Clinical Resource Manager at American Traveler says,

" If you're an RN seeking high-paying travel nursing jobs, you'll find that a compact nursing license can give you a real career advantage. The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) enables practice across many states … and that means great job flexibility and career development. The compact nursing license process is easy and efficient -- and it gives you fast access to more jobs in more locations. "

How can working in a Nurse Licensure Compact state help you land more travel nurse jobs?

Half of the states in the US are members of of the NLC, and the membership continues to grow.

If you're a licensed RN with a primary residence in one of these states, you'll have quick access to travel nursing jobs in other member states. You'll love the freedom to practice without going through the standard cross-state licensure process. 

Your American Traveler recruiter will be happy to talk you through the process, help with applicable fees, and complete a declaration of primary state of residency. In the end, you’ll have a nursing license to do what you love in another state!