On January 19, 2018, Wisconsin and other compact states belonging to the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) will begin issuing and recognizing eNLC multi-state nurse licenses. Colorado became the 28th state to join the enhanced compact this week, just under the wire before implementation. Wisconsin became the 27th state December 11, 2017 when Gov. Scott Walker enacted eNLC in Wisconsin as Act 135. (See previous Valued Voice article)
Since 2000, Wisconsin has been a part of an interstate nurse licensure agreement that reduces regulatory burden on nurses looking to practice in Wisconsin and provides nurses with license portability to treat patients in other states.
“High-quality health care attracts high-quality professionals, and Wisconsin health care is ranked at or near the top by many national measures,” according to Ann Zenk, WHA vice president, workforce and clinical practice. “Sustaining membership in a nurse licensure compact by joining the enhanced compact benefits high-quality health care by making it easier for patients to access care by Wisconsin nurses and removing regulatory barriers for nurses successfully recruited to work in Wisconsin’s high-quality health care facilities.”
WHA legal and government relations staff have prepared a summary on eNLC, available in the WHA members only portal. This summary will help WHA members better understand this newly implemented legislation. On January 16, WHA held a member forum webinar entitled “Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC): A Voluntary, Alternative & Expedited Process for Nurse Licensure.” For a recorded copy of the webinar, or for questions about eNLC, contact Ann Zenk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-274-1820.