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Texans take note: Important change to the Nurse Licensure Compact Rule

The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) is an agreement between various states that allows nurses to practice in multiple states. Instead of needing licensure in each individual state, those that are part of the NLC can practice nursing in other member states once they have their license in their home state. The NLC enhances nurse’s mobility and the healthcare system’s flexibility.

Texas is a member of the NLC, which means nurses in the state of Texas can make use of the NLC and benefit from increased access to job opportunities and pursue careers in other NLC states without obtaining additional licenses, simplifying the job search and application process.

Experienced nurses know that the laws and agreements that guide their practice often evolve — the NLC is no different.

What has changed?

A recent change to the NLC impacts nurses who change their primary state of residence. The update went into effect January 2, 2024. The new rule does not apply to travel nurses or others who are only temporarily practicing in a different state, only those who make a permanent change.

The update results in one key change compared to the old rule include: a deadline. A nurse who moves from one compact state to another compact state and changes their primary state of residency must now apply for a new license in their current state of residence within 60 days of relocation. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license within the new state of residency, is required. A failure to meet this requirement could have a negative impact on the status of the nursing license.

It is important to note that the nurse does not need to receive the new license prior to the 60-day deadline. The nurse must simply complete the application process within this time frame.

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