Board of Nursing: Nurse Licensure Compact for Colorado

On July 1, 2006, Senate Bill 06-020 became law, allowing the State Board of Nursing to enter into a multi-state nurse licensure compact. The bill establishes relationships between participating states in the areas of licensure, discipline, and information sharing. Colorado's Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) became effective on October 1, 2007.

The NLC is an agreement between states to recognize each other's licensees. This model of mutual recognition was developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to facilitate interstate practice and regulation, allowing a nurse to have one license issued by his or her state of residence and to practice in other states participating in the NLC. The nurse is subject to each state's practice laws and discipline, but does not have to meet separate licensure eligibility requirements for each state.

Twenty-five (25) states belong to the NLC: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The NLC includes RN and LPN licensure only. LPN IV Authority, Advanced Practice, and Prescriptive Authorization must be obtained in each state of practice.

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