Colorado and New Mexico Join the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact

Colorado and New Mexico Join the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact

On January 18, Governor Hickenlooper of Colorado and Governor Martinez of New Mexico signed the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) bills, one day prior to their implementation. This brings the total of eNLC states to 29.


What is eNLC?


eNLC allows nurses licensed under eNLC to provide care to patients in any eNLC state without having to gain any additional licenses.


The original Nurse Licensure Compact had 25 member states. Nurses licensed under the earlier NLC will be grandfathered in with the new eNLC.


Applicants to eNLC must be eligible and meet the qualifications for a state license, have graduated from a licensure board-approved education program, speak proficient English, pass all required exams, and undergo extensive background checks.


The purpose of the enhanced Nurse Licensing Compact is to increase access to care and still maintain public protection at the state level.


What does this mean for telehealth?


The enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact will support telehealth, as it allows nurses to practice across states without gaining additional licenses. This will increase access to care and the reach of telehealth.


Which states participate in eNLC?


Twenty-nine states are members of the compact.


Enhanced NLC states include:


  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming


For more information, please visit https://www.ncsbn.org/enhanced-nlc-implementation.htm or https://nursecompact.com/.


Katherine Hartner is Encounter Telehealth’s Social Media and Marketing Intern. She is studying journalism, with a concentration in PR and advertising, at UNO. She has written multiple articles for the Gateway, UNO’s student-run newspaper, and is active with MavRadio, UNO’s college radio station. In her free time, she enjoys writing fiction, gardening, and volunteering.

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