December 18, 2006 06:00 ET

NCSBN Hosts Summit Funded by Federal Grant to Promote Nurse Licensure Portability

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 18, 2006 --The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) ( received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Office for the Advancement of Telehealth to work with state boards of nursing to reduce licensure barriers impacting telehealth and interstate nursing practice. NCSBN kicked-off this initiative with its member boards at a Licensure Portability Summit, held Dec. 11, 2006, in Washington, D.C.

The Summit focused on providing state boards of nursing with information on how to implement the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) and Criminal Background Checks (CBC). Currently 23 states have passed the NLC law and 20 have implemented the mutual recognition model for nurse licensure. The NLC is modeled after the U.S. Drivers License Compact; it allows nurses who legally reside in an NLC state and meet the uniform core requirements to practice in other participating NLC states on the privilege to practice. Additionally, NCSBN promotes the utilization of CBCs (especially FBI fingerprint checks) as one of its Delegate Assembly adopted uniform core requirements for state boards of nursing. In doing so, NCSBN is recognizing that by assisting all states in implementing this activity, it will advance licensure portability across the U.S.

Representatives from more than 25 boards of nursing that have not yet adopted the NLC or CBC were invited to the grant-funded Summit to learn about these important initiatives and how to reduce barriers to licensure portability for nursing. The grant will focus on areas of study needed to address licensure portability barriers for nurses, including the potential start-up costs of adopting the NLC and CBC to a state board of nursing; organizations who are not supportive of the NLC and their reasons why; and potential policy models for making CBC portable for nurses from state to state.

Speakers at the Summit included Dr. Dena Puskin, director for the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, and Robert Waters, a partner with Gardner, Carton and Douglas and a noted telehealth and licensure portability expert. These national experts provided insight into the issues surrounding a lack of licensure portability for nurses in the U.S. and spoke about key environmental trends related to telehealth and licensure portability.

NCSBN President Faith Fields noted in her opening remarks at the Summit, "In today's environment nurses have an expectation that their licensure should be portable from state to state, and much like how the Transportation Security Administration ensures that travelers are safe to be flown to and from destinations, state boards of nursing have a responsibility to protect the public through initiatives that allow for better access to care and permit licensure portability that best protects the citizens of their state."

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose membership comprises the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.

Mission: The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), composed of Member Boards, provides leadership to advance regulatory excellence for public protection.

Inquiries about the Licensure Portability Grant or the NLC may be directed to the Kristin Hellquist, NCSBN director of policy & government relations at 312.525.3665 or

National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
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Chicago, IL 60601-4277

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