SOURCE: NCSBN

April 06, 2007 06:00 ET

NCSBN Selects Kentucky Board of Nursing for Funding to Implement Nurse Licensure Compact

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 6, 2007 --The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN®) (www.ncsbn.org) has issued the first contract award to the Kentucky Board of Nursing for its implementation of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) under a grant that NCSBN received from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Office for the Advancement of Telehealth. NCSBN received the grant to work with state boards of nursing to reduce licensure barriers impacting telehealth and interstate nursing practice.

"We are very appreciative of this grant that will assist the Kentucky Board of Nursing to implement the NLC in a manner that best benefits our constituents," remarks Charlotte F. Beason, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

Currently 22 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 Criminal Background Checks (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.

NCSBN Board of Directors President Faith Fields comments, "We are excited to begin issuing the contract awards that will aid boards of nursing to initiate the NLC and pleased to provide funding to the Kentucky Board of Nursing to support them in implementing their participation."

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 Kristin Hellquist, NCSBN director of policy and government relations, by calling 312.525.3665 or by e-mailing khellquist@ncsbn.org.

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

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