ANA-Michigan Urges Legislature and Governor Whitmer To Act on Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) (House Bill 4042)

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Position Statement - Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact

ANA-Michigan Urges Legislature and Governor Whitmer To Act on Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC)

(House Bill 4042)

[LANSING, MICHIGAN, 03/13/2020] House Bill 4042 provides a multi-state license allowing registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to practice nursing in their home states as well as across state lines in other compact states without obtaining additional licensing in each state.

Michigan is in line to join 34 other states who have enacted the NLC. The bill passed after approval from the House Health Policy Committee in June of 2019, then approval from the House Ways and Means Committee and passed the full House of Representatives on February 26, 2020. Currently, the bill is pending in committee in the Michigan Senate.

Due to the current State of Emergency enacted by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, as a result of the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, knowledgeable, licensed healthcare professionals are in rampant need throughout Michigan and across the country. ANA-Michigan is requesting consideration from Governor Whitmer to authorize an executive order to pass this legislation with the support of the decision from the Michigan Senate.

The NLC increases access to care and maintains public protections at the state level. With the evolving crisis, Michigan should take the initiative to position our healthcare professionals for success in treating our citizens or helping our neighboring states in need.

[American Nurses Association-Michigan (ANA-Michigan) is the premier organization representing the interests of registered nurses (RNs) across the state. ANA-Michigan brings nurses together to advance their careers and the profession through standard-setting, advocacy, and professional development.]