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Updates from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Texas currently participates with 24 other states in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), adopted by the Texas Legislature in 1999 and signed into law by Governor George Bush on June 19, 1999. The NLC became effective on January 1, 2000 allowing registered nurses (RNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) with compact privileges the ability to practice in remote compact states through a mutual recognition licensure model. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) held a special delegate assembly on May 4, 2015 where delegates from member boards of nursing voted to adopt model legislation language for states to enact a new NLC as well as an advanced practice registered nurse licensure compact. As with the present NLC, both of these new licensure compacts will require legislative action prior to implementation. For more information about the NLC and the benefits of compact licensure, please visit: https://www.ncsbn. org/compacts.htm

On May 15, 2015, NCSBN announced it will be partnering with the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers to conduct the U.S. Nursing Workforce Study this summer. Presently, this is the only study being conducted that focuses specifically on the national nursing workforce. The data collected are critical in identifying the current supply of nurses and forecasting workforce demands and resource allocation needs to ensure access to care is maintained. Surveys were sent to 260,000 randomly selected nurses in June. Of note, this year the study will include surveys of LVNs in addition to RNs. For more information about the 2015 U.S. Nursing Workforce Study and highlights of the 2013 U.S. Nursing Workforce Study, please visit: https://www.ncsbn.org/workforce.htm

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Date:Jul 1, 2015
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