National Nurses Week 2024! Pennsylvania Nurses Hope for Full Implementation of Act 68 Nurse Licensure Compact

Updated on May 11, 2024

It was a great day for Pennsylvania nurses in Harrisburg on April 30, 2024! Just in time for National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2024, action is being taken towards making Act 68 Nurse Licensure Compact fully implemented. 

Act 68 NLC was signed into law in July 2021, but hasn’t been fully implemented.

Governor Shapiro authorized partial implementation of the act Sept. 5, 2023, which allowed nurses with multistate licenses from one of the other 38 NLC states to work in Pennsylvania. But, Pennsylvania nurses still had to wait for full implementation. (NCSBN NLC States https://nursecompact.com/index.page#map)

Yet, this week, two bills moved forward in the PA legislature which will make this happen, Senate Bill 1165 and House Bill 2200.

Senate Bill 1165 Allowing Pennsylvania to Fully Implement Interstate Licensure Compacts , sponsored by Senator Boscola, was reported out of the Committee and is up for a vote by the full SENATE. (Click on the link below for a video of Senator Boscola addressing the Committee. 

https://senatorboscola.com/boscola-bill-allowing-pennsylvania-to-fully-implement-interstate-licensure-compacts-passes-committee

The second bill to move forward is House Bill 2200 FBI-Approved Language to Implement Licensure Compacts. It was approved by the full HOUSE with 200 Yea votes. HB2200 amends Title 63 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes requiring applicants for a multi-state compact license to get an FBI background check with fingerprints.

According to the last posted set of minutes from the State Board of Nursing (SBN), they are continuing to make technological changes to the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS) so that it is ready to issue multistate licenses once Act 68 Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) is fully approved.  (State Board of Nursing Minutes, December 11,  2023.)

The American Nurses Association celebrates National Nurses Week May 6 – May 12, 2024, and through the entire month of May. This year’s theme is “Nurses Make the Difference” honoring “the varying roles of nurses and their positive impact on our lives”.

Maybe Pennsylvania nurses have a little more to celebrate than other states this year, as they await full implementation of Act 68 Nurse Licensure Compact!

Click this link to FIND MY LEGISLATOR and call or write asking them to vote in favor of both SB1165 and HB2200

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator

UPDATE 5/11/2024

The Pennsylvania State Senate met on May 8, 2024 for about one hour and continued the majority of its legislation on the Senate Calendar for Third Consideration, including “SB1165 Allowing Pennsylvania to Fully Implement Interstate Licensure Compacts”

Here is the video of the Session Proceedings :: May, 8 2024 – Pennsylvania Senate.
https://pasenate.com/141237-2/

Why was the bill not brought to the floor for a full vote? There is no logical reason to delay moving this forward. 

The Senate meets again on June 3, 2024. 

I’d like all Pennsylvania nurses to contact their PA State Senate representative and encourage them to push for SB1165 to be brought up for a full vote by the Senate. 

Click this link to FIND MY LEGISLATOR and call or write asking them to vote in favor of both SB1165 and HB2200: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator

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Mary O'Connor, PhD, MSN, RN
Professor Emeritus, PennWest University, California campus
Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (PONL), Legislative Committee