The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) regulates the nursing profession. It authorizes the nurses who are registered and licensed as well as those nurses living in states that are compact to practice in those states and also in other compact states. For the nurses willing to work in other states rather than the ones they reside, they are not required to obtain any additional licenses. NLC facilitates the nursing practice in all the compact states by ensuring that each and every nurse in the compact states maintains a basic license in their main state of residence. Such nurses are therefore, granted the privilege of operating in several states which are compact. However, the nurses who are registered and allowed to operate in several states have to abide with the regulations and laws of the states in which they are working (Cowen & Moorhead, 2006).
Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) in South Carolina
The state in which a nurse declares his or her residency is considered to be the resident state for the nurse. The nurses have to obtain their practicing licenses from their resident states. According to the regulations of the Nurse Licensure Compact, the nurses willing to change their states of residence are allowed to practice in other states within one month after which they ought to have obtained another new license (Zerwekh, & Claborn, 2006).
For a person to be registered as a nurse in the state of South Carolina, one is required to be professionally qualified, to have moral character which is good and to have attained maturity age. These qualifications are considered to be vital since the nursing profession is quite delicate and thus a lot of care is needed on those willing to work as nurses so as to reduce instances of patient suffering as a result of negligence (Chitty, 2004).
The nurses who are residents of South Carolina can get a nursing license from a state that is not a member to the NLC. However, for those nurses who are licensed and practice from states that are non NLC members, their licenses are not acceptable in South Carolina. Therefore, the nurses practicing in South Carolina have to only have one license which is obtained from the NLC authority. The single license is used in South Carolina for improving the tracking of the record of nurses as well as enhancing cost efficiency and effectiveness and also simplifying the process of license application (Mason, Leavitt, & Chaffee, 2007).
Nursing requirements in Alabama and New Yolk
Alabama and New York states are non members of the Nurse Licensure Compact; however, they have authorities which are empowered in regulating the profession. The requirements for one to work as a nurse in these states are almost similar with minimal deviations. One is required to be of sound character, to have attained at least 18 years and to have met all the professional qualifications required. They are also required to have completed training and course work in the reporting and identification cases of child abuse and to meet all the requirements of all necessary examinations (Mason, Leavitt, & Chaffee, 2007).
In both states, that is, New York and Alabama, for a person to qualify as a professional nurse, one has to be fully academically qualified in order to be licensed as a nurse. The nurse needs to provide evidence which shows that he or she has actually pursued either a diploma or a degree from a recognized college. In addition to academic qualifications, all the applicants intending to obtain a license to enable them practice as nurses must undergo training or course work which is in line with the law of education (Yoder, 2003).
In order to obtain a nursing license in the states of Alabama and New York, the nurses are also required to finish approved training or coursework as per the requirements of the professional’s barrier precautions and infection control department. The requirements include controls of work place and engineering to control the transmission of HIV and hepatitis b virus. For the nurses who have received their qualifications in colleges outside the United States, they are required to have their qualifications verified so as to ensure that they are actually qualified professionally (Zerwekh, & Claborn, 2006).
The process of licensing professional nurses in both states is usually quite long and very strict to ensure that only those nurses with the right qualifications are actually allowed to practice in these states. This is very important since it reduces the instances of negligence in the health care facilities and thus patients receive health care services of high quality (Mason, Leavitt, & Chaffee, 2007).
The Nurse Licensure Compact is gaining popularity in several states as it allows those nurses who are licensed under it to work in all other states that are compact members. Licensing of nurses is considered as a tool for regulating the profession so as to protect all the people seeking health care services from receiving services of less quality which in the end might put them in a lot of risk. Although the states of New York and Alabama are non members of Nurse Licensure Compact, they have put in place adequate measures to ensure that only the qualified people are issued with licenses.
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Cowen, P.S. & Moorhead, S. (2006): Current issues in nursing, ISBN 032303652X, Elsevier Health Sciences.
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