WSNA recog­nizes the need to provide nursing care across state lines; however, we have a number of concerns about the Nurse Licen­sure Compact as currently written. 

No other state on the West Coast has joined the Compact, and many East Coast states that have strong health care systems also have not joined. We believe there is more work to be done to under­stand how the Compact is operating in other states – we have heard stories from other nurses’ associ­a­tions about imple­men­ta­tion issues. We want to fully under­stand these issues, and to look at how some states are working to mitigate them through additional state legislation.

Because our state already has expedited licen­sure for nurses coming in from out of state, including special expedited licen­sure for military spouses and partners, we remain unclear about the problem our state is trying to solve with this legis­la­tion. Our primary goals remain protec­tion of the nursing profes­sion and safety for patient and the public.