Health Care

Out-of-state nurses no longer face red tape to work here

Vermont is now a member of the interstate Nurse Licensure Compact, which will help address workforce capacity shortages in nursing fields while increasing mobility options for nurses looking to become employed in Vermont, Secretary of State Jim Condos said.

According to state leaders at a January, 2022 press conference, Vermont is about 9,000 nurses short of a full workforce of 25,000. Paying ‘travelers’ cost an extra $75 million last year – not to mention the human cost of someone needing a nurse and there simply isn’t one available.

“Effective today, Vermont is among 38 other states as a member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s Nursing Licensure Compact,” Condos said. “The Compact provides mobility to nurses from the other 38 member states to enter into practice in Vermont without additional licensure requirements.

“Additionally, the Nursing Compact aligns with our goal to reduce barriers to licensure while ensuring public protection. Finally, the Compact enables rapid onboarding of vetted, competent nurses from other states into Vermont health care facilities at a time when the need has never been greater.”

Since Vermont participation in the compact was passed into law in June of 2021, staff at the Office of Professional Regulation (OPR), a division of the Secretary of State’s office, have been upgrading systems, processes, and policies to ensure the successful launch of multistate licenses.

“This has been the culmination of many years of planning” said S. Lauren Hibbert, Director of OPR. “The systems implemented by the OPR staff in the past six months have been designed not only to ensure compliance with Statute but also to provide licensees with a user-friendly experience. Our website has been updated to include information for licensees, employers and members of the public regarding the benefits, rules and requirements of multistate licensure.”

After working with the legislature, the Nursing Licensure Compact was authorized by revisions to 26 V.S.A. §1647 and enacted into law June 2021. For more information on the Nursing Licensure Compact visit the Secretary of State’s website.

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  1. Maybe next time, the state of Vermont won’t pull a “Neil Young” (do what I say or else) with medical professionals…though I doubt it. Dictatorial edicts is all they know.

  2. I’ve been advocating for this for many years! So happy to see it finally has gone through!!!

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