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Nurse Licensure Compact Would Produce Some Benefits But Not Resolve the Nurse Shortage, Report No. 06-02, January 2006
 
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  • Joining the interstate Nurse Licensure Compact probably would not alleviate Florida’s long-term nursing shortage but would remove barriers to bringing nurses into the state to meet short-term needs arising from events such as hurricanes and peak visitation seasons.  Additionally, joining the compact could provide Florida with faster notification of nurses under investigation, improved access to other states’ records, and the opportunity to influence compact policy.
  • However, joining the compact could increase the number of discipline investigations and state requirements for continuing education, and background checks of nurses would not apply to those working in Florida through the compact, although employers could continue to impose these requirements.  Also, consumers would have less ready access to information on compact nurses who could work in Florida. 
  • The Legislature may need to adopt alternate compact language to address public meetings and records access and unlawful delegation of authority issues.  The State Board of Nursing would need to educate nurses and employers about the compact and implement additional reporting requirements if Florida were to join.  The board projects no significant fiscal impact if Florida took this step.


What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 13-09 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2012-13,published in June 2013.
  • Report No. 13-03 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2012 with Increases in Program Capacity, Student Enrollment, and Graduates,published in January 2013.
  • Report No. 12-07 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2010-2011,published in May 2012.
  • Report No. 12-04 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2011 with Significant Increases in Student Enrollment and Graduates,published in January 2012.
  • Report No. 11-18 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2009-10,published in May 2011.
  • Report No. 11-06 Board of Nursing Addressed Statutory Changes; Nursing Program Capacity Expanded in 2009-10,published in January 2011.
  • Report No. 10-14 Since Implementing Statutory Changes, the State Board of Nursing Has Approved More Nursing Programs; the Legislature Should Address Implementation Issues,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 08-03 Supplemental Report: Profiles of SUCCEED, Florida! Grant Recipients, published in January 2008.
  • Report No. 08-02 SUCCEED, Florida! Grants Show Mixed Results Under Current Funding Structure, published in January 2008.
  • Report No. 07-04 Florida Nurse Practice Act and Board of Nursing Rules Create No Unreasonable Barriers to Producing New Nurses, published in January 2007.
  • Report No. 05-09 Florida Can Use Several Strategies to Encourage Students to Enroll in Areas of Critical Need, published in February 2005.
  • Report No. 04-71 Progress Report: Medical Quality Assurance Improves Accountability System; Information Tracking Concerns Persist, published in October 2004.

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