The APRN Compact is not currently in effect. Once a minimum of seven states have officially approved the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact, it will become active. Currently, three states, North Dakota, Delaware, and Utah, have enacted the APRN Compact legislation. Six states are currently pending APRN compact legislation; these include Montana, Arizona, Texas, Kentucky, New York, and Maryland.
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The APRN Compact allows advanced practitioners to become licensed in multiple states, and to practice in any state that is part of the Compact. A compact license streamlines the state licensing process for APRNs. A few benefits of the APRN compact include the following:
- APRNs can provide care to patients across member states. This will help increase access to quality care.
- Gives patients more options when it comes to choosing providers. This is especially beneficial for those living in rural or underserved areas where access to care is limited.
- Streamlines the state licensing process.
- It helps improve APRN student education, giving them the opportunity to gain educational experiences across state lines.
- The APRN Compact also promotes collaboration between states. This helps to create consistency in regulations and training, which can lead to better patient care and outcomes.
- APRNs will have the freedom to use their skills without worrying about meeting different state licensing requirements.
- Opportunity to practice in other APRN Compact states without obtaining additional licenses.
The APRN Compact has many benefits for both patients and healthcare providers. The APRN Compact has the potential to improve access to care, streamline licensing processes, and promote collaboration between states, ultimately leading to better patient care and outcomes.