As the country debates its next steps for healthcare, the Georgia senate took a step that could help address the state and country’s nursing shortage. Senate Bill 166 would allow registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) to have one multistate license as part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).

The NLC would allow nurses to practice in Georgia as well as the other 25 states that are members of the agreement. This will allow nurses to practice in person but also to provide the increasingly common telemedicine services. On the surface, besides the telemedicine, the bill would seem to significantly benefit patients in the Chattanooga or Augusta areas, where crossing state lines is part of a daily routine but the bill also would have significant impact in the event of a disaster. Republicans have long been critical of the state line barrier when it comes to healthcare and this bill may be another piece of the solution. 

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