FOR MORE INFORMATION…. Little Rock, AR 72204 1123 S. University University Tower Building, Suite 800 Arkansas State Board of Nursing CONTINUING MUTUAL CONTINUING Education Nursing Education Programs EDUCATION RECOGNITION EDUCATION Continued Competence 501.686.2709 Licensure Examination, Endorsement 501.686.2710 Automated License Veriﬁcation 501.682.2200 Practice Complaints 501.686.2711 Practice Questions 501.686.2788 Advanced Nursing Practice Licensure, Complaints Prescriptive Authority 501.686.2706 Oﬃce Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F ARKANSAS STATE Phone: 501.686.2700 Fax: 501.686.2714 BOARD OF NURSING Web site: www.arsbn.org WHAT IS MUTUAL RECOGNITION? HOW DOES THE COMPACT AF DOES THE COMPACT ALTER FECT NURSES IN ARKANSAS? THE BOARD’S DISCIPLINARY Mutual Recognition, also known as the Inter- PROCEDURES? Nurses who reside in Arkansas and hold an state Nurse Licensure Compact, is a law enacted Arkansas RN or LPN license to practice will no Boards of Nursing will continue to apply in 1999 which created a new model for nursing longer have to obtain a nursing license to work the same administrative and due process licensure. The states that have enacted the com- in any of the compact states. They will be able procedures for imposing discipline as they pact recognize or honor other compact states’ to practice in any of the compact states on the have always done. The Board has more registered nurse and licensed practical nurse license issued by the Arkansas State Board of timely and eﬃcient access to information licenses. Nursing. Only when RNs and LPNs move their regarding the disciplinary history of nurses permanent residence to one of the other com- through a coordinated licensure informa- WHICH STATES HAVE ENACTED pact states will they be required to apply for and tion systems called NURSYS. Complaints obtain the other state’s nursing license. RNs may be addressed by the state in which THE COMPACT? and LPNs may work for 30 days on their nursing Individuals may verify the current states in- the violation occurs or by the state of licen- license after moving from one compact state to sure. Only the home state can take action volved at www.arsbn.org. Each year additional another. against the nurse’s license. Compact states states pass legislation to enact the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact. in which the nurse has the privilege to HOW WILL A PRIMARY RESI practice may order the nurse to “cease and DENCE BE DETERMINED? desist” practicing in that state. However, WHAT LICENSE TYPES ARE ELIGI- that does not change every state’s duty to The sources used to determine primary resi- BLE? dence may include a driver’s license, federal aﬀord a nurse adequate due process. income tax return, voter registration or a sworn HOW WILL MY EMPLOYER VER- The Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact for aﬃdavit declaring primary residence. IFY MY LICENSE? Mutual Recognition of nursing licensure allows RNs and LPNs residing and licensed in one com- The state that issued the license can verify pact state the privilege of working in all other WHAT HAPPENS IF I MOVE TO A that license. The nurses’ employer may compact states. At this time licensed psychiatric NON-COMPACT STATE OR I DECIDE call the Board of Nursing at 501.682.2200 technician nurses and advanced practice nurses TO WORK IN A NON-COMPACT to verify Arkansas nursing licensure or sub- are not included in the compact. The APN’s STATE? scribe to the Internet veriﬁcation service at registered nurse license, however, will be recog- The nurse is required to obtain a license in the www.arsbn.org nized by other compact states. non-compact state prior to going to work there, whether or not the nurse moves to the compact state.
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