This bill authorizes Massachusetts to join the growing list of states that have adopted the national Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). As of January 1, 2011, 24 states have joined the Compact, including Maine and Rhode Island. The NLC follows the mutual recognition model of nurse licensure that allows a nurse to have one license in his or her state of residency and to practice in other states, subject to each state’s practice law and regulation. Adoption of the NLC by the Commonwealth will decrease barriers to nursing care and will help ensure the availability of licensed nurses in the Commonwealth, especially during a disaster or during other times of great need for qualified nursing services. The NLC will also provide for greater nurse mobility and will enhance access to essential data on the nursing workforce (this is a refile H.2006).