Why Nurses OPPOSE “Nurse Licensure Compact” (H.1188/S.1162)

BAD FOR PATIENTS. BAD FOR NURSES.

A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING
Supporters of this bill have been very loose with the facts in advocating for this measure.
They have portrayed scenarios to support the bill that do not exist!

  • Nurses licensed to practice in Massachusetts do not need Compact.
  • There is already a process in place for disaster response - it does not require Compact.
  • Spouses of military personnel can already receive expedited licensure - does not require Compact.
  • Out-of-state RNs can already secure a license in a timely manner

THERE IS NO URGENCY FOR THIS BILL. 
This bill is really about removing Massachusetts RN’s from the care setting and using technology to have an RN in Kentucky, Mississippi or Oklahoma be responsible for the care of patients.  Massachusetts patients deserve better. This will also allow health care employers to outsource RN jobs to states with lower standards and lower pay scales.  

IT WOULD DECREASE RN LICENSING STANDARDS
Massachusetts has high standards for nursing licensure. We should not weaken those standards by unilaterally rubber-stamping licensure from RNs in states that have no continuing education requirements or background checks.  This would put Massachusetts in a race to the bottom.

IT WOULD ALLOW BAD NURSES TO KEEP WORKING
The media has documented numerous cases in which RNs with penalties and criminal charges against them move from state to state through the loose ties of the interstate compact to avoid job loss and prosecution. Additionally, each state has different standards on what criminal activities can (and can’t) bar you from being licensed.

SOME STATES  HAVE NO CONTINUING ED REQUIREMENTS
Health care is evolving quickly.  It is imperative that registered nurses, particularly in specialty areas, are trained and prepared to meet today’s health care needs.  Massachusetts has high standards in this regard.  We do not want to see nurses without this training and education practicing in Massachusetts hospitals. In recent years the Massachusetts legislature has mandated additional CE courses- it is contradictory to pretend these CEs are not vital to the practice of nursing.

BIG $MONEY$ BENEFIT$ FROM COMPACT
Instead of our state Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) conducting appropriate licensure background checks of prospective RNs in MA an outside third-party would now rake in big revenue from taking this over, yet having limited background and review of prospective RNs. 

Additionally, hospitals and other health care employers would use Compact to outsource nursing care to other states- and replace bedside nurses with out-of-state call centers.

We take our role as front-line health care providers seriously.  Every day RNs give everything they have to help people.  When something is not right we speak up.  This bill will harm patients and endanger care.  Please do not co-sponsor nursing interstate license compact legislation.

Let your State Representative and State Senator know you OPPOSE NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT- HOUSE BILL 1188/SENATE BILL 1162.

You can find your elected official here: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/bal/MyElectionInfo.aspx

 

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