NLC Commission Announces Newly Elected Executive Committee Members

Posted in Latest News on October 5, 2021.


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CHICAGO – The Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators (ICNLCA) announces new members of its Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Executive Committee, elected Oct. 1, 2021 to two-year terms:

Pam Zickafoose, EdD, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNE, FRE, executive director, Delaware Board of Nursing
Term expires: Sept.30, 2023

Joe Baker, Jr., executive director, Florida Board of Nursing (re-elected)
Term expires: Sept. 30, 2023

Linda Young, MS, RN, FRE, executive director, South Dakota Board of Nursing
Term expires: Sept. 30, 2023

The remaining members of the Executive Committee include:

Vice Chair
Stacey Pfenning, DNP, APRN, FNP, FAANP, executive director, North Dakota Board of Nursing
Term expires: Sept. 30, 2022

Ann Oertwich, PhD, MSN, RN, executive director, Nebraska Board of Nursing
Term expires: Sept. 30, 2022

Carol Moody, MAS, RN, NEA-BC, administrator, South Carolina Board of Nursing
Term expires: Sept. 30, 2022

Missy Poortenga, MHA, RN, executive director, Montana Board of Nursing
Term expires: Sept. 30, 2022

The Executive Committee also recognized Kim Glazier, MEd, RN, executive director, Oklahoma Board of Nursing, who retired on Sept. 30, 2021, completing a two-year term as chair, NLC Commission. The Commission presented Glazier with an award on Sept. 29, 2021, recognizing her years of service and dedication to the mission of the NLC.

About the ICNLCA
The ICNLCA facilitates cross border nursing practice through the implementation of the nationally recognized, multistate license, the NLC. The ICNLCA enhances nurse mobility and public protection through maintaining uniform licensure standards among party state boards of nursing; promoting cooperation and collaboration between party states, facilitating the exchange of data and information between party states; and educating stakeholders. The ICNLCA is a quasi-governmental and joint public agency of the party states created and established on July 20, 2017. The Executive Committee is the seven-member elected leadership of the ICNLCA.

About the NLC
The NLC allows for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in person or via telehealth in both their home state and other NLC states. Thirty-eight jurisdictions are presently members of the NLC. Licensing standards are aligned in NLC states, so all nurses applying for a multistate license are required to meet the same standards, which include a federal and state criminal background check that will be conducted for all applicants for multistate licensure.

The NLC also enables nurses to provide telehealth nursing services to patients located across the country without having to obtain additional licenses. In the event of a disaster, nurses from multiple states can easily respond to supply vital services. Additionally, almost every nurse, including primary care nurses, case managers, transport nurses, school and hospice nurses, among many others, needs to routinely cross state boundaries to provide the public with access to nursing services, and a multistate license facilitates this process.

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