HARRISBURG – Legislation that would qualify more nurses for licensure in PA through authorizing the Commonwealth to join the Nurse Licensure Compact was signed into law. The Compact is an updated licensure solution that allows nurses to have one multi-state license with the ability to practice in all compact states via tele-medicine or in person. The Compact offers a flexible and adaptable solution to streamlining care while maintaining the public’s protection at the state level. Nurses who practice in a compact state must meet 11 uniform licensure requirements, including state and federal criminal background checks. Senate Bill 115, now Act 68 of 2021, makes PA the 36th state to become a member of the Compact, joining neighboring states Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and West Virginia. The new law becomes effective immediately.