The Top Nursing News Stories of 2017
Advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) practice authority.
Progress on Nurse Licensure Compact. Twenty-six states have enacted enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) legislation, which allows nurses to practice in eNLC states without needing separate licenses for each state. Current holders of single state licenses in participating states must meet 11 conditions (www.ncsbn.org/eNLC-ULRs_082917.pdf) to qualify for an eNLC license. Other states are in the process of enacting the legislation. Nurses may begin practicing under eNLC licensing as of January 19.
Future of Nursing goals.
Nurse named acting surgeon general. Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams was appointed in April, the first nonphysician to hold the position (2002–2006 surgeon general Richard Carmona is a physician as well as a nurse). She returned to her previous job of deputy surgeon general when Jerome Adams (no relation) became surgeon general on September 5, 2017.