To Stem Spread of Coronavirus: Nurses Can Now Practice Across State Lines

Updated: Apr 1

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National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) COVID-19 site.

Vice President Mike Pence announced at a news conference this past Wednesday “At the President’s discretion (the Health and Human Services Department) is issuing a regulation today that will allow all doctors and medical professionals to practice across state lines to meet the needs of hospitals that may arise in adjoining areas."

By allowing medical professionals to practice medicine in states other than the one they are license to practice in the Administration hopes to thwart the growing number of Coronavirus cases and deaths. As of this writing there have been a reported 18,121 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus and 233 deaths.

Pence also made the plea to cancel all "nonessential" elective medical procedures for the foreseeable future in order to reserve hospital capacity and medical supplies for those suffering from the deadly virus.

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