RELEASE: Senator Kahn Statement on Final Passage of Bill to Increase Transferability of Nursing Licenses

CONCORD – Today, the Senate voted to concur with the House to pass SB 137, legislation to increase the ease of transferability of RN, LPN and LNA licenses into NH for initial employment by nurses whose license is active in states close to New Hampshire. Senator Kahn (D-Keene) issued the following comments after passage of the bill:

“Today’s vote is an important step forward in addressing our shortage of qualified nurses in New Hampshire. Health care providers, hospitals, nursing homes and in-home care agencies are desperate to fill vacancies. This reasonable measure allows nursing applicants who have completed or are currently working and perhaps living in Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut to receive comparable licensure by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing. This adjustment will eliminate one of the barriers that prevent qualified nurses living and working out of state from seeking work in and relocate to New Hampshire.”

Licensure reciprocity expansion to nearby states not currently in the Nursing Compact was recommended last year by the Governor’s Commission on Health Care and Community Support Workforce and the Monadnock Region Healthcare Workforce Group. The Senate also voted on final passage of SB 152, which Senator Kahn cosponsored with Senator Woodburn, extending temporary licensure privileges to newly licensed practical nurses to address the nursing shortage in New Hampshire.