Wyoming looks to attract out-of-state nurses with new laws: 3 things to know

Wyoming, through two new laws, has elected to join interstate compacts that will allow nurses to work there without obtaining separate state licenses, according to a Casper Star-Tribune report.

Here are three things to know about the laws.

1. Last week, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) signed House Bills 55 and 56 into law. The bills are designed to make it easier for Wyoming to attract out-of-state nurses: HB 55 covers registered and licensed practical nurses; HB 56 covers advanced practice registered nurses who have more training and specialization, according to the report.

2. The new compact for RNs and LPNs covered by HB 55 would effectively be a reboot of an older interstate compact, and include a criminal background check, according to the report.

3. The new compact currently includes Wyoming and South Dakota. It won't take effect until at least 26 states have joined it or until Dec. 31, 2018 — whichever comes first, according to the report.


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