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§ 90‑171.81. Findings and declaration of purpose.

(a)        The General Assembly of North Carolina makes the followingfindings:

(1)        The health and safety of the public are affected by thedegree of compliance with and the effectiveness of enforcement activitiesrelated to states' nurse licensure laws.

(2)        Violations of nurse licensure and other laws regulating thepractice of nursing may result in injury or harm to the public.

(3)        The expanded mobility of nurses and the use of advancedcommunication technologies as part of our nation's health care delivery systemrequire greater coordination and cooperation among states in the areas of nurselicensure and regulation.

(4)        New practice modalities and technology make compliance withindividual states' nurse licensure laws difficult and complex.

(5)        The current system of duplicative licensure for nursespracticing in multiple states is cumbersome and redundant to both nurses andstates.

(b)        The purposes of this Compact are to:

(1)        Facilitate the states' responsibility to protect thepublic's health and safety.

(2)        Ensure and encourage the cooperation of party states in theareas of nurse licensure and regulation.

(3)        Facilitate the exchange of information between party statesin the areas of nurse regulation, investigation, and adverse actions.

(4)        Promote compliance with the laws governing the practice ofnursing in each jurisdiction.

(5)        Through the mutual recognition of party state licenses,grant all party states the authority to hold nurses accountable for meeting allstate practice laws in the states in which their patients are located at thetime care is rendered. (1999‑245, s. 1.)