Having Wisconsin be a part of the eNLC

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I am creating this petition in regards to the enhanced Nursing License Compact (eNLC) bill that will take effect at the end January of 2018. As it stands right now, Wisconsin will not be apart of the enhanced compact. Therefore, any registered or licensed practical, or vocational nurse would be unable to hold a current license in multiple states. The goal of the eNLC is to improve patient care by allowing nurses to practice freely across state lines with one license.

First, let me start off by introducing myself, my name is Vince Witt. I originally attended Milwaukee School of Engineering and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2013. I have worked in several specialties within the past four years before deciding upon my current specialty, as a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nurse (PICU). After obtaining the necessary experience, I've pursued a job as a PICU travel nurse. I have recently traveled to Houston, Texas, and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. I am currently working in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

According to a study done by Heather Goodin, an assistant professor at Capital University, there is a national nursing shortage that is "predicted to worsen over the next decade." The nursing shortage is not specifically affecting one certain area or specialty in nursing. One aspect of nursing that can help alleviate staffing shortages is travel nursing. Travel nursing with a compact license such as the eNLC helps provide reprieve for full time employees at hospitals across the country. In times of crises or disaster, higher than normal acuity, and staffing shortages or strikes, travel nurses are brought in on contracts to provide the best care possible for patients. By becoming a part of the eNLC, Wisconsin would allow nurses to easily come and work in our great state to help those in need. Also, the eNLC helps military families. Military spouses are burdened with applying for a new nursing license each time the family must relocate. Under the eNLC, the spouse's employment can continue seamlessly.

As previously mentioned, I am currently working a contract in Marshfield, Wisconsin where there are several other nurses from compact states (https://www.nursecompact.com If Wisconsin does not pass any legislation or opt into the eNLC then it will effect all of the hospitals in the state. At the end of the day, nurses, full time employees or travel nurses, want what is best for our patients. The eNLC would greatly benefit our state by allowing nurses to cross state lines easily to ensure that our hospitals are staffed adequately.

I am asking that you sign this petition in an effort to show strength in numbers so our representatives would consider enacting Wisconsin as a part of the eNLC for the safety of all the patients in our great state. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns please feel free to contact me.

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