Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses (RNs) who are licensed to carry out tasks that are traditionally outside the scope of an RN’s duties. This is as a result of advanced education, years of experience, and national certification that makes them qualified. They belong to a class of nurses called advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
The Massachusetts State Board of Registration in Nursing handles all matters concerning nursing licensure in the state. They receive applications from prospective RNs and APRNs all year round and issue licenses to those who meet the specific requirements. Licensing and certification are important in healthcare to protect the quality of services rendered and reduce errors. The application process usually includes the submission of an application form, payment of the prescribed fees, and provision of supporting documents as required.
A valid RN license is an important requirement for NP licensure as well as for an APRN role. Therefore, you must possess a valid and unencumbered RN license to practice in Massachusetts. As the state is not a party to the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), you cannot use a multistate RN license from one of the NLC member states. The NLC is a provision that allows holders of multistate licenses to practice physically or virtually in another member state without applying for an RN license there. The common reason for not being a party to the NLC is reservations about the uniformity in nursing training.