Expert Panel Makes the Case for a National Nursing License Model


Like any stress test, a crisis serves to reveal us. It shows what we do well, and where we fail. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a challenge unlike anything many of us have ever seen. The lessons learned from this test reinforce what many in healthcare already knew – nurses are critical to healthcare delivery, and they are in short supply in too many areas.

In a new white paper, Building a Culture of Safety: A National License Model, six clinical healthcare experts explore the implications of the COVID-19 nursing shortage, and what it teaches us about the future of practitioner mobility. They make a compelling case for the culture of safety that can come from a national licensing model.

This white paper is authored by the Clinical Executive Committee for the National Association of Travel Healthcare Organizations, which includes:

  • Terim Dortch, RN, MSN-NE; Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions
  • Earl Dalton, MHA, MSL, RN, NEA-BC; Chief Nursing Officer, Health Carousel LLC
  • Melissa Knybel, BSN, RN; Vice President of Clinical Services, Compliance & Quality Management, Randstad Healthcare
  • Holly Bass: President, PPR Travel Nursing, a Medical Solutions Company
  • Carolina Araya: Nursing Strategic Initiatives, AMN Healthcare
  • Amber Barna, BSN, RN; Vice President, Clinical & Quality Assurance, Medical Solutions

The paper makes the case for a national license by illustrating the benefits improved nurse mobility can bring to both patients and facilities. It also addresses the need for national standards to create greater reliability and shows how it supports continuing care via telehealth services. Finally, the paper confronts the ever-worsening nursing shortage and presents the national licensing model as a way to address it proactively.

Better understand how to improve healthcare delivery and create a culture of safety by reading the latest from thought leaders in the field. Download your complimentary copy of the paper today.


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