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Nurse licensure compact bill passes committee


February 23, 2023

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Rep. Suzanne Schmidt and Rep. Mike Volz work during the legislative session.

OLYMPIA - As workforce issues continue to garner local, state and national attention, the state is one step closer to addressing critical shortages in nursing care.

Legislation to enact the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact passed the House Postsecondary Education and Workforce Committee last week.

House Bill 1417 was approved, 11-3.

"We are seeing workforce shortages across a broad spectrum of industries and occupations for a variety of reasons," sponsor Rep. Mike Volz, R-Spokane, said. "However, shortages in the health care sector have dangerous implications for the current and future...

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