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National Health Care Professional Licensure

Alternatives to the current system of state-by-state licensure for health care professionals (such as registered nurses) have been considered. The most common alternative proposed has been a national system for licensure.

· What would be the advantages of changing to a national system of licensure? What would be the disadvantages?

- Who supports this change, and why?

- Who opposes, and why?

- Why hasn't this change occurred? What are the obstacles?

- What would be the advantages of maintaining the status quo of a state-by-state system of licensure? What would be the disadvantages?

- Who supports maintaining the status quo, and why?

- Why does the status quo persist? Why hasn't change occurred?

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One of the primary advantages of changing to a national system of licensure for healthcare professionals will be that these individuals will be able to provide services nationwide in situations in which they move to other states, or that their services are temporarily requested by clients in other states. In addition, a national system of licensure would ensure that there is a uniform standard of quality that all healthcare professionals across the nation would have to attain in order to be able to work within the healthcare field. This would help to ensure that no matter what state that patients obtain services from, they could be sure ...

Solution Summary

National health care professional licensure are examined. The most common alternative proposed which has been a national system for licensure are discussed.

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