Bill To Aid Some Military Spouses Find Work Signed Into Law

TRENTON – Legislation to grant a temporary nursing license to the qualified spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who has been relocated to New Jersey has been signed into law.

The law (A-2889) directs the New Jersey Board of Nursing to establish criteria for the issuance of a temporary courtesy license to a nonresident military spouse to lawfully practice nursing in New Jersey on a temporary basis. A military spouse is entitled to receive a temporary license if he or she:

  • hold a current license to practice nursing in another jurisdiction;
  • was engaged in the active practice of nursing in another jurisdiction for at least two of the five years immediately preceding the date of application for the temporary courtesy license;
  • has not committed an act in another jurisdiction that would have constituted grounds for the denial, suspension, or revocation of a license to practice nursing in this state;
  • has not been disciplined, and is not the subject of an investigation of an unresolved complaint, or a review procedure or disciplinary proceeding, which was conducted by, or is pending before, a professional or occupational licensing or credentialing entity in another jurisdiction;
  • pays for, and authorizes the board to conduct, a criminal history record background check of that person;
  • pays such fee as the board reasonably requires for the issuance of the temporary courtesy license; and
  • complies with such other requirements as the board may reasonably determine necessary to effectuate the purposes of the bill.

Per the law, a temporary courtesy license would be valid for a period of six months and could be extended at the discretion of the board for an additional six months upon request.

“Uprooting your family to a new state is a laborious process, but it is part of the sacrifice that military families make in their commitment to our country. It is only right that we return the favor,” said Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). “This law helps lessen the burden for these families by helping military spouses in the field of nursing transition into the workforce here in the Garden State.”

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