R.I. joining more licensing compacts, but will there be any difference?

RHODE ISLAND lawmakers have passed legislation that clears the way for the state to join several compacts that allow various types of health care workers to work in multiple states without going through a rigorous process of obtaining a license in each state. The state had already reentered the Nurse Licensure Compact. Nurses Leah Kosteva, foreground, and Mary O’Reilly prep a room at Rhode Island Hospital. / 

Rhode Island is joining another interstate medical ­licensure compact that allows health care workers to practice in multiple states with an expedited licensing process, but it remains to be seen just how effective these agreements are in improving health care and reducing labor shortages in the local industry. In 2022, Rhode Island became the 39th

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