In the US, nurses, like doctors, are licensed by state and cannot practice in others, unless they are separately licensed in that state, or licensed in one of the 25 member states of a compact permitting cross-state practice. Currently, it does not include the practice of telemedicine or in fact, telehealth monitoring across state lines. The new Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact and Advanced Practice Nurse Compact includes telemedicine remote consults and was initiated by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, a Chicago-based non-profit consisting of 59 nursing boards, last year. The objective is to further advance mobility and flexible practice for nurses. The new compact has been accepted by six states: Wyoming, Virginia, South Dakota, Idaho, Florida and Tennessee. Other states are considering via legislation. The NCSBN is boosting it with an event in Washington DC on Friday. ATA has supported the compact, as well as a similar one for physicians now valid in 12 states. mHealthIntelligence NCSBN release (which uses telehealth as term) ; they are also hosting a webcast from Washington on Friday morning from 8:30am to 1pm US EDT.
Interesting article and longish (26:04) video on how nurses are using Google Hangout for collaboration, especially on using technology as part of their practice and getting involved in tech development. The four onscreen are located in Canada, Australia and Hawaii. The author is herself an RN and health care advisor for the US Strategic Perspective Institute, a think tank whose main job is advocating ‘saving jobs’, a Sisyphean task if there ever was one. (Don’t bother to look at the healthcare blog–the last entry there was 2010.) This is from ZDNet. Nurses use Google Hangouts to collaborate on technology