The Voice of Nursing Leadership in Pennsylvania

Log in

Ponl legislation and advocacy

Current Bills in the Pennsylvania Legislature

1. Nurse Staffing Practices & Ratios

PONL Opposes “The Patient Safety Act” HB 106 (Mehaffie) & SB 240 (Collett)

PONL is strongly committed to nurse staffing practices that support the provision of safe patient care. PONL endorses the autonomy of each healthcare organization to establish appropriate strategies to deliver high levels of patient care by providing safe, effective, and collaborative staffing practices. PONL is adamantly opposed to any legislation that would mandate nurse-to-patient ratios for all heath care organizations.

Read PONL's Position Statement on Nurse Staffing Practices & Ratios (updated April 2021).

3. Chief Nursing Officer of the Commonwealth

PONL Monitoring

4. Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners

PONL Supports

View more details and provide your support.

PONL Supported Legislation - Signed into Law

1. Updating International Nursing Licensure Exam Requirement

Updating International Nursing Licensure Exam Requirement Act 22 (formerly HB 889) | Passed into law on June 10, 2022.

Amends the Professional Nursing Law to allow the State Board of Nursing’s approval of graduates of international professional nursing education programs to sit for the RN licensure examination, provided such programs are determined to be equivalent to that which is required in Pennsylvania. Effective in 60 days.*

2. Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Act 68 of 2021 (formerly SB 115) | Passed into law on July 1, 2021.

Eligible RNs and LPNs can obtain a multistate nursing license to practice in other NLC states. Effective immediately.*

Implementation process yet to be completed by the State Board of Nursing.

*The State Board of Nursing notes: “Act 68 of 2021, signed into law by Governor Wolf on July 1, 2021, started the process of adding Pennsylvania to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). In order to implement the NLC, the Board needs FBI approval of the NLC language so that it can provide the criminal background check; regulations implementing the NLC, including promulgation of fees for the licenses; and technological changes to the licensure system so that Board information can be transmitted to the Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators. To date, the Board is awaiting a response from the FBI and is actively working on draft regulations and exploring changes to the licensure system.

Pennsylvania residents will not be able to apply for a multistate license and nurses in other NLC states who do not also hold a Pennsylvania license/permit will not be able to practice in Pennsylvania until after the implementation process has been completed. An implementation date will be posted on the Board's website once it is determined.”

3. Violence in the Workplace/No Last Name on Badges

    PONL Legislative Committee Members

    Rosa Hickey, Chair
    Andrew Thum, Co-Chair

    Committee Members:

    • Marion Burns Tuck
    • Carol Amann
    • Angela Brown
    • Heidi Dewitt Zedlar
    • Fiona Felton
    • Tina Roma Fisher
    • Denise Frasca
    • Carol Ann Gioia
    • Kimberly Kennedy

    • Jessica Lazzeri
    • Deborah Lidey
    • Jessica Nardi
    • Mary O'Connor
    • Glenn Repko
    • Kathy Sankovich
    • Deb Thompson
    • Cathy Weidman
    • Mary Patt Winterhalter
    © Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders

    2400 Ardmore Boulevard, Suite 302

    Pittsburgh, PA 15221


    Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software