A bill that cleared the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate today (Mon) would allow nurses not licensed in Minnesota to work here, as long as they meet standards in a national “compact.”  Senate Democratic Minority Leader Melisa Lopez Franzen warns…

“We’re giving our duties and oversight to a non-governmental body, to be in charge of oversight and setting qualifications required for nurses within a multi-state license.  That scares me.”

Republican Senator Michelle Benson from Ham Lake responds every nurse must pass a national board test — and also…

“If you’re a nurse from another state who’s working in Minnesota, you have to comply with state practice laws of Minnesota.”

Opponents of the bill say Minnesota has plenty of its own licensed nurses, but many have left practice because of working conditions in Minnesota hospitals.