South Carolina to issue emergency nursing and medical licenses to deal with coronavirus pandemic

As more than a dozen cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are reported in North Carolina...
As more than a dozen cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are reported in North Carolina and South Carolina, officials have provided new guidelines for everyone to follow.(WBTV)
Updated: Mar. 14, 2020 at 4:14 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WBTV) - South Carolina will issue “emergency” nursing and medical licenses to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision was made to help ensure the state would have enough medical professionals to handle the growing number of people who will become sick.

"This is another great tool to combat this virus’ potential impact to our state,” McMaster said. “The ability to expedite this licensure process gives us greater assurance that we will have the medical health professionals and resources we need in order to keep South Carolinians safe.”

The state medical board can expedite temporary licensure for out-of-state physicians, physician assistants and respiratory care practitioners within 24 hours, according to a press release from Gov. Henry McMaster’s office.

There is no fee for either license. People can apply for the medical license by clicking here.

South Carolina is part of the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact, which means registered nurses and licensed practical nurses from 32 other states can work in South Carolina at any time.

The expedited licensure only requires information from the hospital or other health provider or organization that is requesting the additional nursing staff from another state. The nursing license is good for 15 days, but may be renewed. There is no fee and people can apply for the expedited nursing license by clicking here.

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