The Governor Signs Bill Removing Barrier to Licensure for Foreign Nurse Graduates

In another move aimed at confronting the growing shortage of nurses, Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed into law legislation that improves nursing license requirements to support trained individuals who want to enter the nursing profession in Pennsylvania. Under previous law, graduates of nursing programs from other countries could take the test to become licensed in Pennsylvania only if they had obtained a nursing license in their home country. House Bill 889, now Act 22, updates the Professional Nursing Law to permit international students who’ve completed nursing or dietetic-nutrition programs in other countries to take the licensing exams in Pennsylvania even if they are not fully licensed in the country where they completed their studies.