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TRAVEL

NURSE’S

GUIDE TO

COLORADO

 

 

TRAVEL

NURSE’S

GUIDE TO

COLORADO

COLORADO BY THE NUMBERS

$65K
Average annual salary of a
registered nurse in COLORADO

55
NUMBER OF Hospitals in the sTate of COLORADO

9%
HIGHER HOUSING COSTS THAN
THE REST OF THE U.S.

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TRAVEL NURSE SALARY

Colorado is on par with the national average for travel nurse pay. What does that mean to a nurse looking to travel? Travel nurses, on average, take home between 10-30% more than their permanent counterparts. Please keep in mind that travel nurses can land between, below, or above this range based on location and their specialty. Put into context, the average annual salary of a registered nurse in Colorado is $65,314, according to Nurse Salary Guide.

TRAVEL NURSE SALARY

Colorado is on par with the national average for travel nurse pay. What does that mean to a nurse looking to travel? Travel nurses, on average, take home between 10-30% more than their permanent counterparts. Please keep in mind that travel nurses can land between, below, or above this range based on location and their specialty. Put into context, the average annual salary of a registered nurse in Colorado is $65,314, according to Nurse Salary Guide.

HOW DO I GET MY COLORADO

NURSING LICENSE?

Colorado is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows nurses to practice in other NLC states without having to obtain an additional license. Nurses who aren’t licensed in a state that is part of the compact and choose to work in Colorado must obtain a single state license.

If a travel nurse wants to obtain their Colorado nursing license, they must follow these steps:

  • Visit the Colorado Board of Nursing site here. If you do not have an account already, you will need to register to access all online services, including online applications. All the necessary information and forms are available via this online portal. There will be a variety of screening questions to answer, some of which include questions related to potential complaints filed, the number of hours you’ve practiced nursing and criminal history. You will need to submit the appropriate payment for the required application fee via credit card. All fees are non-refundable.
  • You will be able to apply for a license by endorsement provided you hold an active license in another state. Verification of Licensure is required and can be done through the NURSYS Verification system, or, if the state where you are currently licensed does not participate, you will need to submit the Request for Verification of Original Nursing License Form to the nursing board of your original state of licensure or the state where you are currently licensed (the fee is determined by that state). The appropriate licensing board must send it directly to the Colorado Office of Licensing – Nursing at 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202 or via fax, 303-894-7693.
  • Fingerprint and background checks are required for all applicants. Detailed instructions and locations for fingerprinting services can be found here. The Division of Professions and Occupations must receive the results of background checks via both the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the national fingerprint-based criminal history record check using FBI and CBI records prior to issuing the license.

HOW DO I GET MY COLORADO NURSING LICENSE?

Colorado is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows nurses to practice in other NLC states without having to obtain an additional license. Nurses who aren’t licensed in a state that is part of the compact and choose to work in Colorado must obtain a single state license.

If a travel nurse wants to obtain their Colorado nursing license, they must follow these steps:

  • Visit the Colorado Board of Nursing site here. If you do not have an account already, you will need to register to access all online services, including online applications. All the necessary information and forms are available via this online portal. There will be a variety of screening questions to answer, some of which include questions related to potential complaints filed, the number of hours you’ve practiced nursing and criminal history. You will need to submit the appropriate payment for the required application fee via credit card. All fees are non-refundable.
  • You will be able to apply for a license by endorsement provided you hold an active license in another state. Verification of Licensure is required and can be done through the NURSYS Verification system, or, if the state where you are currently licensed does not participate, you will need to submit the Request for Verification of Original Nursing License Form to the nursing board of your original state of licensure or the state where you are currently licensed (the fee is determined by that state). The appropriate licensing board must send it directly to the Colorado Office of Licensing – Nursing at 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202 or via fax, 303-894-7693.
  • Fingerprint and background checks are required for all applicants. Detailed instructions and locations for fingerprinting services can be found here. The Division of Professions and Occupations must receive the results of background checks via both the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the national fingerprint-based criminal history record check using FBI and CBI records prior to issuing the license.

TRAVEL NURSE

OPPORTUNITIES IN COLORADO

  • Colorado is home to 55 hospitals.

  • There are 5 Level I trauma centers.

  • Multiple large health systems including: Catholic Health Initiatives, University of Colorado Health, SCL Health

  • 5 teaching hospitals such as: University of Colorado Hospital, National Jewish Medical and Research Center

TRAVEL NURSE OPPORTUNITIES IN COLORADO

  • Colorado is home to 55 hospitals.
  • There are 5 Level I trauma centers.
  • Multiple large health systems including: Catholic Health Initiatives, University of Colorado Health, SCL Health
  • 5 teaching hospitals such as: University of Colorado Hospital, National Jewish Medical and Research Center

TRAVEL NURSE HOUSING

IN COLORADO

Our dedicated travel and housing team can help you find great housing in Colorado. There are two options available: company paid housing or receive per diems to find housing for yourself.

Colorado’s cost of living is on par with the national average. So, what about housing? On average, housing costs are 9% higher than the rest of the country.

Here are some figures about the average cost of renting apartments in Colorado:

  • One-bedroom: 8% above the national median.
  • Two-bedroom: 11% above the national median.

Keep in mind that prices and percentages vary based on location.

Whatever the choice, MSO Colorado’s team is available to assist you with all your travel and housing needs. We ensure that your transition is as seamless as possible.

TRAVEL NURSE HOUSING IN COLORADO

Our dedicated travel and housing team can help you find great housing in Colorado. There are two options available: company paid housing or receive per diems to find housing for yourself.

Colorado’s cost of living is on par with the national average. So, what about housing? On average, housing costs are 9% higher than the rest of the country.

Here are some figures about the average cost of renting apartments in Colorado:

  • One-bedroom: 8% above the national median.
  • Two-bedroom: 11% above the national median.

Keep in mind that prices and percentages vary based on location.

Whatever the choice, MSO Colorado’s team is available to assist you with all your travel and housing needs. We ensure that your transition is as seamless as possible.