TRAVEL

 NURSE’S

 GUIDE TO

  ILLINOIS

ILLINOIS BY THE NUMBERS

$64K
Average annual salary of a
registered nurse in ILLINOIS

142
NUMBER OF Hospitals in the sTate of ILLINOIS

20%
LOWER HOUSING COSTS THAN
THE REST OF THE U.S.

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TRAVEL NURSE SALARY

Illinois 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 Illinois is $64,884, according to Nurse Salary Guide.

TRAVEL NURSE SALARY

Illinois 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 Illinois is $64,884, according to Nurse Salary Guide.

HOW DO I GET MY ILLINOIS

NURSING LICENSE?

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

  • Visit the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Online Services Portal here. You’ll need to complete the online application that includes listing all related and non-related professional licenses held in Illinois and/or other states and pay the appropriate fees as listed per the online instructions. You may be eligible for a temporary permit, valid for six months, that will enable you to practice temporarily while your permanent license is pending.
  • Verification of Licensure is required. In Illinois, this includes your current licensed state and original state of licensure, if different, as well as any other state in which you’ve practiced within the past five years. If your home state participates in the NURSYS system, you can complete the request on the NURSYS If your state does not participate, you’ll need to use the CT-NUR form (Verification of Licensing Agency/Board) to verify your license to the Illinois Board of Nursing.
  • Fingerprint and background checks are required for all applicants. Fingerprints must be taken within 60 dates from the date the application is submitted to the Department. If you are in Illinois, a listing of licensed fingerprint vendors can be found here. A receipt will be issued by the vendor when fingerprints are obtained which must be submitted with the application. The Illinois State Police will then transmit electronic results to the Department. For out-of-state applicants, you will need to obtain the Illinois State Police Fee Applicant Card which can be requested via IDFPR or by calling 1-800-560-6420. The card must then be taken to a police department to obtain classifiable prints – that department will need to complete and sign the Identity Verification Certifying Statement. Once you have the card and statement, select a licensed fingerprint vendor with “Card Scan” capability on the IDFPR site and determine the current fee. Mail the completed Identity Verification Certifying Statement, the Fee Applicant card and fingerprint fee to the vendor. At that point, you can mail your completed application, licensing fee and copy of the Identity Verification Certifying Statement to the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation at 320 West Washington Street, 3rd Floor, Springfield, IL 62786.

HOW DO I GET MY ILLINOIS NURSING LICENSE?

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

  • Visit the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Online Services Portal here. You’ll need to complete the online application that includes listing all related and non-related professional licenses held in Illinois and/or other states and pay the appropriate fees as listed per the online instructions. You may be eligible for a temporary permit, valid for six months, that will enable you to practice temporarily while your permanent license is pending.
  • Verification of Licensure is required. In Illinois, this includes your current licensed state and original state of licensure, if different, as well as any other state in which you’ve practiced within the past five years. If your home state participates in the NURSYS system, you can complete the request on the NURSYS If your state does not participate, you’ll need to use the CT-NUR form (Verification of Licensing Agency/Board) to verify your license to the Illinois Board of Nursing.
  • Fingerprint and background checks are required for all applicants. Fingerprints must be taken within 60 dates from the date the application is submitted to the Department. If you are in Illinois, a listing of licensed fingerprint vendors can be found here. A receipt will be issued by the vendor when fingerprints are obtained which must be submitted with the application. The Illinois State Police will then transmit electronic results to the Department. For out-of-state applicants, you will need to obtain the Illinois State Police Fee Applicant Card which can be requested via IDFPR or by calling 1-800-560-6420. The card must then be taken to a police department to obtain classifiable prints – that department will need to complete and sign the Identity Verification Certifying Statement. Once you have the card and statement, select a licensed fingerprint vendor with “Card Scan” capability on the IDFPR site and determine the current fee. Mail the completed Identity Verification Certifying Statement, the Fee Applicant card and fingerprint fee to the vendor. At that point, you can mail your completed application, licensing fee and copy of the Identity Verification Certifying Statement to the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation at 320 West Washington Street, 3rd Floor, Springfield, IL 62786.

TRAVEL NURSE

OPPORTUNITIES IN ILLINOIS

  • Illinois is home to 142 hospitals.
  • There are 20 Level I trauma centers.
  • Multiple large health systems including: Advocate Aurora Health, Northwestern Medicine, Rush System for Health
  • 23 teaching hospitals, including: Saint John’s Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital

TRAVEL NURSE OPPORTUNITIES IN ILLINOIS

  • Illinois is home to 142 hospitals.
  • There are 20 Level I trauma centers.
  • Multiple large health systems including: Advocate Aurora Health, Northwestern Medicine, Rush System for Health
  • 23 teaching hospitals, including: Saint John’s Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital

TRAVEL NURSE HOUSING

IN ILLINOIS

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

Illinois’ cost of living is 10% below the national average. So, what about housing? On average, housing costs are 20% lower than the rest of the country.

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

  • One-bedroom: 5% below the national median.
  • Two-bedroom: 8% below the national median.

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

Whatever the choice, MSO Illinois’ 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 ILLINOIS

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

Illinois’ cost of living is 10% below the national average. So, what about housing? On average, housing costs are 20% lower than the rest of the country.

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

  • One-bedroom: 5% below the national median.
  • Two-bedroom: 8% below the national median.

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

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