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TRAVEL

NURSE’S

GUIDE TO

 IOWA

IOWA BY THE NUMBERS

$52K
Average annual salary of a
registered nurse in IOWA

39
THE NUMBER OF Hospitals in the sTate of IOWA

27%
LOWER HOUSING COSTS THAN
THE REST OF THE U.S.

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TRAVEL NURSE SALARY

Iowa 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 Iowa is $52,135, according to Nurse Salary Guide.

TRAVEL NURSE SALARY

Iowa 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 Iowa is $52,135, according to Nurse Salary Guide.

HOW DO I GET MY IOWA

NURSING LICENSE?

Iowa 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. If your current home state of residence is not a state that participates in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, applying for an Iowa nursing license by endorsement is necessary.

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

  • Complete an application and pay the non-refundable fee listed in the instructions by visiting IBON Online Services here. Afterward a packet with instructions and all other required materials will be sent to you via mail. Alternatively, you can call 515-281-3255 to request a paper application and packet by mail, however, the process of licensure will be delayed.
  • Verification of Licensure is required. If your home state participates in the NURSYS system, you can complete the request on the NURSYS Iowa only requires verification from your original state of licensure. If this state does not participate in the NURSYS system, you will need to send the Verification of Original License form, found in the application packet, to your original state. Call to determine the appropriate fee for this service. They will send the form directly to the Iowa Board of Nursing at 400 SW 8th St. Suite b, Des Moines, IA 50309.
  • Fingerprint and background checks are required for all applicants. Only fingerprint cards from the Iowa nursing board are accepted – they will be mailed to you automatically with instructions when applying online or included in your paper packet. Sign the waiver form which will allow the board to perform a criminal background check.
  • Iowa also requires an official nursing transcript. Forward the Request for Nursing Transcript form to the original nursing program from which you graduated or to the institution that maintains your official records. In some cases, you may be able to request them online. A hard copy of your transcripts, showing the date of graduation and degree conferred must be sent by mail to the Iowa Board of Nursing at 400 SW 8th Suite b, Des Moines, IA 50309 from the program directly.

HOW DO I GET MY IOWA NURSING LICENSE?

Iowa 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. If your current home state of residence is not a state that participates in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, applying for an Iowa nursing license by endorsement is necessary.

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

  • Complete an application and pay the non-refundable fee listed in the instructions by visiting IBON Online Services here. Afterward a packet with instructions and all other required materials will be sent to you via mail. Alternatively, you can call 515-281-3255 to request a paper application and packet by mail, however, the process of licensure will be delayed.
  • Verification of Licensure is required. If your home state participates in the NURSYS system, you can complete the request on the NURSYS Iowa only requires verification from your original state of licensure. If this state does not participate in the NURSYS system, you will need to send the Verification of Original License form, found in the application packet, to your original state. Call to determine the appropriate fee for this service. They will send the form directly to the Iowa Board of Nursing at 400 SW 8th St. Suite b, Des Moines, IA 50309.
  • Fingerprint and background checks are required for all applicants. Only fingerprint cards from the Iowa nursing board are accepted – they will be mailed to you automatically with instructions when applying online or included in your paper packet. Sign the waiver form which will allow the board to perform a criminal background check.
  • Iowa also requires an official nursing transcript. Forward the Request for Nursing Transcript form to the original nursing program from which you graduated or to the institution that maintains your official records. In some cases, you may be able to request them online. A hard copy of your transcripts, showing the date of graduation and degree conferred must be sent by mail to the Iowa Board of Nursing at 400 SW 8th Suite b, Des Moines, IA 50309 from the program directly.

TRAVEL NURSE

OPPORTUNITIES IN IOWA

  • Iowa is home to 39 hospitals.
  • There are 2 Level I trauma centers.
  • Multiple large health systems including: Unitypoint Health, Genesis Health Systems, UofI Hospitals and Clinics
  • 10 teaching hospitals, including: Children’s Hospital of Iowa, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, University of Iowa Healthcare

TRAVEL NURSE OPPORTUNITIES IN IOWA

  • Iowa is home to 39 hospitals.
  • There are 2 Level I trauma centers.
  • Multiple large health systems including: Unitypoint Health, Genesis Health Systems, UofI Hospitals and Clinics
  • 10 teaching hospitals, including: Children’s Hospital of Iowa, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, University of Iowa Healthcare

TRAVEL NURSE HOUSING

IN IOWA

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

Iowa’s cost of living is 14% below the national average. So, what about housing? On average, housing costs are 27% lower than the rest of the country.

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

  • One-bedroom: 37% below the national median.
  • Two-bedroom: 35% below the national median.

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

Whatever the choice, MSO Iowa’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 IOWA

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

Iowa’s cost of living is 14% below the national average. So, what about housing? On average, housing costs are 27% lower than the rest of the country.

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

  • One-bedroom: 37% below the national median.
  • Two-bedroom: 35% below the national median.

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

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