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 TRAVEL

 NURSE’S

 GUIDE TO

  OKLAHOMA

 

  

Travel Nurse’s Guide to Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA BY THE NUMBERS

$55K
Average annual salary of a
registered nurse in OKLAHOMA

90
NUMBER OF Hospitals in the sTate of OKLAHOMA

34%
LOWER HOUSING COSTS THAN
THE REST OF THE U.S.

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TRAVEL NURSE SALARY

Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma is $55,467, according to Nurse Salary Guide.

TRAVEL NURSE SALARY

Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma is $55,467, according to Nurse Salary Guide.

HOW DO I GET MY OKLAHOMA

NURSING LICENSE?

Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma nursing license by endorsement is necessary.

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

  • Visit the Oklahoma State Board of Nursing, complete the online application and submit the fee as listed. Detailed instructions can be found here. A paper copy can be requested; however, this method may cause a significant delay as applicants must send a written request to the board with a postage-paid envelope to receive the paper application. You will need to provide proof of citizenship or lawful resident status by submitting a notarized Evidence of Status form.
  • Verification of Licensure is required from your original state of licensure. If your home state participates in the NURSYS Verification system, the request can be completed on the NURSYS site. If that state does not participate in NURSYS, contact the board of nursing there for further instructions. You will need to send them a Verification of Licensure form (found in the online application) to complete and submit to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing at 2915 N. Classen Blvd. Ste. 524, Oklahoma City, OK 73106. If your state doesn’t fully verify your nursing education, the board will request that an official transcript be submitted directly to their office from the nursing program.
  • Oklahoma requires that nurses demonstrate evidence of meeting continued qualifications for practice within the last five years prior to the receipt of your completed application. Request that your employer (or agency that signs your checks) submit the Employment Verification Form and job description that indicates a nursing license I required for that position. It can be mailed to the Oklahoma City address or faxed to 405-962-1821.
  • Fingerprint and background checks are required for all applicants. The board will mail you fingerprint cards that you must take to a local law enforcement agency for fingerprinting. Only Form RS-04 fingerprint cards from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing can be used. You will also receive an addressed envelope for them to be mailed directly by the law enforcement agency to an IdentoGO center sponsored by Idemia. If you have an Oklahoma mailing address, you will need to make an appointment online to visit an Oklahoma IdentoGo center in person and provide fingerprints electronically.

HOW DO I GET MY OKLAHOMA NURSING LICENSE?

Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma nursing license by endorsement is necessary.

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

  • Visit the Oklahoma State Board of Nursing, complete the online application and submit the fee as listed. Detailed instructions can be found here. A paper copy can be requested; however, this method may cause a significant delay as applicants must send a written request to the board with a postage-paid envelope to receive the paper application. You will need to provide proof of citizenship or lawful resident status by submitting a notarized Evidence of Status form.
  • Verification of Licensure is required from your original state of licensure. If your home state participates in the NURSYS Verification system, the request can be completed on the NURSYS site. If that state does not participate in NURSYS, contact the board of nursing there for further instructions. You will need to send them a Verification of Licensure form (found in the online application) to complete and submit to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing at 2915 N. Classen Blvd. Ste. 524, Oklahoma City, OK 73106. If your state doesn’t fully verify your nursing education, the board will request that an official transcript be submitted directly to their office from the nursing program.
  • Oklahoma requires that nurses demonstrate evidence of meeting continued qualifications for practice within the last five years prior to the receipt of your completed application. Request that your employer (or agency that signs your checks) submit the Employment Verification Form and job description that indicates a nursing license I required for that position. It can be mailed to the Oklahoma City address or faxed to 405-962-1821.
  • Fingerprint and background checks are required for all applicants. The board will mail you fingerprint cards that you must take to a local law enforcement agency for fingerprinting. Only Form RS-04 fingerprint cards from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing can be used. You will also receive an addressed envelope for them to be mailed directly by the law enforcement agency to an IdentoGO center sponsored by Idemia. If you have an Oklahoma mailing address, you will need to make an appointment online to visit an Oklahoma IdentoGo center in person and provide fingerprints electronically.

TRAVEL NURSE

OPPORTUNITIES IN OKLAHOMA

  • Oklahoma is home to 90 hospitals.
  • There is 1 Level I trauma center.
  • Multiple large health systems including: Integris Health, Saint Francis Health System
  • 4 teaching hospitals, including: OU Medical Center, Saint Francis Hospital

TRAVEL NURSE OPPORTUNITIES IN OKLAHOMA

  • Oklahoma is home to 90 hospitals.
  • There is 1 Level I trauma center.
  • Multiple large health systems including: Integris Health, Saint Francis Health System
  • 4 teaching hospitals, including: OU Medical Center, Saint Francis Hospital

TRAVEL NURSE HOUSING

IN OKLAHOMA

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

Oklahoma’s cost of living is 17% below the national average. So, what about housing? On average, housing costs are 34% lower than the rest of the country.

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

  • 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 Oklahoma’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 OKLAHOMA

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

Oklahoma’s cost of living is 17% below the national average. So, what about housing? On average, housing costs are 34% lower than the rest of the country.

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

  • 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 Oklahoma’s team is available to assist you with all your travel and housing needs. We ensure that your transition is as seamless as possible.