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TRAVEL
NURSE’S
GUIDE TO
WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON BY THE NUMBERS

$71K
Average annual salary of a
registered nurse in WASHINGTON

64
NUMBER OF Hospitals in the sTate of WASHINGTON

8%
HIGHER HOUSING COSTS THAN
THE REST OF THE U.S.

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TRAVEL NURSE SALARY

Washington 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 Washington is $71,829, according to Nurse Salary Guide.

TRAVEL NURSE SALARY

Washington 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 Washington is $71,829, according to Nurse Salary Guide.

HOW DO I GET MY WASHINGTON

NURSING LICENSE?

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

  • Prior to sending in your application, visit nursys.com. This is a necessity and can prevent potential delays. Follow the instructions for verifying your original license of examination which includes a fee for the service. If the state where you obtained your original license doesn’t participate with NURSYS, you’ll need to send the Non-NURSYS verification form to the Board of Nursing for your original state of license. This can be found in the application packet here online. Contact the board to determine if there is a processing fee and where to submit the form. In your request, ask the board to fill out the form and send it directly to the Washington State Department of Health PO Box 1099 Olympia, WA 98507-1099.
  • Complete the Application for an Endorsement Nursing License. There is no online process, so you’ll need to print out the PDF form found online and mail it to the board with your check or money order at Washington State Department of Health PO Box 1099 Olympia, WA 98507-1099. Check online for the current fees.

Along with your application, you may need the following documents:

  • If your nursing education can’t be verified via the NON-NURSYS license verification form or from your original state of license on NURSYS, you will need your transcripts. Those must be sent from the school of nursing you graduated from or another state board of nursing to the Washington State Department of Health address directly. Nurses educated in a country other than the U.S. will need transcripts as well.
  • If your nursing license from your original state isn’t active/current, it will be necessary to provide proof of an active or current license. If you have a license that is current in another state participating with NURSYS, the board can obtain that information. If you don’t have an active or current license with a state participating in NURSYS, you’ll need to visit the state’s website where you have an active license, print out the page that shows your active or current license and send that page in with the application.
  • Certify that you have completed at least seven hours of education in the prevention, transmission and treatment of AIDS. Check the current guidelines on the application for topics that must be covered. Records must be maintained that document this education for two years and be available for submission to the department if requested.
  • A background check is required. Once your application is received, the Department of Health will send the fingerprint packet to you that includes a fingerprint card and directions on completing the process. The department will then run the background check through the Washington State Patrol and FBI. Provided all the other licensing requirements have been met pending process completion, a temporary practice permit will be issued.

HOW DO I GET MY WASHINGTON NURSING LICENSE?

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

  • Prior to sending in your application, visit nursys.com. This is a necessity and can prevent potential delays. Follow the instructions for verifying your original license of examination which includes a fee for the service. If the state where you obtained your original license doesn’t participate with NURSYS, you’ll need to send the Non-NURSYS verification form to the Board of Nursing for your original state of license. This can be found in the application packet here online. Contact the board to determine if there is a processing fee and where to submit the form. In your request, ask the board to fill out the form and send it directly to the Washington State Department of Health PO Box 1099 Olympia, WA 98507-1099.
  • Complete the Application for an Endorsement Nursing License. There is no online process, so you’ll need to print out the PDF form found online and mail it to the board with your check or money order at Washington State Department of Health PO Box 1099 Olympia, WA 98507-1099. Check online for the current fees.

Along with your application, you may need the following documents:

  • If your nursing education can’t be verified via the NON-NURSYS license verification form or from your original state of license on NURSYS, you will need your transcripts. Those must be sent from the school of nursing you graduated from or another state board of nursing to the Washington State Department of Health address directly. Nurses educated in a country other than the U.S. will need transcripts as well.
  • If your nursing license from your original state isn’t active/current, it will be necessary to provide proof of an active or current license. If you have a license that is current in another state participating with NURSYS, the board can obtain that information. If you don’t have an active or current license with a state participating in NURSYS, you’ll need to visit the state’s website where you have an active license, print out the page that shows your active or current license and send that page in with the application.
  • Certify that you have completed at least seven hours of education in the prevention, transmission and treatment of AIDS. Check the current guidelines on the application for topics that must be covered. Records must be maintained that document this education for two years and be available for submission to the department if requested.
  • A background check is required. Once your application is received, the Department of Health will send the fingerprint packet to you that includes a fingerprint card and directions on completing the process. The department will then run the background check through the Washington State Patrol and FBI. Provided all the other licensing requirements have been met pending process completion, a temporary practice permit will be issued.

TRAVEL NURSE OPPORTUNITIES

IN WASHINGTON

  • Washington is home to 64 hospitals.
  • There is 1 Level I trauma center.
  • Multiple large health systems including: Providence Saint Joseph Health, UW Medicine, Peacehealth
  • 7 teaching hospitals, including: Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical 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 OPPORTUNITIES IN WASHINGTON

  • Washington is home to 64 hospitals.
  • There is 1 Level I trauma center.
  • Multiple large health systems including: Providence Saint Joseph Health, UW Medicine, Peacehealth
  • 7 teaching hospitals, including: Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center

TRAVEL NURSE HOUSING

IN WASHINGTON

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

Washington’s cost of living is 6% above the national average. So, what about housing? On average, housing costs are 8% higher than the rest of the country.

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

  • One-bedroom: 22% above the national median.
  • Two-bedroom: 24% above the national median.

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

Whatever the choice, MSO Washington’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 WASHINGTON

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

Washington’s cost of living is 6% above the national average. So, what about housing? On average, housing costs are 8% higher than the rest of the country.

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

  • One-bedroom: 22% above the national median.
  • Two-bedroom: 24% above the national median.

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

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