Want to work in The Hawkeye State? As a registered nurse with an out of state license, accepting a travel nursing job in Iowa is permissible due to the fact the team at American Mobile will help you obtain your Iowa nursing license. It’s easy to get started!
From the job hunt and interview process, through verifying documentation with the Iowa Board of Nursing, American Mobile’s recruitment and licensing experts have you covered.
American Mobile has a team of experienced recruiters who will help all nurses complete their licensing requirements and get them working in the great state of Iowa in a timely manner—known for its friendly communities, natural beauty, and affordable cost of living. We can even pay your state fees.
Applying for an Iowa Nursing License
Nurses who are licensed in another state or jurisdiction can apply for an Iowa RN license or LPN license by endorsement. Those who are not yet licensed in another state would apply for licensure by examination.
General qualifications for licensure by endorsement in Iowa:
- Graduation from a board-approved RN or LPN nursing program.
- Having held the same type of licensure in another state (RN or LPN).
- Passing the NCLEX examination in effect at the time of licensure.
- Review and approval of a nurse’s background information by the state board, if there are any criminal convictions or record of prior disciplinary action.
The Iowa Board of Nursing encourages nurses to complete an online application through IBON Online Services. A packet of other required materials and instructions will be sent to the applicants by ground mail after they have completed the application and paid the endorsement fee of $169.00. Paper applications are available but will delay the process for licensure.
American Mobile travel nurses can qualify for reimbursement of fees paid for their Iowa RN license, and get help with the documentation.
How Long Does it Take to Get a License?
After the state board has received all of the required documentation, applications are processed in the order received. It then takes approximately 2-3 weeks to receive a nursing license, but the timing can vary due to seasonal demand.
Need to look up your Iowa nursing license status? Simply track your application’s progress through the Iowa Board of Nursing. You can also use the Nursys verification system, which tracks license data in Iowa and many other states.
Good News for Nurses With an NLC Multistate License
Iowa is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact, which now encompasses nearly 40 states. If a nurse claims another compact state as their primary state of residence and holds a multistate nursing license, they can pursue travel nursing jobs in Iowa—without having to pay additional fees or obtain another license.
Need to Renew Your License?
Nurses who want to continue practicing in Iowa must renew their nursing license every three years, and demonstrate that they have completed 36 contact hours of continuing education. Nurses who wish to renew their license can apply to renew an Iowa license as early as 60 days before it expires. Online applications through the IBON site are preferred.
We are Here to Help You!
The best news? You don’t need to do any of this alone. The licensing experts at American Mobile are available to answer all questions and help each nurse through the process of obtaining their nursing license for the Iowa travel nursing job.
American Mobile can reimburse a nurse for their licensing costs. It is encouraged to discuss licensing with a recruiter upon applying. In addition, American Mobile recruiters can help nurses find the ideal travel nursing assignment throughout the state of Iowa, Just fill out the form on this page to get started!