If you’ve ever dreamt of getting a first-hand look at the Great Plains, then a career as a travel nurse in Kansas could be a perfect fit. This Midwestern state is known as the heart of America and home to the state capital, Topeka, as well as a variety of other cities such as Wichita and Kansas City. There’s also a place called the 4-State Lookout, where you can view four states--Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa--all at the same time!
With plenty to do on days off, it is no wonder why nurses from all across the country look for travel nurse opportunities here. But how do you get started?
The process begins with a Kansas nursing license. Use the steps below to begin your journey to the beautiful Sunflower State.
Steps to Get Your Kansas Nursing License
Nurses have the ability to apply for a new license (examination) or a license by endorsement.
Initial applicants will need the following:
- Official transcripts
- Fingerprints and the background check fee submitted
- Registration to take the NCLEX with PearsonVue
Endorsement applicants will need:
- Official transcripts
- Verification of original licensure
- Fingerprints and the background check fee
Renewing Your Kansas Nursing License?
Nursing license renewals require a nurse to submit a renewal application within the specified time frame and have the ability to show proof of 30 hours of continuing education.
The fees for different types of Kansas RN licenses are as follows:
- Multi-state license (obtaining the first time): $125.00
- Single-state license (obtaining the first time): $100.00
- Reinstatement with Temporary Permit: $150.00
- Reinstatement without Temporary Permit: $150.00
- Licensure Renewal (single or multi-state): $85.00
- Exempt License: $50.00
- Inactive License: $10.00
Kansas and The Multi-State Nurse Licensing Compact
The Kansas Nursing Board has all of the info you need to get on your way to obtaining the state license. One piece of exciting news is that Kansas joined the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) recently! Under the NLC, nurses can practice in other NLC states, without having to obtain additional state licenses.
With that being said, if you already hold a license in an NLC state, you can begin to get your license by obtaining a multi-state license, ensuring you meet the 11 uniform licensure requirements, and looking for travel nurse opportunities in your specialty in the state of Kansas. Because Kansas is a new compact state, the Board is experiencing a high volume of licensing inquiries. They currently have a lead time of 6-8 weeks upon receipt of all required information--including the required fingerprint and background check submissions.
If you do not hold an active license or hold a license in a non-compact state, you will need to apply for a nursing license in Kansas.
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Now that you have all the information you need to know about a nursing license in Kansas, you can connect with us to learn more about the career opportunities that may be available at top hospitals throughout the state.
Browse our Kansas travel nurse job board to search for positions by specialty and state. If you are ready to get started now, you can fill out your online application to get connected with a recruiter.