Colorado. No other state holds as much natural beauty as the Centennial State. Offering both urban and rural landscapes to get lost in, travel nurses from around the country enjoy this destination year round.
The largest cities in the area – Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder promise exquisite museums, five-star restaurants, and prestigious theaters, while the Rocky Mountains provide ample opportunity for hiking, camping, skiing, and snowboarding. The huge population, enticing destinations, great weather, and state of the art medical facilities make Colorado one of the best places in the nation to work as a registered nurse. The higher than average RN salaries more than makeup for the higher than average cost of living and the lure of adventure draws more travel nurses to the west coast every year.
PPR Travel Nursing has been placing nurses in contract positions in Colorado since 1996. We’re proud to have not only played a part in providing exceptional care to patients along looking to work in the state with the highest elevation but to also provide travel RNs with the adventure of their lifetime. If you’re interested in having your own Colorado adventure, take a closer look at some of the CO travel nurse jobs below and apply to get started.
Timeline: Valid for 6 months
Processing Fee: $39.50 (fingerprint)
Timeline: 8-12 weeks
Cost: $39.50 Application
Processing Fee: $43
Walk Thru: No
Phone Number: 303-894-7855
Fax Number: N/A
The Colorado Board of Registered Nursing processes permanent and temporary licenses for Registered Nurses in approximately 8-12 weeks. Temporary licenses are valid for about 6 months which is perfect for travel nurses interested in two or fewer contract positions. If you're looking for longer term travel nursing contracts in Colorado the permanent license might be the right option for you. Colorado is not a walkthrough state and is affiliated with the Nurse Licensure Compact and Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). The Colorado Board of Registered Nursing is affiliated with NURSYS. If you run into any trouble applying for or acquiring your RN license in CO, feel free to contact us, we'd love to help you get licensed. Below you'll find additinal resources for acquiring and renewing your Colorado Registered Nurse License.
Colorado is unique in that it has several major cities that are often much larger than any other city in the nation. Whether you're looking at Denver area, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Durango, Fort Collins, Pueblo (or any other large city in Colorado) you're going to find a lot of large, state-of-the-art hospitals & medical facilities. These areas offer it all. So what can you do with your time off? Colorado also has the highest elevation of any state, with more than 1,000 Rocky Mountain peaks over 10,000 ft high and 54 towering above 14,000 ft. Pikes Peak, the most famous of these mountains, was discovered by U.S. Army lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike in 1806. Looking for new adventures on your own, and if you're interested in pursuing a position as a travel nurse in Colorado, check out our jobs or apply today.
Records from several reputable sources claim that RNs working in Colorado earn well above the national average. Some major metropolitan areas, such as Denver, report average salaries as high as $98,000/yr. Even sources like Indeed, which only report on salaries offered for open positions (often closer to entry level rather than senior positions) report higher than average salaries for RNs. The median and mean salaries are both high in Colorado but the highest-earning positions often offer at or above $100k per year. This is super enticing to travel nurses who have a great opportunity to increase their earning potential. Since most living expenses are paid for or reimbursed travel nurses working in Colorado have even more earning potential.
On top of increased demand for nurses and health care providers due to population growth and demographic changes, retirement is also an issue. Historically, nurses start retiring at age 58. The age profile of Colorado’s 61,000 licensed registered nurses is: 4,500 are over the age of 65; 6,600 are 60-65; and 10,100 are 55-59. Colorado needs 1,780 more nurses now to reach the national average nurse to population ratio. If you're considering becoming a travel nurse we'd love to work with you. Check out some of our current open travel nurse jobs in Colorado.
Demand for qualified registered nurses is at an all-time high in Colorado. As the uninsured gain increased access to care, we expect to see an increase in the demand for registered nurses in physician offices, community care clinics, public health and other service areas. Projections for future demand indicate that this demand will continue to increase as the population grows and new nurses come into the field at a slower rate than new positions are opened. A significant increase in opportunities for advanced practice nurses, especially nurse practitioners, is emerging to help meet the consumer’s primary care needs. The pipeline for preparing advanced practice nurses must be enlarged to meet the future demands of Coloradans. This means that most facilities in the state are looking to travel nurses to help fill vacant positions. Some nursing specialties are in higher demand than others. The following RN specialties have some of the highest demand.
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