From the beautiful foothills and towering cacti found in Tucson to the city life in Scottsdale, Arizona is ripe with opportunity and things to do for travel nurses. Days off can be spent boating on Lake Havasu or even skiing in Flagstaff during the winter months.
Travel nurses with a nursing license in Arizona can watch their careers rise like a “Phoenix” by traveling throughout a state with plenty of hospitals and healthcare systems that are in need of travel nurses and their unique skills and abilities.
But many nurses may be asking how to apply for an Arizona nursing license? The answer is simple with the help of American Mobile Healthcare. We can help nurses apply for a nursing license, verify their license, or even help with Arizona Board of Nursing License renewals. At American Mobile, there is always an answer to every question about the licensing process.
Applying for an Arizona Nursing License
The Arizona Board of Nursing will have all of the information needed for a nurse to begin the process of obtaining an Arizona nurse license. The Board allows for licensure by endorsement and licensure by examination. For nurses who have a nursing license in another state, then the path for endorsement will be their ticket.
According to the Arizona Board of Nursing, RN licensure by Endorsement means that you have graduated from an approved nursing program, taken the NCLEX or state board test pool exam, and have been granted an RN/LPN license by another state.
New nurses without a state license will need to apply for licensure by examination. If a nurse has met the criteria outlined above, they can follow these steps for Arizona Nursing Licensure by Endorsement:
- Submit an online application with fees
- Verify original state licensure. This can be done through nursys.com
- Provide citizenship/lawful presence documentation
Additionally, a nurse will need to verify their practice by meeting one of the following criteria:
- Practiced as a nurse for 960 hours or more in the past 5 years OR
- Graduated from a nursing program and obtained a degree within the past 5 years OR
- Completed an Arizona Board-approved refresher course in the past 5 years OR Obtained an advanced nursing degree in the past 5 years (i.e. LPN to RN, RN to BSN, masters, or doctorate).
Navigating the Arizona Board of Nursing License Renewal
A nurse who is simply looking to renew a nursing license in Arizona will find this great state, whose name means “silver-bearing” in Aztec, will keep their nursing career rich in top healthcare facilities, recreational activities, and the kind of friendly people that make it a destination for many healthcare providers.
There is a $160 fee for Arizona nursing license renewals. If a nurse already has a registered license in Arizona that is expired or lapsed, then they must apply for reinstatement.
Is Arizona a Compact State?
At this time, Arizona is part of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). The state is no longer part of the original Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). As part of the eNLC, an RN can practice in the state of Arizona if they are licensed in one of the other eNLC states, without having to obtain any additional licenses. A list of states participating in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact is available here.
We Can Reimburse Your Licensing Fees!
At American Mobile, we are proud to guide all prospective traveling nurses through the Arizona RN license process. In addition to our helpful guidance, travel nurses can also have their licensing fees paid for by American Mobile in some cases. Complete the form to the right to be considered for travel nursing jobs in the state of Arizona .
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