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Nursing License & Renewal Arkansas

Find New Serenity in Arkansas

It's true, Arkansas is known as a haven for diamond miners with several multi-carat whoppers taken out of local mines, but you'll find your own diamond in the rough when you accept a travel nursing job in this jewel in the Ozarks. There's never been a better time to get your Arkansas nursing license to venture to this southern must-see. Arkansas is a nurse compact state and has been part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) since July 1, 2000. 

Your diamond in the rough is waiting. Connect with one of our experienced recruiters to learn how a nursing license in Arkansas can make your future extra bright. 

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How to Apply for a Nursing License in Arkansas

Room to Breathe New Life into Your Career

  • Create an account on the Arkansas Nurse Portal, maintained by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN).
  • Pay $125 application fee for an RN license by endorsement.
  • Submit verification of current licensure to the ASBN. If you were originally licensed in a state listed on Nursys, you must obtain verification through Nursys. If you were originally licensed in a state NOT on Nursys, obtain verification by mailing the ASBN Verification Form to the licensing agency in that state.
  • Verify recent employment to show active practice in nursing, or the appropriate refresher course, or other evidence as required by the board.

Final Steps to Obtain Arkansas Nursing License

Submit an application for state and federal criminal background checks  ASBN website’s Criminal Background Checks System by:

  • Earning 15 contact hours of accredited, practice-focused activities; or
  • Holding a nationally recognized certification/re-certification; or
  • Completing a minimum of one college credit hour course in nursing with a grade of C or better.

How to Renew Your Arkansas Nursing License

Embrace the Mystery of the Ozarks

Nurses can renew their LPN or RN license online through the Arkansas Nurse Portal, and pay the application fee by credit card.

Arkansas nursing licenses must be renewed every two years. 


Arkansas Travel Nurse Salary and Pay Rates

This Southern Gem Awaits Your Skills

Nurses who delve into travel nursing jobs in Arkansas will find great salaries and growing opportunities in some of the country's most advanced healthcare facilities. Sample pay rates for our valuable specialty nurses include:

  • Rehab Nurse: Up to $2,034/week*
  • Case Manager: Up to $2,150/week*
  • Med Surg: Up to $1,859/week*
  • Progressive Care: Up to $2,708/week*

These are just some examples of what Arkansas has in store for nurses who bring their valuable skills to the state. 


*Disclaimer: Wages for Arkansas travel nursing jobs are based on average rates and may be impacted by facility budgets and seasonality and may include a combination of taxable and non-taxable earnings and reimbursements.

L&D Travel Nursing Jobs and Salary/Benefits Information

Great Benefits for Our Arkansas Travel Nurses

We Take Care of the Details, You Thrive

At AMN Healthcare, our travel nurses who work in Arkansas can choose from a variety of great benefits, including the following:

  • Private, provided housing or a stipend to find their own accommodations
  • Travel reimbursements for transportation to their assignment location
  • DAY ONE benefits, including full medical and dental 
  • 401k options 
  • FREE continuing education courses (CMEs)
  • The largest database of travel nursing jobs in the nation
  • Some positions offer overtime bonus programs

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