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Of course, you've heard of the sun, sand, and surf that makes California a must-see destination for so many visitors each year, but did you know that the state is also chock full of high-tech facilities that provide some of the most important patient care in the nation? If you can imagine yourself as a local in beautiful California, your travel nursing career will not only be surrounded by natural beauty, but also the latest and greatest innovations. 

Get ready to grow your career in some amazing directions out west. Let our recruiters help you make the transition as a travel nurse to beautiful California. 

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How to Apply for a Nursing License in California

New Found Freedom to Pursue Your Personal Goals

Obtaining your California nursing license can be a long and complicated process. Below are some important things to keep in mind when getting your California nursing license.

    • To apply for your California nursing license via examination, individuals must complete an educational program that meets California requirements, in addition to passing the NCLEX-RN exam. When applying via examination, applicants must provide the items listed here.
  • To apply for your California nursing license via endorsement, individuals must hold a valid nursing license in another state, have completed an educational program that meets California requirements, and passed the NCLEX-RN exam. Applicants must provide the items listed here when applying for your CA nursing license via endorsement.

How to Renew Your California Nursing License

A Simple Online Process

Need to renew your CA nursing license? Below are some important requirements to keep in mind:

  • California RNs who want to renew their license must complete 30 contact hours of continuing education through a provider recognized by the California Board of Nursing.
  • To renew your California nursing license, you must submit the required renewal fee, provide proof of 30 hours of continuing education, documentation of any disciplinary action against your license, and fingerprints.
  • There are several methods for RNs to submit their California nursing license renewal, including online through BreEZe, by mail, or in person.

California Travel Nurse Salary and Pay Rates

Great Benefits, It's Time to Go for It!

Amongst the sand and surf, California travel nurses will find some of the nation's highest RN salaries and pay rates that also allow them to grow their careers in the most advanced facilities. Sample pay rates for our valuable specialty nurses include:

  • L&D: Up to $3,690/week*
  • ICU: Up to $3,641/week*
  • Telemetry: Up to $3,482/week*
  • PACU: Up to $3,770/week*


*Disclaimer: Wages for California 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.

Great California Travel Nursing Benefits

We're Here to Help!

At AMN Healthcare, our travel nurses 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)

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