Colorado is another great state with which to travel nurse because you can beat the heat. You’d be surprised how many folks will travel to Florida—or some other warm locale—during the winter months and then migrate to cooler climates like Colorado during the summer. As such, you’ll find plenty of seasonal work in the Rocky Mountains whether you travel during ski season or the off-season.
We’ll cover a few things you’ll have to know before travel nursing in the Centennial State.
CO is part of the NLC
Like other states in our travel nursing series, Colorado is a part of the NLC. NLC stands for the Nurse Licensure Compact which functions as a multi-state nursing license. If you have a license in one of the 24 NLC states, you have a license that’ll work for the other 24 NLC states. This is great news for travel nurses as you only have to have one license.
For more information about the NLC, log onto their website https://www.ncsbn.org/nurse-licensure-compact.htm and make sure you qualify.
Colorado’s nursing community falls under the guidance of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
You can discover more about the NCSBN’s requirements with the following link:
Colorado’s DORA also has its own website, so you can contact them if you have any further questions about what Colorado expects from their travel nurses:
The NLC is great because you don’t need as much paperwork if you plan to move from Colorado to another one of the other NLC states. That’s always a bonus for travel nurses.
Cost of Living
When you think Colorado, you think of mile-high Denver and ski country but as you can imagine, those two locales have a higher cost of living than other Colorado locations. By traveling a little farther, you could reduce your cost of living by quite a bit or you could avoid the mountains all together with one city we’ll cover with our cost of living index.
The following are the aggregate cost of living scores for six major cities in Colorado. A score of 100 is the national average.
Grand Junction: 98.3
Colorado Springs: 92.8
Gunnison is deep in Rocky Mountain territory, so it gives you an idea of how expensive places like Vail or Aspen might be—actually, Vail and Aspen are probably a lot higher—and Pueblo rests on the edge of Colorado’s plains, so it looks similar to Nebraska. The two we’ll draw your attention to are Loveland and Colorado Springs.
Loveland is about 50 miles north of the greater Denver area, so that might be a place where you can lower your cost of living, while staying close to a big city. But Colorado Springs is just a little farther south of Denver than Loveland is north, and you’re more likely to find employment as it’s a large and beautiful city in its own right.
It snows—a lot—in several areas of Colorado. While you should be fine in large cities like Denver and in cities with lower elevation like Colorado Springs, you might find yourself snowed in if you travel to a ski town like Vail, Aspen or Winter Park; there’s a reason they’re winter vacation hotspots.
These same roads could have limited or no drivability during certain months of the year and should plan accordingly as in finding a place to stay close to work.
If you feel the urge to climb rugged mountains and don’t mind a cold, white blanket in the winter, Colorado might be your next great adventure.