Once we find your perfect match, the Scrubjay Travel Med team will conduct all the fundamental onboarding and orientation to ensure a seamless transition and give you a running start. We’ll also steer you through the credentialing process, if needed, so that all the necessary licensure, certification, and compliance needs are met with time to spare. Here’s what you need to know about California nursing:
Becoming a Registered Nurse in California
- Upon the successful completion of nursing school, pass the National Council Licensing Examination to obtain an RN license in California.
- Complete a background check.
- Apply for a temporary license if you wish to work in a supervised nursing capacity while waiting for the results of your examination.
State Licensure for RNs Outside of California
- Licensure by endorsement is a licensure method for RNs who hold a current and active license in another state, US territory, or Canada. To apply, you must have passed the National Council Licensing Examination, the State Board Test Pool Examination, or the five-part Canadian examination (prior to 1980).
Applying for a Temporary License
- A temporary license is valid for 6 months. RNs who are issued a temporary license are allowed to work pending issuance of a permanent RN license. For a temporary license, apply for licensure by endorsement.
Applying for an Advanced Practice Certification
- To apply for high acuity, NP, and clinical specialty certifications, visit the Advanced Practice and Public Health Nurse Certification section on the California Board of Registered Nursing website.
- In California, RNs must complete 30 hours of continuous education every two years in order to renew their license.
- Complete required vaccinations, physical exams, drug screenings, and background checks, and submit any additional documentation.
Our hospital partners require travel nurses to have at least one year of acute care experience. Unit-specific experience may also be necessary for high-acuity positions such as PICU or NICU.Travel Nursing FAQ