Resources for Arizona Nurses


    Resources for Arizona Nurses

    There are many reasons to pursue a nursing career in Arizona. In addition to being a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact, the Grand Canyon state also gave advanced practice nurses full prescribing authority in April 2017.

    As of 2017, there are 134,708 licensed nursing professionals in Arizona. These include RNs, LPNs, CNAs, LNAs, NPs, CNSs, CNMs, and CRNAs. Here's a breakdown:

    Description Active
    Registered Nurses 85,947
    Licensed Practical Nurses 10,189
    Certified Nursing Assistants 25,114
    Licensed Nursing Assistants 5,288
    Nurse Practitioners 6,883
    Clinical Nurse Specialists 178
    Certified Nurse Midwives 260
    Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists 849

    Read on to learn everything you need to know about being a nurse in Arizona!

    Part One Arizona Board Of Nursing

    The Arizona State Board of Nursing issues and regulates all licenses and educational programs for nurses. It is the responsibility of the board to ensure that anyone holding a license is competent to practice safely.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Address:

    Arizona State Board Of Nursing

    4747 N. 7th Street, Suite 200

    Phoenix, AZ 85014-3655

    GET DIRECTIONS  

    Phone:  602-771-7800 | Fax:  602-771-7888 

    Contact Hours: 8AM-5PM Mon-Fri | Contact Online

    For information on Arizona nurse licensing including forms and application instructions, see Part Four.

    Part Two Nursing Salaries In Arizona

    When adjusted for the cost of living, nursing salaries in Arizona rank 9th highest in the nation. Find out how much you could or should be making.

    HOURLY WAGES FOR NURSES IN AZ

    According to the BLS, the average hourly wage for registered nurses in Arizona is $35.31 per hour.  The hourly wage range is $25.32 to $47.79 per hour. 

    Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses in Arizona average $24.84 per hour and can make between $18.78 and $30.57 per hour.

    ANNUAL SALARIES FOR NURSES IN AZ

    According to the BLS, the average annual wage for registered nurses in Arizona is $73,430.  The range for annual salaries is $52,260 to $98,790 per year. 

    Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses in Arizona average $51,670 per year. The range for annual salaries fall between $39,060 and $63,580 annually. 

    HIGHEST PAYING CITIES IN AZ

    Metropolitan areas tend to pay higher salaries to nurses. Some of the highest paying cities include:

    Phoenix Prescott Yuma Tucson Lake Havasu
     $74,930  $72,040  $70,420  $69,620  $66,080

    Part Three Demand For Nurses

    Despite dire projections just 3 years ago about a severe nursing shortage in the state, some studies now project a surplus. However, qualified nurses will always be in high demand, especially in a state with the 10th highest population of elderly residents. 

    The current HRSA projections show Arizona having a demand for 98,700 registered nurses by 2030. Despite the projected surplus, there are thousands of open nursing positions in Arizona. Search 2,000 Arizona nursing jobs now.

    Read on for more information on obtaining your nursing license in Arizona. 

    Part Four AZ Nursing Licenses

    As a Nursing Compact state, Arizona recognizes licenses from 24 other states. These include:

    • Arkansas
    • Colorado
    • Delaware
    • Idaho
    • Iowa
    • Kentucky
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • New Hampshire
    • New Mexico
    • North Carolina
    • North Dakota
    • Rhode Island
    • South Carolina
    • South Dakota
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • Virginia
    • Wisconsin

    Nurses applying for their first Arizona nursing license must submit paper applications by mail. The specific application forms will vary based on your nursing status and type of license.

    Renewal applications should be submitted online, except for the following circumstances:

    • Nurses on Probation
    • Nurses Who Are Suspended
    • Inactive or Retired Status Nurses
    • Nurses submitting volunteer / private duty hours for 960-hour requirement
    • Nurses without a social security number
    • Nurses who have, since their last renewal:

      Ever been charged, convicted, entered a plea of guilty, nolo contendere or no contest, been sentenced or served time in jail for any felony or undesignated offense    OR

      Ever had prosecution deferred or suspended, entered into a diversion program, or made any other agreement by which a felony or undesignated offense would be dismissed upon completion of certain terms    OR

      Ever had a felony or undesignated offense pardoned, expunged, dismissed, deferred, reclassified or redesignated    OR

      Had more than one misdemeanor charge or conviction in the past four years

    If you meet the above criteria, you must submit a request to the Arizona State Board of Nursing and an application will be emailed to you. To request a paper application, use the Contact Form and select "Applications & Forms" from the Inquiry Reason drop down menu.

    Arizona Nurse Licensing Forms

    Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)

    NP | CNM | Prescribing & Dispensing | CNS Certification Application Packet
    Active APRN Renewal (Online Only)

    Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Certification Application
    CNS National Certification Exam Waiver Application
    Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program (CSPMP) Form

    Sample School Letter

    Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)

    NEW LICENSES

    RN/LPN By Endorsement Packet (for non-compact state licenses) | Instructions
    RN/LPN By Exam Application Packet (for graduating nurses) | Instructions

    Fingerprint Card Instructions
    Verification Form 
    Certificate of Completion

    TEMPORARY LICENSES

    RN/LPN Temporary License/Certification
    RN/LPN Temporary License for Refresher Course
    Volunteer Service Registration Application

    RENEWALS

    Active RN License Renewal (Online Only)
    Inactive RN Status Renewal Application Packet
    RN / LPN Late & Invalid License Questionnaire
    Re-Issuance For Revoked, Denied or Voluntary Surrendered Licenses

    RETIRED NURSES

    Retired Nurse Application

    School Nurses

    School Nurse Initial and Renewal Packet

    CNAs and LNAs

    Initial CNA or LNA Application Packet
    CNA or LNA Endorsement Application Packet

    LNA or CNA Expired License - Certificate Questionnaire

    CNA Education Waiver for Military or Foreign Graduate
    CNA Education Waiver for Nursing Student

    LNA or CNA Practice Hours Requirement Evaluation- Employment Other Than LNA or CNA 

    Other Licensing Forms 

    Application Fee Waiver Form
    Arrest / Citation / Charge Questionnaire 
    Citizenship and or Lawful Presence / Alien Status Declaration / Lists A & B 
    Credit Debit Card Authorization Form
    Declaration of Primary State of Address & Change of Address
    Duplicate Request or Name Change

    Part Five Continuing Education Requirements

    Though there are no continuing education requirements for Arizona nurses. However, there is a practice requirement of 960 hours every 5 years. If this is not an option for you, Arizona nurses may maintain their licenses by doing one of the following:

    • Graduate from a nursing program and obtain a degree within 5 years OR
    • Complete an Arizona Board approved refresher course within 5 years OR
    • Obtain an advanced nursing degree within 5 years (i.e. LPN to RN, RN to BSN, masters, or doctorate).

    Click here for a list of Arizona State Board Approved Refresher Courses.

    Part Six Magnet Hospitals 

    Magnet Hospitals In Arizona

    As of September 2017, there are 11 Magnet-recognized hospitals in the state of Arizona. Below is a comprehensive list: 

    Organization Name City
    Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix Phoenix
    Banner - University Medical Center Tucson Tucson
    Banner Estrella Medical Center Phoenix
    Banner Gateway Medical Center Gilbert
    HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center Phoenix
    HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center Phoenix
    HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center Scottsdale
    HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center Scottsdale
    HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center Scottsdale

    Part Seven Best Hospitals For Nurses

    Nurse.org ranked the best hospitals in Arizona state for nurses to work for based on nurse's ratings and reviews.

    1. Phoenix Children's Hospital

    Average Rating 4.6
    Recommended 96%

    "Management is awesome in the CVICU/CICU. Always quick to respond and always appropriate with staff."

    "Great work environment! Competitive pay and benefits."

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    2. St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center

    Average Rating 4.5
    Recommended 100%

    "Great place to work with advanced medical care."

    "You would love working at St. Joe's. The team in the Emergency Room is amazing and the quality of patient care is top notch. I love Level I trauma centers."

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    3. Mayo Clinic Hospital

    Average Rating 4.5
    Recommended 100%

    "The pay was great, the employees are helpful, and the facility has lots of support for nursing."

    "Great staff, tons of resources, excellent caring physicians, and a good mix of high acuity and stable patients to keep things interesting."

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    4. Banner Thunderbird Medical Center

    Average Rating 4.3
    Recommended 100%

    "Coworkers and management are awesome and it feels like a family. I have been there two years and have enjoyed my experience."

    "You are always supported by the nursing staff. The physicians are very open and willing to support your decisions."

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    5. Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

    Average Rating 4.3
    Recommended 100%

    "The staff nurses were professional, friendly, and helpful. The hospital is small enough to learn your way around easily."

    "Great place to work. Great patient ratio and general patient demographics are great as well. The staff are the highlight - always friendly and willing to work."

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    6. Banner Gateway Medical Center

    Average Rating 4.3
    Recommended 100%

    “Friendly coworkers who help you get acclimated to the core, challenging cases, and a relaxed environment. We love our travelers that are motivated and can jump right in.”

    "Coworkers are great and pay is competitive. Managers are fair and look out for their employees"

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    7. Flagstaff Medical Center

    Average Rating 4.2
    Recommended 100%

    “Great small community, good employees, and good management to work for.”

    "Great staff and people. Competitive pay. Lots of patients from rural areas with multiple co-morbidities."

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    8. Banner University Medical Center Pheonix

    Average Rating 4.2
    Recommended 94%

    *Magnet Hospital

    "I love the variety of patients because of the Level I trauma center designation of this facility."

    "My coworkers are amazingly supportive with a teammate mindset. The nurse management is supportive and encouraging. Scheduling is easy and convenient."

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    9. Scottsdale Shea Medical Center

    Average Rating 4.2
    Recommended 94%

    *Magnet Hospital

    “Great work environment and patient environment. Doctors are supportive as is the management. Medical equipment is up to date. Patients are informed.”

    "Great coworkers. Adequate staffing ratios. Pay is comparable to other alike facilities. Updated facilities. Lovely in hospital spa. Friendly staff members. Experienced nurses and doctors."

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    10. Maricopa Medical Center

    Average Rating 4.2
    Recommended 92%

    “Co-workers, Arizona state retirement, great learning opportunity, and a diverse patient population. Overall a great environment to work in with a wonderful team approach to nursing.”

    "Overall we are not only coworkers but we're family. The staff in the Emergency Room are phenomenal!"

    Read Reviews

    Nurse.org surveyed 665 nurses in Arizona state from 2015-2017 for this report. Hospitals with less than ten nursing reviews were excluded from our list.

    Part Eight Arizona Nursing Organizations

    Many nurses join professional nursing organizations as a way to stay current on what's going on their field or specialty. They offer many opportunities for education and networking. Here is a list of professional nursing organizations in Arizona.

    Organization Website
    American Psychiatric Nurses Association (Arizona Chapter) apna.org
    Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists azcrna.com
    Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association azcna.com
    Arizona Emergency Nurses Association azena.org
    Arizona Nurses Association aznurse.org
    Arizona Organization of Nurse Executives myazone.org
    Arizona Public Health Association azpha.org
    Black Nurses Association of the Greater Phoenix Area bnaphoenix.org
    Philippine Nurses Association of Arizona pnaaz.org
    School Nurses of Organization of Arizona snoa.org
    The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (Phoenix Chapter) nahn-phx.org

    Part Nine Job Opportunities in AZ

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