The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration [PDF] predicts that Kansas will have a deficit of nurses on the order of 5,900 positions by 2020 unless an aggressive campaign to educate and employ new nurse practitioners is put in place. Even Kansas’ major metropolitan areas don’t have large populations like the hubs of New York and Los Angeles, but the state is still 15th most populous in the U.S., and a shortage of nurses poses a serious risk to the population’s health. There are plenty of educational opportunities for nurse practitioners in Kansas, and plenty of jobs as well.
The Kansas Board of Nursing controls nurse licensure in the state, and offers licenses for all the standard nursing specialties, including:
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), including Nurse Practitioners
- Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (LPN/LVNs)
- Certified Nurse’s Aides and Assistants
Nursing Licensure in Kansas
Since Kansas is not a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact, you’ll have to apply for a separate license if you want to work in the state. The procedure for applying to renew your license or get one for the first time is as follows.
- Pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) within two years of completing your nurse training.
- Submit all the requisite paperwork, a summary of which can be found on the Kansas State Board of Nursing website. This includes application forms, proof of education, fingerprints, a criminal background check, and copies of any other state’s nursing license that you hold. Additional requirements are in place for nurses who were trained outside the U.S.
- Pay any application fees. These are subject to change, and the most up to date costs can be found at the KSBN website.
All nurses in the U.S. must renew their nursing license every two years, and must fulfill a continuing education requirement of 30 contact-hours. The specifics of how contact-hours are defined can be found on the Kansas State Board of Nursing website. License renewal is possible starting 90 days before the expiration date of the current license.
Average Nursing Salaries in Kansas
All salary data is as of May 2011.
The mean annual wage of an RN in Kansas is $58,750 but there are metropolitan areas in the state where nurses can earn significantly higher salaries. The following table compares the national mean wage for RNs to the statewide means in Kansas, and the numbers for several metropolitan areas in the state, as reported by The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
|Area||Registered Nurses||Average Salary|
|Kansas City, MO-KS||21,120||$66,330|