I am currently licensed as an RN in New York state but am looking to relocate to Colorado.... and have some questions regarding how to go about switching my license from NY to CO and applying for new jobs! If any one can help, i would greatly appreciate it since i don't seem to be finding much on the internet or elsewhere.
So, here are my main questions:
- Do i need to have a Colorado license BEFORE i can begin applying for jobs in Colorado? Or can i let employers know i am in the midst of getting a Colorado license (or plan to get one) prior to applying?
- If i obtain a Colorado license, is my New York state license immediately invalidated? or will it remain active (meaning that i would hold an active license in 2 states at once)?
- Also... does anyone have ideas on how competitive the job market in and around Denver, Colorado is for RN's? I'm a relatively new RN being that i only graduated with my BSN last may (since June i have been working on a two medsurg units at a large hospital; one specializing in infectious disease, the other is a secure unit for inmates) so have only been working as an RN for ~10 months now. However, i plan to apply for jobs beginning September 1st so, by the time i actually plan to start work in Colorado, will have 1+ years of experience.
Thank you so much for your help and answers to my questions!