The decision to accept an assignment in Hawaii is more complicated than the decision to move to a new destination within the continental 48 states. While relocation to Hawaii does not have to be permanent, it can be more impactful than a land-based move. After you start your travel nurse assignment in Hawaii, you may never want to leave.
Only you can decide if the Hawaiian Islands are the right home for you and your long-term career, and the best way to make a good decision is to spend time in your potential new home before making the move. If you’ve fallen in love with Hawaii and want to make it your permanent home, then you can weigh the inconveniences of moving against the rewards you’ll receive once your assignment is complete.
The good news is that nurses move to Hawaii from the mainland every day and have been doing so for decades, so there’s a lot of information available on the topic and plenty of services available to make your consideration as seamless as possible.
Timeline: Valid for 90 days
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Timeline: 6-8 weeks
Cost: $234.00 (odd years); $166.00 (even years)
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Walk Thru: Yes
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The Hawaii Board of Registered Nursing processes permanent and temporary licenses for Registered Nurses in approximately 6 weeks. Temporary licenses are valid for about 3 months which is perfect for travel nurses interested in two or fewer contract positions. If you're looking for longer term travel nursing contracts in Hawaii the permanent license might be the right option for you. Hawaii is a walkthrough state and is not affiliated with the Nurse Licensure Compact or Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). The Hawaii Board of Registered Nursing is affiliated with NURSYS. If you run into any trouble applying for or acquiring your RN license in Hawaii, feel free to contact us, we'd love to help you get licensed. Below you'll find additinal resources for acquiring and renewing your Hawaii Registered Nurse License.
Hawaii is unique in that it has several major metropolitan areas that are often much smaller than any other state in the nation. Whether you're looking at Honolulu, Volcano, Kailua, Hilo, Pahoa, Leilani Estates, Lahaina, Hawi, Kapolei or Waikoloa (or any other major city in Hawaii) you're going to find a host of large, state-of-the-art hospitals & medical facilities. These areas offer it all. They have urban adventures abound with dining, sight seeing, night life, art & culture for every preference. There are also outdoor adventures just outside of town in the form of wine options, mountains & hiking, surfing & beach life, etc. Some of the highest demand for travel nurses exists inside of the main metro areas. Many travel nurses opt for these locations because you don't have to participate in the hustle and bustle of a big city but you still get to enjoy the exceptional weather, spectacular landscapes, and all the views & adventures that Hawaii offers. If you're interested in pursuing a position as a travel nurse in Hawaii, check out our jobs or apply today.
Records from several reputable sources claim that RNs working in Hawaii earn 8% above the national average. Some major metropolitan areas, such as Oahu, report average salaries as high as $1,746 per week. Even sources like Indeed, which only report on salaries offered for open positions (often closer to entry level rather than senior positions) report higher than average salaries for RNs in Wailuku. The median and mean salaries are both high in Hawaii but the highest-earning positions often offer at or above $100k per year. This is super enticing to travel nurses who have a great opportunity to increase their earning potential. Since most living expenses are paid for or reimbursed travel nurses working in Hawaii have even more earning potential.
The future of nursing as a career is very promising. With so many new jobs being created every year combined with so few new nurses entering the workforce, it's a recipe for high demand. If you're familiar with the current demand for registered nurses, you might not be surprised to learn that demand will continue to increase at a similar rate to recent years. Travel nursing in states like Hawaii offers a number of additional benefits. Not only are you able to collect an awesome salary, but you'll also have an opportunity to work at some of the most prestigious hospitals in the country. If you're considering becoming a travel nurse we'd love to work with you. Check out some of our current open travel nurse jobs in Hawaii.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median salary for RNs is currently $68,450. The top 10% earn a median salary of $102,990. Because travel nurses are often hired for critical needs, a travel nurse often earns significantly more than the median. In addition, there is usually an attractive benefits package that includes housing, medical and/or dental coverage, meal subsidies, retirement savings plans, bonuses and other perks. Travel RNs are usually guaranteed a minimum number of hours for every assignment. Some nursing specialties are in higher demand than others. The following RN specialties have some of the highest demand.
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