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Hawaii Travel Nursing & Therapy: The Ultimate Guide

Hawaii is an island paradise. For some people, it can be the dream travel assignment. For others, it may be better left as a dream vacation. Taking a Hawaii travel nursing or therapy assignment is not as simple as hopping in your car and driving to your next job. It takes planning, money, and the right personality fit to enjoy a travel assignment in Hawaii.

I’ve been a traveling therapist for 13 years to date and spent 7 of those years based in Hawaii. I’ve had the pleasure of working as a traveler, working permanently, and working PRN at multiple hospitals across Oahu and Hawaii Island (The Big Island). Hawaii will always hold a special place in my heart and I think it’s generally a “must-do” for most healthcare travelers. My favorite assignments were in Hawaii and I’ve met some incredible traveling friends there.

After years of working across multiple islands in Hawaii, I formulated the ultimate guide to help you on your journey to Hawaii.

  • How to Find Housing for Your Hawaii Travel Assignment
  • The Best Places to Be a Travel Nurse

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Know the Hawaiian History & Respect The Land

Anywhere you work and live as a healthcare traveler, you are a guest in somebody else’s community and land. As a healthcare provider, you provide needed services to the community with respect to the culture and norms of that community. This is of the utmost importance in Hawaii. Hawaii, the 50th state in the United States , was an independent sovereign nation until 1893 when the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarch happened by the United States and later annexed Hawaii as part of the U.S. in 1898. 

During the time that the United States was colonizing Hawaii, germs, and diseases were killing Native Hawaiians. The government was also oppressing the teaching of Hawaiian culture. 

As a haole (meaning foreigner to Hawaii), I don’t feel comfortable sharing the history and culture of Hawaii in depth. But I do feel comfortable sharing and warning all travelers who want to work there, that if you go to Hawaii, go with respect for the people and the land. Don’t feel entitled to expect things you may easily get on the mainland, even in the major hospitals. When you’re adventuring, leave the land and sea as you found it.

Determine Which Island You Want to Work On

There are 5 Hawaiian islands that staff travel nurses, therapists, and allied health professionals

  • Oahu (This is where Honolulu is)
  • Hawaii (also called The Big Island)

Each island has a unique vibe, community, and feeling. All of the islands have wonderful outdoor adventures. Hiking, surfing, snorkeling, diving, and waterfalls are abundant on all islands. 

You may want to take a travel nurse or therapy assignment on Oahu if:

  • You like the city life.
  • Walking, taking public transit, or biking to work is important to you.
  • You’re a night owl and want to go out to places after 9 p.m. (yes, the other islands can be pretty sleepy).
  • Being close to world-class shopping and stores is important.
  • You want to work in a trauma center – Queens Medical Center, on Oahu, is the only level 1 trauma center in Hawaii.

Consider an assignment on Kauai if:

  • You’re ready to take things very slowly and want a more rural vibe.
  • Rain doesn’t bother you.
  • You like working in critical access hospitals.

A travel nursing assignment on Molokai may be for you if:

  • You really want to be off of the grid – like really off the grid.
  • Critical access is your jam.
  • You’re okay taking a ferry to Maui to go to Costco and other major stores.

Consider a travel nursing or therapy assignment on Maui if:

  • You’re ready to pay premium housing prices.
  • You don’t want the city life, but you don’t want to be totally rural either.

You may like working on Hawaii (The Big Island) if:

  • You like a more rural feeling.
  • Having a community of travelers is important to you. Hilo Medical Center is almost always 50% staffed with travelers and they tend to form good communities there.
  • You want to see active volcanoes.

Pack Your Bags, But Don’t Overpack

When you go to Hawaii, chances are you will be flying there. This is going to greatly limit the amount of stuff that you bring with you. Do not fret and please, do not overpack. 

You do not need much stuff in Hawaii. It is an extremely minimalistic culture. And, it’s hot all year long, so you don’t need much more than shorts and tanks or tees to wear on your days off. 

At the most, pack 2 bags to bring with you as checked luggage. Houses and apartments in Hawaii are much smaller than what you’re probably used to, so even if you bring a lot of stuff, you may be disappointed that you don’t have any place to put it. There are tons of furnished rentals, so you’ll probably find that all of the home goods you need are already in your unit.

Don’t forget to pack:

  • A couple of pairs of scrubs and work shoes
  • Athleisure clothes – basically the uniform of Hawaii when you’re not working
  • Some sandals (called “slippers” in Hawaii)
  • Bathing suits
  • Your computer/tech gear

Should I Bring a Car to My Hawaii Travel Nursing or Therapy Job?

The simple answer to this is no, not for a 3-month assignment. If you know you’ll be there for 6 months or more, you may consider it. It’s very expensive to ship a car to Hawaii and fairly easy to rent a car while you are there. There are a lot of locals who rent cars to travel nurses and healthcare professionals. You can seek out recommendations for local car rentals from travel nursing Facebook forums or group chats like Travel Nurse Takeover or MedVenture.

You can also buy a used car or moped off of Facebook Marketplace and sell it when you leave. Used cars and mopeds tend to maintain their same value and don’t depreciate. So, you may buy a car for $3,000, put 500 miles on it, and then sell it for the same price (or even more!) when you leave.

If you want to ship a car, you can ship it directly through Mattson or Pasha, or indirectly through a broker who will put your car on a Mattson or Pasha boat. If you can drop your car off at one of the West Coast Mattson or Pasha ports, it’s cost-effective to book directly through the cargo boats. A one-way ticket from the West Coast to Hawaii is on average $1,000. I’ve seen fares for more or less depending on the time of year. If you need to have your car transported from another location to the port, then you may want to consider booking through a broker.

If you’re working on Oahu, you may not even need a car. Many of the hospitals in Honolulu are public transit-friendly. You can always rent a car or bum a ride from co-workers to explore on your days off. 

Can I Bring My Pet to Hawaii?

a dog standing on the beach in Hawaii

Hawaii is rabies-free. Thus, any animal that is coming to the state must also be certified rabies-free. This means that bringing your pet to Hawaii is more challenging than any other state. 

So yes, you can bring a pet. 

However, that pet must complete a series of rabies titers over a 3-month period prior to coming to Hawaii and have the proper paperwork to show that they are rabies-free. If they don’t have that, they have to live in a quarantine center by the airport for 3 months until they are deemed rabies-free. 

All of the information that you need to know about the pet quarantine is here on the Hawaii State website. If you want extra help with the quarantine and travel process, I recommend I sland Pet Movers . I used them to help me move my dog from Hawaii to the mainland and they were excellent. They will also book your pet’s travel. If you have an XXL dog, like me, your pet may have to fly on a private cargo flight. Pets up to a certain size can fly in the cargo hold of commercial liners.

In my opinion, if you’re coming to Hawaii for 3 months, I would leave your pet at home with a trusted loved one. Aside from the travel being difficult and involving flying in cargo, Hawaii really isn’t a pet-friendly state. It’s hard to find pet-friendly housing, hiking trails, and parks. If you’re going for longer, or a permanent move, then I think it’s worth the time to go through the rabies titers and move.

The Price of Paradise

Speaking of the size of apartments and cars, let’s talk about “The Price of Paradise” which is a common term you may hear while working on a Hawaii travel nursing or therapy assignment. 

Hawaii is expensive. Period.

You aren’t going to find great deals on housing, cars, or food because you’re a travel nurse or travel therapist.

Meanwhile, the hospitals don’t pay that well. 

Meaning, you are likely going to be making less and spending more than you would be if you were working a job anywhere else on the mainland.

Do not come to work a Hawaii travel nursing job if you are just interested in money. This is not the assignment for you. If anything, you may want to have a nest egg saved up so you can take more side trips and adventures while you are in Hawaii. Once you’re there, you’ll find that you want to do everything, and excursions can be expensive. We’re talking about snorkeling boats, SCUBA certifications, helicopter rides, night dives with the manta rays, etc. 

Taking a Hawaii travel nurse or therapy assignment should be to slow down, relax, and enjoy the island life, NOT to earn the big bucks or save money.

Get Ready To Slow Down

picture of Diamond Head and the beach in Waikiki, Hawaii

Things move slower in Hawaii, and it’s not something to get upset about. 

If you’re at a red light and the light turns green and the car in front of you doesn’t move, you’ll notice nobody honking at that car. There’s not a rush to get places or do things. It’s island time.

Be prepared for hiccups that may seem like an inconvenience to you, but are a part of slowing down. Maybe your license will take a long time to process from the state. Or, you’ll get accepted to an assignment but it will take a while to process your onboarding. 

Things move at a slower pace.

Embrace it, slow down, and live the aloha lifestyle.

Did you read this and decide Hawaii is an assignment for you? 

If yes, then read on! I have plenty of tips on Hawaii travel nursing and therapy assignments:

  • What to pack
  • How to find housing
  • How to find transportation

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  • The 35 Best Things To Do On Oahu
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I’m not a health care professional, but I still found lots of value in your post. I didn’t know about the aloha culture and the less is more approach to life. I remember visiting as a busy New Yorker and being frustrated at the slow pace. Haha! For me, Hawaii is a wondrous place to visit, but not somewhere where I’d live. Thanks for your tips!

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When people think of travel nursing, they often think of the exciting places it could take them , and Hawaii is often at the top of the list. After all, what could be better than travel nursing in Hawaii? You get to spend a few months exploring the island, you help people along the way, and you get paid for it. Kelly Kilcoyne, a NICU travel nurse, got to do just that on her first travel nursing assignment. Here’s what Kelly learned and some of the things she was able to experience while travel nursing in Hawaii .

Getting started in travel nursing

Waikiki shoreline

Kelly started her nursing career in Scranton, Pennsylvania. About two years in, she decided to give travel nursing a try. She originally wanted to get her feet wet by taking a local travel nursing job, but her recruiter, Sarah, encouraged her to give Hawaii a try.

It wasn’t long before she got a call at 11 p.m. from a Hawaii number. That phone call turned into an interview, which led to Kelly’s first travel nursing job in Oahu . She lived in Waikiki — a five-minute walk from the beach, where she could literally get her feet wet whenever she wanted.

Experiencing a new culture

The culture of Hawaii is quite different from the mainland United States. It’s known for being laid back and casual, and Kelly noticed this during her work there. For example, she wasn’t “Kelly” or “the nurse,” she was “Auntie Kelly.”

“Auntie is a term of respect and endearment, especially if you were taking care of little kids, so I was Auntie Kelly and all the nurses were Auntie or Uncle,” Kelly explains.

Travel nurse Kelly Kilcoyne on the beach in Hawaii

Hawaii’s related culture meant that Kelly grew close to the parents of the babies she took care of.

“It was a mix of personal and professional because some of those babies had been there so long,” Kelly says. “The parents know everybody by name. You know the parents and all the family members, and you know what time of day they like to come. You’re excited to tell them news like, ‘Oh, he took his first bottle today.’ It was always really nice.”

In the continental United States, we’re used to driving just about anywhere within a state, but because Hawaii is made up of islands that are, by definition, separated by water, parents often had to fly back and forth to visit their babies in the NICU.

Making new friends

One intimidating part of travel nursing can be the challenge of making friends while on assignment . Before her assignment, Kelly was worried she would feel like an outsider in a tight-knit community. However, Kelly found that there were other travel nurses in Hawaii, and she quickly made friends with the other travelers. It was nice to have a social group to hang out with when she was off shift. Kelly said she still talks to the friends she made in Hawaii even though it’s been more than two years.

Kelly was able to make friends outside of the travelers too. She got to know the staff and other nurses of the hospital very well. And one day, she just joined a group of strangers for a game of beach volleyball. It all goes back to that laid-back attitude of Hawaii. Hawaiians are known for being open and welcoming, so it’s a great place for travel nurses to go.

Exploring the Islands

Kelly and Oahu waterfall

Although the culture of travel nursing in Hawaii is great, that’s not usually the main reason people want to take a travel nursing job there. They want to lounge on white beaches, hike volcanoes, and chase waterfalls. Kelly had three months to do all of that and more when she wasn’t working.

When she had four days off, she flew to Maui and drove the beautiful-but-white-knuckle Road to Hana . She also snorkeled, where she got to see tropical fish, bright coral reefs, and sea turtles. On her shorter periods of time off from work, she explored Oahu. She hiked to see incredible waterfalls, watched surfers, or just lounged on the beach.

“Some of my favorite days were just unwinding because I could walk to the beach. I got myself a library card, rented a couple of books, and just brought a little chair to the beach and a little drink and snack and I’d just relax,” said Kelly. 

Kelly learned to appreciate Hawaii in its small moments as well. She talked about watching the sunset as she drove into work for the night shift. Then, at the end of her shift, if things were stressful, she could come home, change into her swimsuit, and then sit by the ocean to decompress. 

In any assignment, travel nurses should take full advantage of wherever their job is, but this is especially the case with Hawaii. Kelly recommends, “Just jump into it with both feet. Hawaii was so wonderful, and I did so many wonderful things. But for every awesome thing I did there was still five other things I could have done.”

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Travel Nursing in Hawaii

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Many people turn to travel nursing in Hawaii in search of relaxation and their own piece of paradise.  This string of islands is a coveted destination for both vacationers and a recent boom of travel nurses.  With its lush green mountains and numerous gorgeous beaches, there are many reasons people want to come here. But what should you expect when you head to the islands in search of work and a home?  Is island life all it’s cracked up to be? As I began my journey of Travel  Nursing 3 years ago, I had my eye on a Hawaii contract. I’ve had the privilege of calling Maui home for nearly a year. I’d like to share 5 key things to keep in mind if your travel career has you taking a tropical turn. 

Table of Contents

1. It’s more than money. But money is involved. 

It’s not very hard to goad nurses into travel nursing in Hawaii. Therefore from a business perspective of supply and demand, travel nursing in Hawaii doesn’t come with high paying contracts. At least not typically. I’m sure some specialties may be the exception. I have found that as I looked with many companies, numerous hospital contracts, and casual chatting with my travel nurse friends, that the average weekly take home to expect is around 1300-1500 USD weekly. This includes your stipend. Some things can change that total such as rental car, or company provided health insurance. But it’s just an estimated figure for you to keep in mind. 

The issue of expenses quickly comes into play. I was initially discouraged about travel nursing in Hawaii due to how many negative comments I received from the travel c ommunity warming of the horrors of “losing money by travel nursing in Hawaii.”  I have not lost money yet. And you won’t either if you play smart.  Average housing cost for a furnished, month-to-month place will cost at least $1000 and can range much higher if it’s a studio and not just a room in someone’s home. There are small guest houses on many properties called an “Ohana.” Those are often rented out for those travel nursing in Hawaii. Craigslist is a more reliable platform in Hawaii, although you should still remain cautious of scammers.

Transportation on the island is necessary. On Maui, they have a public bus, but it’s not like a large city. Not having a car will limit what you do in your free time. If your company does not provide a car, look for a cheaper deal with local car companies. They will be much cheaper than Enterprise or big-name companies; And much more flexible. The average rental car will cost you $450-500/ month. For people staying longer than one contract, shipping your car, or an on-island purchase is common. Message me if you need a recommendation on Maui car rentals! 

To live we must eat. And food costs are higher in Hawaii. I would say they are comparable to L.A. and Bay Area for those familiar with California’s costs of living. 

On Maui, Oahu, and Kauai, there is a Costco. Worth 100% of the membership if you do most of your shopping there. Also looking for produce at local farmers markets. If you are not careful, food costs will be where you overspend.  There are many great bars and restaurants in these vacation destinations. Set aside a budgeted amount of money and enjoy your time out. But once you’ve spent your limit, stick to eating at home. By meal planning and packing my own meals for lunches. I’ve managed to keep my food budget <$200/week.  

2. Pushing Papers: Hawaii license. 

Hawaii is not a compact state and therefore you must apply for a license prior to travel nursing in Hawaii.  I got my license over a year before I had my contract. I knew I wanted to be here and I wanted to be ready when the right contract came along. It is possible to obtain a temporary license by employer endorsement. Since I did not do that, I am unsure of all that entails but your recruiter and employer should know that process. Recently fingerprinting was added to the license by endorsement. 

It’s important to keep in mind that the Board of Nursing Office is located only in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. You will have to take a flight to Oahu if you need anything signed and you are working on another island. So save time and money, you should consider doing this on the initial trip out to the islands. A roundtrip flight island hopping is between $120-270 depending on the island.  Another issue to be aware of is the verification process can delay your licensing. For example, California takes 4-6 months to verify to Hawaii that you are in good standing with their board. This should not affect a temporary license but may be frustrating if you’re waiting for a permanent license. Be sure to include the cost of the license in your contract to negotiate your company to pay for as much of it as they are able. 

Also, pay attention to the expiration date of your certifications. Some of the classes are limited in Hawaii and you will have to fly to another island or the mainland to get re-certified. Be sure to include coverage of your certifications in your contract. I learned that the hard way!

Familiarize yourself with the process of licensing before you decide to look for contracts. Below is the link to the board of nursing. 3. Know Before you Go 

There are some things you should know before travel nursing in Hawaii to make you a good tourist and an even better caregiver.  I knew a bit of history about Hawaiian islands, but nothing in comparison to what I know now.  It’s important to recognize that although the islands are part of the United States, there are old wounds about how that took place. 

Especially with the older population, there was a time when their Hawaiian heritage was shamed. Hawaiians are proud of their history and they wanted to remain their own kingdom. The rest of the states are still referred to as “the mainland.” Read through this history so that you’re prepared to be culturally respectful. ( )  Hawaiian is both a race and its own language. Pidgin is a dialect of English that is like local slang.  Family is “Ohana” and is most important in Hawaiian culture. Most family homes are multigenerational. They are generally a people who have great respect for each other and for the land. 

A few of the many words you will learn: 

  • Aloha :hello, goodbye, love, way of life
  • Pau: finished, done
  • Pau Hana: done with work 
  • Grindz: food, eat
  • Da Kine: means just about anything, used to describe something. Or categorize it. 
  • She-she: urinate, pee, void, you get the picture. 
  • Puka: hole, gap

All Good Things are Wild and Free

I’ve given you lots of information. But it’s all to help you get here. And be ready to enjoy the magic these islands have to offer.  Most days are spent in the water, on the water, underwater and finding the best sunset spots.  Hawaii is known for its great surf, amazing diving spots, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  I’d encourage you to get scuba certified while you’re here. It’s a great investment that is worth a lifetime. I’ve already used my certification again internationally.  The hikes are amazing and include sweeping island views, waterfalls or both. 

Make friends on the islands with people who like to hike. Many hikes are not marked and best shown by someone who has been before. Stay smart and safe while hiking. Rainy conditions are known to leave hikers stranded or dead from flash floods.  Pick up a surfboard or stand up paddleboard. Travel nursing in Hawaii isn’t complete until you at least take a lesson. Rent or buy a snorkel. Once you pick up some skills and equipment. Enjoying the island is mostly free! 

Aloha will Change You 

As this article is almost pau, And so is my time on the islands, I am reminded that this place is special. It brought out some of the best and some of the worst in me. I was taught patience as I experienced “island time.”  I was taught respect as I learned the moods of the ocean which has humbled me on many occasions. I’ve watched the sun dance along the water rivaling the captivating hula dancers.  I’ve seen the sky dance along and paint colors that I don’t even know how to describe to you. The islands are wonderful.  But it’s the people that make it home. I have friends who are travelers and also friends who are locals. There is something about island life that creates a space where you must live authentically. And making friends is making family. I’ve seen myself become braver, stronger, more friendly, more loving, more forgiving, and more adventurous than I’ve ever thought possible. 

I have been changed by aloha. And I invite you to do the same. 

Click here if you want to read Florida’s Licensure Checklist

Travel Nursing in Hawaii Licensure Checklist

HAWAII RN BOARD OF NURSING 335 Merchant Street, Room 301 Honolulu, HI  96813 Phone (808) 586-3000


Requirements and application:

*Hawaii is not a walk-thru state * No transcripts required

 Temporary License: 3-5 business days (Good for 90 days)

 Permanent License: 15-20 business days

Looking to work in a place where you feel like you’re on vacation on your days off?  If the answer is yes, look no further and expand your horizons in the tranquil surroundings of Island life in the beautiful state of Hawaii.  Sometimes, the little things we overlook can be the most important.  This statement rings true when completing your Hawaii RN License application for licensure.  The Board will be looking to make sure these following key items are completed correctly before they process your file any further.  First, you want to make sure you answer all questions listed on your application.  If there is an item not applicable, please indicate N/A where appropriate. Next, please must submit your full Social Security Number on your application, not just the last 4 digits. Remember to complete all prior disciplinary action and conviction questions (yes or no questions on application).  Sign and date your application (you would be surprised how often this doesn’t happen-per the Board). As nurses, you know that nothing is considered valid unless properly signed and dated.  Incomplete applications will cause a delay in processing and will ultimately, hold up full licensure of your Hawaii RN License.

Fees :  Send appropriate amount made payable to Commerce & Consumer Affairs (checks must be in U.S. dollars and be from a U.S. financial institution).  The Hawaii Board will accept a personal check, money order, or cashier’s check. 

*If your license will be issued between JULY 1, ODD-Numbered years (2019, 2021) and

JUNE 30, EVEN-NUMBERED years (2020, 2022), the fee will be $234.00.

*If license will be issued between JULY 1, EVEN-Numbered years (2018, 2020, 2022) and

JUNE 30, ODD-NUMBERED years (2021, 2023), the fee will be $166.00.

Nursys – When completing your application, be sure to provide the date your License Verification was requested. If your state uses NURSYS to verify their licenses, please use their website:   and request a verification of your license. If your original state of licensure does not participate in Nursys, please complete the provided License Verification form on the website;

You will complete the top portion and your state will complete the bottom half.  Electronic verifications are not accepted at this time.  License Verifications are only valid for one year. If no Hawaii nurse application is received within that 1 year, a new verification of license will be required.

*Insider Licensing Tip* When mailing your License Verification form to your appropriate state to be completed, include a self-stamped/self-addressed envelope to the Hawaii Board of Nursing with tracking number information (this small step will ensure that your verification gets delivered to the Board and processed quickly).


This is a rather new requirement for the state of Hawaii. All new applicants for a Hawaii nurse license (LPN, RN, APRN or Prescriptive Authority) will be required to submit a full set of electronic fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining federal and state criminal history record checks.  Please visit Fieldprint Inc., at: to make an appointment, or to inquire about other available site locations in the Continental United States, you can call (877) 614-4361.

All fingerprint processing fees shall be paid directly to Fieldprint.  *Please Note: You must file your license application within thirty (30) days of your fingerprinting to ensure that the results can be obtained.  If the Hawaii RN Board of Nursing is unable to obtain the results, you will be required to submit to the fingerprinting process again.

*Insider Licensing Tip* Fieldprint code that you must enter online is FPHIBrdNursing (not case sensitive)

Temporary License: To obtain a temporary permit, the following items must be completed and submitted:

  • Completed Application for Licensure by Endorsement with a separate $50.00 fee.
  • A photocopy of a current U.S. nursing license indicating the expiration date of the license.
  • A completed original “Verification of Employment” form (NSG-05) which must first be signed by your employer in Hawaii . Letters of hire will not be accepted.
  • Proof of mailing the “Verification of License” form (NSG-03) OR NURSYS verification (receipt of certified mail, a copy of the cancelled check for the verification fee).

A temporary permit can only be issued once and is good for (90 days). You can practice nursing only if employed by employer indicated on the “Verification of Employment” form (NSG-04). Once your permit is issued, no other will be reissued in care of another employer.


Now that all your I’s are dotted and all your T’s are crossed, you can sit back and relax, knowing you’ve completed all the necessary requirements for your Endorsement for Hawaii licensure. Please allow some time for the Hawaii Board of Nursing to process your application before you call them to check on application status.

*Please note* Applications usually take a minimum of 15-20 days to process.  When the completed application is received, please allow the Hawaii RN Board of Nursing at least 7 business days for the receipt before checking your pending status online. Once your license has been issued, you will receive a “hard card” in the mail. You can also verify licensure by going to their License Search , on the following website: .

Happy Hawaiian travels… Travel nursing in Hawaii will bring you the Aloha way of life. Don’t miss out!

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Top Travel Nursing in Hawaii: Tips for An Island Assignment Success

Have you ever dreamt of combining your passion for nursing with the opportunity to live and work in paradise? Welcome to the world of travel nursing in Hawaii! In this blog post, we’ll share valuable travel nursing in Hawaii tips and insights to help you make the most of your island assignment while embracing the unique Hawaiian culture, overcoming island challenges, and enjoying the breathtaking natural wonders. Ready to embark on your journey to paradise? Let’s get started!

Key Takeaways

  • Master the Hawaii Nursing License Process and embrace Hawaiian culture to make your travel nursing adventure a success!
  • Overcome island challenges by researching cost of living & housing, building an island support network, and balancing work with exploring natural wonders.
  • Adapt to Island Time while savoring local cuisine & delights, navigating transportation options - then prepare for your next assignment!

Mastering the Hawaii Nursing License Process

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Securing a Hawaii nursing license should be your first step in initiating your dream travel nursing assignment in Hawaii. The application process might seem overwhelming, but it can also be exhilarating! Kickstart this journey by applying for a temporary license, specifically a Hawaii license by endorsement. Usually, the processing time for a nursing license in Hawaii is around four weeks, giving you ample time to arrange for your island escapade.

Keep in mind that even though Hawaii might provide high paying contracts, the charm of travel nursing in Hawaii lies more in the distinct island experience than in the remuneration. Embrace the opportunity to work and live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and you’ll find that the rewards far outweigh the pay and the challenges.

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Keep in mind, adhering to tips for a rewarding travel nurse assignment in Hawaii is fundamental for a seamless transition and an exceptional experience. Armed with a positive mindset and a strategic approach, you’ll be set to initiate your Hawaii travel nursing adventure!

Embracing Hawaiian Culture and Etiquette

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One of the most enriching aspects of travel nursing in Hawaii is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique Hawaiian culture and history. Understanding and respecting the local customs and traditions will help you show tremendous compassion, gain valuable perspective, and build strong positive relationships with patients and colleagues.

Hawaii’s culture is known for being laid-back and casual, which can be enjoyed by travel nurses who opt for rental cars to explore the islands during their time off. In Hawaiian culture, “Ohana” means family and is valued above almost everything else.

Embrace the Spirit of Aloha and make an effort to:

  • Connect with your patients, co-workers, and other nurses on a personal level
  • Enrich your professional experience
  • Create lasting friendships and memories during your time on the islands.

Maintaining cultural respect is also imperative while working as a travel nurse in Hawaii. For example, referring to older Hawaiians as “Auntie” is a term of respect and honor, especially when taking care of little kids during your travel assignment. By learning and practicing Hawaiian etiquette, you’ll demonstrate your genuine commitment to embracing the local culture and fostering positive relationships with patients, family members and colleagues.

Overcoming Island Challenges: Cost of Living and Housing

Cost of living in Hawaii

While the idea of residing and working in a paradise like Hawaii is undeniably appealing, it’s crucial to contemplate the obstacles that come with the island experience, such as the elevated cost of living and constrained housing options in Hawaii. However, with the right approach and mindset, you can overcome these challenges and make the most of your travel nursing assignment.

Hawaii offers remuneration for travel nurses that is above the national average, but it’s critical to consider the living cost and other expenses, including food costs, while selecting an assignment. To minimize your costs, consider these five tips:

  • Secure affordable housing
  • Create a budget and stick to it
  • Explore local food options to save on dining expenses
  • Use public transportation or carpool when possible
  • Prioritize free or low-cost leisure activities during your time off.

Finding affordable housing can be difficult due to limited options, but don’t let that deter you. With some research and determination, you can secure a comfortable living arrangement that fits within your budget, allowing you to fully enjoy your Hawaiian adventure.

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Building Your Island Support Network

Cultivating a robust island support network is fundamental for your success and overall well-being as a travel nurse in Hawaii. Connecting with other travel nurses and healthcare professionals will provide you with valuable resources, advice, and camaraderie during your island assignment. Get to know the hospital staff, attend local healthcare events, and participate in social activities such as beach volleyball to make new friends and strengthen your professional network.

Online communities and forums specifically for travel nurses are also excellent platforms for networking, sharing experiences, and seeking advice from fellow healthcare professionals. By actively engaging with other travelers and others in your field, you’ll expand your support network, gain invaluable insights, and forge lasting friendships that will enrich your time in Hawaii and beyond.

Balancing Work and Island Life

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As a travel nurse in Hawaii, it’s vital to strike a healthy balance between work and island life. While it’s crucial to prioritize your work responsibilities, don’t forget to take advantage of the many beautiful beaches, island lifestyle and outdoor activities Hawaii has to offer. After all, you’re in one of the most stunning places on Earth, so make sure to fully embrace the unique island experience.

During your time off, explore the beauty and diversity of the Hawaiian islands, including the Big Island, by trying new outdoor activities like snorkeling, surfing, and hiking. Discover hidden gems and breathtaking landscapes that will leave you in awe and create unforgettable memories. And don’t forget to enjoy the Spirit of Aloha by participating in local cultural events and engaging with the vibrant island community.

Stay organized and disciplined to ensure you can enjoy your free time without compromising your work performance. By striking the right balance between work and island life, you’ll make the most of your travel nursing assignment in Hawaii, creating a truly unforgettable experience.

Hawaii Boasts Some of the Nation's Top Hospitals

Hawaii is home to some of the best hospitals in the continental United States too, providing excellent healthcare services and offering fantastic opportunities for travel nurses. Notably, Kona Community Hospital, Hilo Medical Center, and Kohala Hospital stand out for their exceptional patient care, advanced medical facilities, and dedicated staff.

Kona Community Hospital is renowned for its comprehensive health services and its commitment to improving the health and wellness of the local community. Hilo Medical Center, the Big Island's leading full-service hospital, is recognized for its state-of-the-art medical technology and top-tier healthcare professionals. Kohala Hospital, though smaller, is praised for its personalized care and warm, community-focused approach.

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Travel agencies like Advantis Medical can help you secure assignments at these prestigious institutions, turning your dream of working in paradise into reality. Advantis Medical can expedite the interview process, ensuring you land your ideal location swiftly and smoothly.

Explore the opportunities waiting for you at these top Hawaiian hospitals and more by visiting our Hawaii job search page .

Exploring Hawaii's Natural Wonders

Exploring Hawaii's natural wonders

Hawaii is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, and as a travel nurse, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the most breathtaking landscapes and outdoor adventures the islands have to offer. From pristine beaches to lush rainforests and mesmerizing waterfalls, there’s no shortage of natural wonders to discover during your time off.

Get up close and personal with Hawaii’s marine life by snorkeling at popular spots like Electric Beach, Sans Souci Beach, Hanauma Bay, and Shark’s Cove. For those seeking a more challenging outdoor experience, tackle the moderately difficult Lanikai Pillbox Trail or the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail, both offering incredible ocean views and a rewarding sense of accomplishment.

And don’t forget to simply relax and soak in the beauty of Hawaii’s world-famous beaches. Whether you’re watching surfers ride the waves, swimming with sea turtles, or simply lounging on the warm sand, there’s no better place to unwind and recharge after a long day on the job.

‍Navigating Transportation and Rental Car Options

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While Hawaii does offer public transportation that is generally affordable, it might not always be the most dependable option, particularly for travelers with daily work commutes. Hence, it’s important to investigate different transportation alternatives and identify the one that best aligns with your needs and lifestyle.

Carpooling with co-workers and other travel nurses can be an excellent solution for reducing commuting costs and minimizing your carbon footprint. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your colleagues and make new friends on the island.

If you prefer the flexibility and independence of having your own vehicle, renting a car in Hawaii is a viable option. The average cost of renting a car ranges from $30 to $190 per day, depending on the type of car and location. Make sure to book through reputable websites like or Discount Hawaii Car Rental to secure the best deals and ensure a smooth rental experience.

Adapting to Island Time: Adjusting to a Slower Pace

Adapting to the laid-back tempo of island life, or ‘Island Time,’ might pose a challenge for travel nurses who are used to the frenetic pace of the mainland. Nevertheless, accepting this slower rhythm can result in a more pleasurable and gratifying travel nursing experience in Hawaii.

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It’s important to manage your expectations and understand that things may not always run on a strict schedule in Hawaii. Learn to adapt to the laid-back lifestyle, and you’ll soon discover the benefits of living in the moment and appreciating life’s simple pleasures. By adjusting to Island Time and immersing yourself in the local culture, you’ll create lasting memories and truly experience the Spirit of Aloha.

Savoring Hawaiian Cuisine and Local Delights

No travel nursing assignment in Hawaii would be complete without indulging in the delicious local cuisine! Immerse yourself in the flavors of the islands by trying popular local dishes like:

  • Chicken Long Rice
  • Lomi Salmon

For quick and affordable meals, check out some of Hawaii’s best food trucks:

  • Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck
  • The Munchie Machine Food Truck
  • Aloha Mamacita
  • Blondies Vegan
  • North Shore Tacos
  • Fumi’s Shrimp Truck in Kahuku

These mobile eateries offer mouth-watering dishes that showcase the diverse flavors of Hawaiian cuisine.

And let’s not forget about dessert! Treat yourself to the best shave ice in Hawaii at places like:

  • Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
  • Island Vintage Shave Ice
  • Matsumoto Shave Ice
  • Waialae Shave Ice & Bubble Tea

After all, you deserve a sweet reward for your hard work as a travel nurse in paradise!

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Preparing for Your Next Travel Nursing Assignment

As your travel nursing stint in Hawaii draws to a close, it’s appropriate to start pondering over your next adventure. Travel nursing agencies, such as Advantis Medical, offer remarkable benefits and opportunities, including comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage, along with 401(k) plans that commence from day one.

To apply for your next travel nursing assignment with Advantis Medical, connect with their 1-minute application to view all available assignments in Hawaii and apply with just a click of a button. With an extensive range flexible schedule of assignments to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your next island adventure.

Keep in mind, each travel nursing assignment provides an opportunity for both professional and personal growth. Welcome new challenges, venture into new destinations, and continue to forge enduring memories in the enticing realm of travel nursing assignments.

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As you prepare for your travel nursing adventure in Hawaii, consider the unique job opportunities we have in Honolulu. Advantis Medical is offering positions for nurses specializing in Long-Term Care/Skilled Nursing Facilities. Explore the vibrant city of Honolulu while providing critical care to those in need with our LTC/SNF nursing position in Honolulu, HI. Alternatively, if you're looking for a similar role in the same enchanting location, check out another great opportunity with our second LTC/SNF nursing job in Honolulu, HI. These assignments not only offer the chance to work in a rewarding healthcare setting but also allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture, explore the island's natural beauty, and experience the unique lifestyle that makes Hawaii so special. Join us at Advantis Medical and take the first step towards your dream travel nursing assignment in Hawaii!

In conclusion, travel nursing in Hawaii offers a unique and unforgettable experience that combines your passion for nursing with the opportunity to live and work in paradise. With the right mindset, preparation, and support network, you can overcome the challenges, embrace the island lifestyle, and create lasting memories. For more insights, check out our blog post 5 Things To Know About Travel Nursing in Hawaii . So, what are you waiting for? Aloha and welcome to your dream travel nursing assignment in Hawaii!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it worth it to travel nurse in hawaii.

Absolutely! While travel nursing in Hawaii does come with a higher cost of living and limited housing availability, many travelers say the unique experiences, beautiful scenery, and the opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich Hawaiian culture make it an adventure worth considering.

What are the earnings for travel nurses in Hawaii with Advantis Medical?

Travel Nurses in Hawaii with Advantis Medical can earn between $2,000 and $3,280 weekly. These wages are based on 34 active jobs with Advantis Medical. To learn more about these opportunities, visit our Hawaii Travel Nurse Jobs page.

Is Hawaii a good place to live for nurses?

Hawaii is a great place to live for nurses, with its high cost of living offset by the highest salaries in the nation!

What is the processing time for obtaining a nursing license in Hawaii?

You can expect to obtain a nursing license in Hawaii within 4 weeks - so start your application process now!

What are some popular Hawaiian dishes that travel nurses should try?

Experience the amazing flavors of Hawaii with traditional dishes like Kalua Pig, LauLau, Chicken Long Rice, Pipikaula, Lomi Salmon, Poi, and Poke!

Is travel nursing jobs in Hawaii a bad move

Travel nursing in Hawaii is often seen as a highly desirable opportunity, and whether it's a good or bad move largely depends on individual preferences and circumstances.

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  • Premium medical, dental, vision and life insurance beginning day one of your assignment.
  • Paid sick time. Aya provides paid sick leave in accordance with all applicable state, federal, and local laws. Aya's general sick leave policy is that employees accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. However, to the extent any provisions of the statement above conflict with any applicable paid sick leave laws, the applicable paid sick leave laws are controlling.
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  • Travel information is received the evening prior to your scheduled departure.
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Hawaii Nurse Licensing Guide

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Hawaii Nurse License Overview

Endorsement Application: $234.00 if the license will be issued between July 1 in an odd-numbered year and June 30 of an even-numbered year. $166.00 If the license will be issued between July 1 in an even-numbered year and June 30 in an odd-numbered year.

Temporary License: $50.00 

Fees are the same for RNs and LPNs. 

How long does it take to get a Hawaii Nursing License?

Permanent License

Approximately 45-60 business days upon receipt of all required materials

HI License Renewal

  • Renewal cadence : Licenses expire on June 30 of odd-numbered years, regardless of the date it was issued. This is why the licensure fee varies depending on if it was issued in an odd or even year. The renewal period begins 60 days prior to June 30. ‍
  • Renewal fee : $196.00 for RNs and LPNs. ‍
  • Required contact hours : Nurses are required to complete one learning activity from this list of approved courses. - Continuing education approved by another State Board of Nursing is not acceptable. - You may not complete a combination of more than 1 learning activity, (i.e. if you choose the continuing education learning activity, you must complete at least 30 hours of continuing education) and not 15 hours of continuing education and 15 hours of another learning activity - Only learning activities completed within the prior biennium will be accepted
  • If you are eligible for a license near the end of the second year of a two-year license period (within 3 months), you may elect to delay the issuance of your license until July 1, odd-numbered year, provided you do not intend to start practicing nursing until the next license period.

Important Things to Know about Hawaii Nurse Licenses

  • Check the status of your application here or call (808) 586-2695.
  • If you were previously fingerprinted by another board of nursing or employer, you still have to submit to the electronic fingerprinting for a Hawaii nurse license.
  • Hawaii also offers an emergency temporary permit in specific circumstances. Click here to learn about the process. The application for this is not through the Hawaii Board of Nursing but through the Hawaii healthcare entity. 
  • Click here for the Hawaii Board of Nursing’s FAQs. 
  • Hawaii currently has eNLC legislation pending. 

HI Licensure by Endorsement

  • Apply using this form and pay the fee. The process is similar for RNs and LPNs.
  • Provide a copy of your government issued photo ID including your date of birth.
  • Provide a copy of your signed social security card4
  • Provide a background check with fingerprints. Instructions for fingerprinting through Fieldprint can be found here.
  • ‍ ‍ Any application received after July 1, 2017 or license issued on or after July 1, 2017 are required to be fingerprinted.
  • To make a fingerprinting appointment, visit or call (877) 614-4361. You will be able to make an appointment in HI or in the continental US at a location near you.
  • The Fieldprint code that you must enter is FPHIBrdNursing. If you do not use this code, the BON will not be able to retrieve your report and you will have to go back to get fingerprinted and pay another fee.
  • You must file your license application within thirty (30) days of the fingerprinting to ensure that the results can be obtained.
  • If the BON is unable to obtain the results, you will be required to submit to the fingerprinting process again.
  • If you are licensed as an LPN or RN under the laws of another state, territory, or foreign country, you will be required to submit a self-query report from the National Practitioner Data Bank ("NPDB"). To obtain the report, go to the NPDB website and click on "Perform a Self-Query."
  • Request verification of licensure via Nursys from your original state of licensure. If this state does not participate in Nursys, you will need to contact that state's BON and request verification be sent to the Hawaii BON. 

Temporary Permit

To obtain a temporary permit, you must complete the application and submit the following:

  • Pay the separate fee of $50 for the temporary permit. 
  • Complete the application for the license. 
  • Submit verification of your current U.S. nursing license, along with the expiration date of the license. 
  • Submit proof of mailing the "Verification of License" form (NSG-03) OR NURSYS verification (receipt of certified mail, copy of the canceled check for the verification fee).
  • A completed original "Verification of Employment" form (NSG-05) must first be signed by your employer in Hawaii. Letters of hire will not be accepted. 
  • Only ONE temporary permit is allowed. Permittee is allowed to practice nursing only if employed by the employer indicated on the "Verification of Employment" form (NSG-04). Once the permit is issued, no other will be reissued in the care of another employer. 
  • Disciplinary action must be reviewed by the board prior to issuing a temporary license. 

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Nursing Requirements & Licensing in Hawaii

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Hawaii is a great place to become a nurse. Although it does not have a lot of different nursing schools, it does have great employment opportunities. Additionally, demand is incredibly high and likely to grow further. Let’s take a closer look at how you become a nurse in Hawaii.

Entry Level Practice Nursing

Stage 1 | decide on a program to complete and ensure you meet all the prerequisites.

It will generally take just one year to complete an LPN ( Licensed Practical Nurse ) program, and you usually won’t need to meet any prerequisites. However, if you want to become an RN (Registered Nurse), you will need to complete either a 2 year ADN (Associate’s Degree) or 4 year BSN (Bachelor’s Degree). These will usually want you to complete some undergraduate courses first.

Stage 2 | Learn About Patient Care and Other Essential Skills

If you have chosen an ADN or BSN degree program, you will then progress to more advanced courses. BSN students complete their two final years studying highly specific topics, as well as having to choose advanced elective specializations.

Stage 3 | After You Have Completed Your Degree Program, You Will Take an Nclex Examination

The NCLEX-PN is the exam to pass for LPNs and the NCLEX-RN is for RNs. Almost 90% of graduates pass their NCLEX examination in Hawaii, which is above the national average.

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Advanced Practice Nurses

To become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse ( APRN ), you will need to complete the following steps.

Stage 1 | Earn a Graduate Degree From an Accredited Program

It must culminate in a nursing science or clinical nursing degree. The accreditation agency must be recognized by the United States Department of Education . Furthermore, the Hawaii Board of Nursing must approve the curriculum. In order for it to be approved, the curriculum must include diagnosing, choosing, administering and prescribing therapeutic measures; advanced assessment; and advanced pharmacology.

APRNs in Hawaii can apply for prescriptive authority. However, this means that their graduate program must have included additional advanced pharmotherapeutics courses. Additionally, continuous education (CE) courses must be taken in advanced pharmacotherapeutics and advanced pharmacology biannually.

Stage 2 | Become Nationally Certified

There are four different types of APRNs recognized in Hawaii and you will not be recognized by the Board until you are nationally certified. This is done through independent national agencies, which have their own requirements in terms of allowing certification. The four types recognized in Hawaii are:

  • NP – Nurse Practitioner
  • CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife
  • NA – Nurse Anesthetist
  • CNS – Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Board of Nursing recognizes national certification from the following agencies:

  • The ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center), which recognizes Adult Nurse Practitioners, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP), Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner PNP) and the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
  • The AANP (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners) , which recognizes the Adult Nurse Practitioner and the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP.
  • The NCC (National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties) , which recognizes the Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) and the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP).
  • The PNCB (Pediatric Nursing Certification Board , which recognizes the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Acute Care and Primary Care.
  • The ONCC (Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation), which recognizes the Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS).
  • The AMCB (American Midwifery Certification Board) , which recognizes the certified nurse midwife (CNM).
  • The National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) , which recognizes the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Stage 3 | Become Recognized as an APRN in Hawaii

This requires you to show your social security number. Additionally, you must complete the Application for APRN Recognition , including all necessary documentation.

You can also become recognized as an APRN-RX, which is an advanced practice nurse with prescriptive authority. To achieve this, you must meet the educational prerequisites and complete the Application for APRN Prescriptive Authority (APRN-RX) . This does not allow you to prescribe controlled substances, however. For this, you will need to be licensed by the DEA, as well as complete the Application for APRN Prescriptive Authority for Controlled Substances .

Stage 4 | Renew Your Recognition

Both your APRN license and your RN license expire every two years on the 30th of June in an odd numbered year. Both licenses must be renewed separately. You can check on the status of your application online .

There are CE requirements for prescriptive authority as described previously. There are no CE requirements for APRNs without prescriptive authority. However, the national certification agency that you are registered with may have CE requirements that you must comply with these in order to keep your registration valid. You will receive a reminder from the Board when your license is up for renewal. You must then complete a Renewal Application for each of your licenses.

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DCCA has two of its divisions, RICO and OCP located in the:

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How To Become A Travel Nurse | 6 Requirements 2023 UPDATE

Written by Chaunie Brusie with expert review by Kathleen Gaines 

What Is a Travel Nurse?

Your immediate vision of travel nursing may be exploring exotic destinations, but that’s not necessarily true. Being a travel nurse simply means that you are employed by an independent nursing staffing agency instead of by a single hospital.

This means you could travel as far as a different country, or you could work at a hospital near you in need of temporary nurses. The choice is up to you on when and where you work, but travel nursing doesn’t necessarily mean faraway travel.

Looking for open travel nurse assignments? Speak with a recruiter today!

Travel Nurse Requirements

All travel nurses will have to meet several requirements before applying for contracts. These include licensure, degree, certifications, and experience.

Nursing License Requirements

Travel nurses are required to have an RN license in the state they are contracted. Now, if your permanent residence is one of the states that are currently part of the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC), then consider yourself lucky. You will not need an individual state license if you are contracted to work in another eNLC state. However, if your home base is not an eNLC state – you will be required to apply for an individual state license. This must be granted prior to the start of your contract.

Nursing Degree Requirements

Most travel nurses can expect to be required to have a BSN. The minimum requirement for travel nursing is an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). However, depending on the hospital or facility, a BSN may be preferred. For this reason, some travel nurse agencies will only work with nurses that have completed a BSN degree.

More specifically, most large healthcare systems will require a BSN, especially those with Magnet designation.

Magnet is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), and is awarded to individual hospitals that have been recognized for achieving the “gold standard” of nursing care. According to the ANCC and ANA, nurses that have earned a BSN have a higher level of skill and abilities.

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Nursing Certification Requirements

Certifications will depend on the unit and the specific job requirements. All nurses are required to have a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, and most will have either a Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS).

Travel nurses will be expected to have and maintain these certifications prior to signing on with a travel nurse company. Additionally, some travel nurse agencies will assist their nurses with certification and recertification. It’s important to speak with the nursing agency recruiter to determine eligibility. If the travel agency does not assist with recertification, some hospitals will allow travel nurses to attend in-hospital classes. The other viable option is through a certification agency.

Any other job-specific certifications will be discussed in the contract. Earning additional certifications will increase your job opportunities and earning potential. Specific specialty certifications such as CCRN or CWON are not required for most travel nursing positions. However, those certifications will move your application to the top of the pile. Especially, in the current, highly competitive travel nursing industry.

These are the three most common certifications for travel nurses:

CPN (Certified Pediatric Nurse)

Ccrn (certified critical care nurse), cen (certified emergency nurse).

See below for additional information about these certifications.

The Board of Certification of Emergency Nursing offers the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) for nurses specializing in emergency medicine. In comparison to other certifications, the CEN examination has fewer eligibility requirements. There are currently more than 34,000 Certified Emergency Nurses.

According to their website, to be eligible to sit for the CEN examination, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • An unencumbered nursing license in the United States
  • Two years of ER experience is recommended but not required

The exam is offered at computer testing sites throughout the country and the certification is valid for four years. The fee for the exam is $230.

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (ANCC) offers the Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) national certification. Three exams are offered:

All exams follow similar eligibility criteria and examination guidelines. The difference is in the exam material.

In order to sit for the examination, the individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Current, unencumbered U.S. RN or APRN license
  • Practice as an RN or APRN for 1,750 hours in direct care of acutely/critically ill adult patients during the previous two years, with 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application, or
  • Practice as an RN or APRN for at least five years with a minimum of 2,000 hours in direct care of acutely/critically ill adult patients, with 144 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application

The above is for those applying for adult certification. Individuals interested in pediatrics or neonatal certifications will need to have direct care time in those fields.

AACN members will pay $235 for the exam while non-members will pay $340. Recertification is done by either examination or CERPs and a nominal fee.

The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) offers the Certified Pediatric Nursing (CPN) certification. According to their website, more than 25,000 nurses currently hold a CPN certification. In order to apply, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Current, valid, unrestricted, and unencumbered Registered Nurse license
  • A minimum of 1800 hours of pediatric clinical experience completed within the past 24 months as an RN, or
  • A minimum of 5 years as an RN in pediatric nursing and 3,000 hours in pediatric nursing within the last 5 years with a minimum of 1000 hours within the past 24 months

The cost of the examination is $295 with a $100 non-refundable registration fee. In order to recertify, individuals must maintain 15 PNCB-approved contact hours.

How Long Does It Take To Become a Travel Nurse?

Years of experience.

Most travel nursing agencies will require a minimum of two years of relevant bedside experience. This is usually required because the hospital or healthcare facility will also want an experienced nurse.

Travel nurses get very few orientation shifts, so they must have the skills and knowledge to jump right into any assignment or situation. New nurses may not be able to do this. In fact, agencies will very specifically list the amount of experience needed prior to applying. Additionally, some hospital contracts will require other experience.

For example, while the travel agency may only require 2 years of ICU experience, a level 1 trauma center with a high acuity ICU might want a nurse with a minimum of 5 years.

Remember, if you do not meet the level of experience requirements, do not apply. Your application will not be considered. The more experience you have, the more desirable you are.

6 Steps to Becoming a Travel Nurse

The moment you’ve all been waiting for…how to become a travel nurse.

Travel nursing has become increasing popular since the pandemic when travel and COVID pay rates were making travel nursing highly desirable. But now that we are getting back to more traditional times, travel nursing is getting back to its basics with the desires being freedom, flexibility, and travel.

So how do you become a travel nurse? Becoming a travel nurse can be easy if you follow these six steps:

1. Earn your BSN and pass the NCLEX to become a Registered Nurse.

Though there are several paths to becoming a Registered Nurse, the one that will provide you with the greatest opportunity and the educational background to become a travel nurse is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). In fact, it is becoming the standard.

This four-year degree provides you with foundational knowledge in a wide variety of topics. BSN programs incorporate clinical rotations through the various care departments in hospitals and clinics, exposing you to a wide range of patients and colleagues to give you a well-rounded nursing education.

This test, called the NCLEX-RN, or National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Every state has its own requirements for licensure and process for exam registration, so make sure that you are familiar with the requirements as they apply to you and your locale.

2. Get at least two years of bedside experience

You will want to get a job in the specialty you are interested in. This is the experience you will need in order to gain a travel nursing position. Remember that you can only work as a travel nurse in the field in which you have experience. Once you have a position, it is possible that you may float within the hospital, but you will not be expected to work outside of your skill level.

3. Find a travel nursing agency and recruiter to work with

There are countless travel nursing agencies, and each one has dozens of recruiters. There are big and small companies, and each company has pros and cons. Most travel nurses work with several different agencies.

Why? Well, some healthcare companies have contracts with only one specific agency.

So, what does that mean? If you want to work at a specific hospital that only works with one agency then you will need to work with that particular agency.

While picking the right agency is important, picking the right travel nurse recruiter is even more important. Travel nurse recruiters act as liaisons between the travel nurse and the hospital. A great travel nurse recruiter will work hard to make sure you are paid your worth. They will be experienced and honest when working with you.

4. Get the proper state license and certifications

If you do not have an eNLC license or maintain residency in an eNLC state then you will need to plan ahead. Also, even if you do have an eNLC license but are interested in traveling to a state that is not part of the compact license, then you will need to plan ahead.

For example, Alaska and California are not part of the eNLC. California has been reported to take a very long time to gain licensure and is very specific in its requirements, so you’ll want to plan ahead if California is on your list of destinations.

Remember to plan ahead, and consider ahead of time where you wish to travel.

5. Pick an assignment and sign a contract

This can be one of the harder decisions because everything must be in your contract and is negotiated between the travel nurse recruiter and the hospital.

  • Weekend time
  • Shift requests

These all MUST be in the contract. If the information is not in the contract then the hospital does not have to honor it.

Picking an assignment location can be stressful. You have to determine whether you are traveling for money, location, experiences, or to be close to someone. For example, Hawaii pays travel nurses very well, but the cost of living is also very high. So, if you are interested in traveling for money, Hawaii may not be the best location.

6. Land housing and begin your adventure

There are several housing options available to travel nurses. First, all travel nurse agencies will offer either a stipend for housing or company-provided housing. If you take the stipend, then you will be responsible to find your own housing. The stipend may not be enough to cover your housing costs, and you will be responsible for the additional costs.

Travel nurses can find their own housing via Facebook, Airbnb, long-term stay hotels, or even Furnished Finders.

What are Travel Nurse Agencies Looking For?

Travel nurses are looking for nurses ready to take off on their next adventure! Contracts typically move pretty quickly, especially in popular locations such as California , Hawaii, and Alaska . While you can reach out to a recruiter if you are ready to take the next step toward travel nursing – know that most recruiters want to work with you once you are fully committed to submitting a contract offer.

Generally, travel nursing agencies are looking for nurses who meet the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum of two years of relevant bedside experience
  • BSN prepared
  • BLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications (as required for the position)
  • Ready for an adventure

Travel Nurse Salary

Everyone wants to know “ how much does a travel nurse make? ” And to be honest, travel nurse salaries can be confusing.

It’s important to figure out your weekly take-home pay, because it might be significantly smaller than what is advertised. Here’s how you can calculate your pay:

  • Start with your total weekly pay
  • Subtract the estimated weekly taxes from the weekly taxable wage
  • Add the remainder to the total weekly tax-free stipends
  • This will show you the weekly net pay for a contract

According to , the national average for travel nurses is $102,625 per year, or $49.00 per hour. Travel nurse pay, just like staff nurse pay, varies greatly by location and healthcare system. Nurses in California earn some of the highest wages in the country, and travel nurses are compensated equally.

The national average for travel nurses is $102,625 per year.

In more desirable locations, like Hawaii, the pay is often not as high.

Additionally, travel nurse pay will also include housing stipends and other miscellaneous things. That is not factored into the hourly wage. Therefore, when looking at travel nurse pay it’s important to look at all aspects of the contract.

Travel Nurse Taxes

Travel nursing recruitment often focuses on the benefits and perks, such as housing stipends or sign-on bonuses, but it’s also important not to overlook the tax implications that come with travel nursing.

In order to become a travel nurse, you will need to have what’s called a “ tax home ” in the eyes of the IRS. That simply means you have to prove that you have a full-time residence when you’re not working as a travel nurse.

If you don’t have a full-time residence that you maintain and pay for when you’re not working as a travel nurse, don’t worry — you can still work, but you will have a tax status as an itinerant worker, which means you have to pay taxes on all of your income, including any stipends or reimbursements.

For non-itinerant nurses who do have a tax home, your base wage pay is taxable income, while all “extras,” including meals, housing allotments, or travel reimbursement is non-taxable.

That means that you will save on paying taxes on that income, but it also means your adjusted income will not be as high in the eyes of say, a loan officer or for Social Security purposes. If you anticipate needing a loan soon or are approaching retirement, it may be more advantageous to you to have a higher taxable income reflected on your paycheck.

Read more in our Comprehensive Guide to Travel Nurse Taxes

How to Find Travel Nursing Jobs

To find a travel nursing job, a nurse must work with a travel nursing agency that will help secure their contract and negotiate with the hiring hospital or healthcare facility. It’s important to work with a recruiter and staffing agency that understands your needs and the contracts you’re interested in.

Working with a recruiter will also make sure that your contract has must have such as:

  • Specific days off
  • Vacation time
  • Sick time/pay
  • Cancellation policy
  • Desired shifts

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Maintaining Your Nursing License as a Travel Nurse

For nurses with a compact license, maintaining your license as a travel nurse is no different than meeting the requirements of the home state where you received your original license. Once you renew your home state license, your license for the new location is considered updated, too.

If you had to obtain an additional state license, however, you will have to renew your home state license (if you want to keep it, that is) and meet the requirements for license renewal in the state you are working in as well.

Certain states, such as Florida and Washington, also require all nurses to obtain Continued Education Units (CEUs) in the specific areas of pain management and HIV awareness, so you will need to make sure you fulfill the CEUs for your home state and/or work state as well.

All travel nurses are required to maintain an active RN license. Most continue to maintain all active licenses in case they want to work in the state again. Examples of continuing education requirements for RNs are as follows:

  • Arkansas – 15 contact hours every 2 years
  • Illinois – 20 contact hours every 2 years
  • Florida – 24 contact hours every 2 years
  • Iowa – 36 hours every 2 years
  • Pennsylvania – 30 contact hours every 2 years

Some states do not require CEUs to maintain an RN license. Examples include Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, and Maryland. Several states also require HIV/AIDS education such as New York , Minnesota, and Kentucky. It is important for nurses to check their state’s RN credentialing body for exact CEU requirements.

In general, while it’s also good to prepare yourself as much as possible, becoming a travel nurse can be a pretty straightforward process.

Once you’re a nurse with an active license, have at least one to two years of bedside experience under your belt, and are ready to take on the challenge of a new location and work environment, you can take on the adventure of being a travel nurse.

If you’re interested in becoming a travel nurse, you can take the next step by learning more about travel nursing here .

Tips for Your First Travel Nursing Assignment

Accepting your first travel nurse assignment can be scary and overwhelming, but also exciting!

It’s important to remember, travel assignments are short-term, and if the location, hospital, and situation are not a good fit, you can always try somewhere new for the next assignment. If the assignment is not a good fit, speak to your recruiter about possibilities for future assignments.

Here are the top tips for first-time travel nurses to make the transition a little easier:

  • Triple-check your contract
  • Embrace the unknown of this new adventure
  • Get organized
  • Make copies of ALL of your licenses and certifications
  • Open a checking and savings account at a national bank (ex. Wells Fargo, Chase, Bank of America, PNC)
  • Downsize your belongings, especially clothes and shoes
  • Join local Facebook groups for an easier transition to a new location
  • Don’t be afraid to take your first assignment closer to family and friends
  • Arrive at your new location ahead of the start date so you can get settled before your first day and orientation
  • Make friends with co-workers at your assignment
  • If you have a pet, prepare to take them with you by setting up dog walking services, doggie daycare options, and a new veterinary practice
  • Make sure your vaccinations and health screenings are up to date
  • If you own a home, prepare to rent or sell — depending on your situation
  • Don’t be afraid to explore on your own
  • Be patient with your coworkers and new work environment
  • Go in with an open mind!

Find travel nursing assignments by speaking with a recruiter today!

Benefits of Travel Nursing

There are many benefits to travel nursing, but at the top are

  • Getting to see and experience new parts of the country
  • Getting paid a higher wage

Travel nurses have the opportunity to garner top wages in some of the top hospitals in the country. Typically, the demand is so high for nurses in a specific location and/or unit, the contracted wage will be significantly higher than a full-time staff nurse.

Travel nurses also have other compensated benefits such as housing, meals, incidentals, and travel reimbursement. These additional stipends make the earned wage some of the highest for nurses.

Other benefits include:

  • Traveling the country
  • Building your skill set
  • Job security
  • Personal growth
  • Flexibility
  • Networking with healthcare professionals around the country
  • Opportunity to make new friends and experience new places
  • Minimizing exposure to hospital politics
  • Dependence on hospital to approve PTO

Travel nurse requirement FAQ

Starting a career as a travel nurse can be scary and overwhelming, especially leaving friends and family behind, but it can be a very rewarding and exciting career. There are six easy steps to becoming a travel nurse: 1. Become an RN 2. Get at least 2 years of experience under your belt 3. Find a travel nursing company to work with 4. Get all the proper state license and certifications 5. Pick an assignment and sign a contract 6. Find housing

It’s not hard to become a travel nurse because there currently is a nationwide nursing shortage. More and more nurses are leaving the bedside for other types of nursing jobs or to become travel nurses. Actually working as a travel nurse can take some adjustments, especially for those that have ever worked as a staff nurse. But it is a fun and exciting opportunity for many.

Travel nurses need to have a different set of skills than staff nurses. Why? Because they are constantly changing hospitals and always are the first to be floated to another unit. For that reason, travel nurses must be flexible and adaptable more than anything. They also should have a solid nursing foundation, critical thinking skills, strong communication skills, a love of travel and be personable.

Most travel nurse agencies do require the COVID-19 vaccine because the healthcare institutions they work with require it. In cases where there isn’t a requirement, travel nurse companies may still not want to work with you since it’s more difficult to place a non-vaccinated travel nurse.

The requirements vary from agency to agency and contract to contract. Generally speaking, you will need a minimum of two years of bedside nursing experience. Most will also require a BSN as well as certifications in CPR, PALS, ACLS, etc. The final requirement will be either a compact nursing license or an individual state license.

Nurses are not required to travel. Travel nursing is a unique aspect of nursing that allows individuals to take short contracts at different hospitals around the country.

To be a travel nurse, first and foremost you must be ready for an adventure! You will also need a minimum of two years of bedside experience. Now, not every travel agency or position will require this, but with minimal orientation to a unit, more experience is always better. You will also need a license in the state you are applying to (unless you have a compact nursing license). Most recruiters and agencies will assist with the paperwork in obtaining a new state license.

Of course! In fact, many travel nurses are accompanied by their families and pets. Travel nursing can be a family affair if you travel with a spouse who’s also a travel nurse or plan to bring your children . If you are traveling with pets – it’s important to make sure your housing accommodations allow for animals and that your schedule allows time to take care of a pet. At times and in certain locations it may be more difficult to find reasonable housing but with planning, it is possible.

Travel nurses generally can obtain health insurance and retirement benefits such as 401Ks through their travel nursing agency. However, it is important to note that not all agencies will offer benefits starting on day one of a contract, and others will terminate health benefits in-between contracts.

There are several differences between travel nurses and per diem nurses. The main difference is that, unlike per diem nurses, travel nursing hours are guaranteed. Generally speaking, they are not canceled and if they are, most are still paid their contracted rate. Per diem nurses are used on an as-needed basis and can be canceled whenever they are not needed and without pay. Travel nursing holds a lot of appeal for many people interested in the healthcare field because it offers perks like the chance to visit new places, competitive pay, and career flexibility. It’s also the perfect opportunity to gain valuable skills, get out of your comfort zone, and of course, make a difference in the lives of your patients.

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Want to practice as a nurse in the paradise that is Hawaii? Getting licensed in the Aloha State is easier than ones thinks. If you already hold an active RN license in another U.S. state or territory, Hawaii makes it simple through the nursing license endorsement process.

If you’re short on time, here’s the quick answer to getting your Hawaii nursing license: Meet the requirements like holding an active RN license in another state, graduate from an approved nursing program, pass the NCLEX exam, and apply to the Hawaii Board of Nursing for a license by endorsement .

Pay the fees and submit fingerprints for a background check if you haven’t already.

This comprehensive guide will walk you through all the steps and requirements to get your Hawaii nursing license through endorsement. We’ll cover everything from applying and submitting documents to paying licensing fees and understanding Hawaii’s licensing laws for nurses.

Hawaii’s Nursing License Requirements

Becoming a registered nurse in Hawaii opens the door to rewarding career opportunities. However, before you can begin practicing as an RN, you must obtain a Hawaii nursing license by meeting several key requirements.

Hold an Active RN License in Another U.S. State or Territory

To qualify for a Hawaii nursing license, you must hold a current, valid RN license in good standing issued by another state or U.S. territory. This prerequisite demonstrates that you have completed nursing education and testing requirements elsewhere.

Graduate From an Approved Nursing Program

In addition to an out-of-state RN license, you must have graduated from a board-approved registered nursing program. Most candidates complete either an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) to meet this qualification.

Programs are available at Hawaii colleges and universities.

Pass the NCLEX Exam

Before obtaining initial licensure in another state, candidates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). So by holding an active out-of-state RN license, Hawaii license applicants demonstrate they have already successfully passed this essential test.

Pass a Criminal Background Check

Those applying for Hawaii licensure must complete both state and federal criminal history record checks. Having a criminal record does not automatically disqualify candidates, but it may prompt further board review.

Meet Hawaii’s Licensing Standards

In addition to the major requirements above, candidates must comply with Hawaii’s licensing standards and application procedures. This includes paying required fees, providing identity/citizenship documentation, and potentially completing additional forms.

By meeting these key requirements, qualified RNs can obtain Hawaii nursing licensure through endorsement of an out-of-state license. Starting this process well in advance is essential for securing all needed documentation.

How to Apply for a Hawaii Nursing License

Submit your completed application.

The first step is to fill out the application for licensure by examination. You’ll need to create an online account on the Hawaii Board of Nursing’s website and submit the completed form along with the application fee.

Make sure all sections are filled out accurately and completely to avoid any delays.

Send in Official Transcripts

The Board requires official transcripts sent directly from your nursing school showing successful completion of an approved registered nurse program. Transcripts must have the registrar’s seal and signature.

Usually the school sends transcripts on your behalf, but double check to ensure they make it to the Hawaii State Board of Nursing office.

Provide Licensure Verification

If you hold or have ever held a nursing license in another state, you’ll need to request verification of that license be sent directly to Hawaii’s Board. Make this request through the state that issued your license.

Verification shows your license is active and in good standing, which Hawaii requires to issue your local license.

Complete Fingerprinting

As part of a criminal background check, Hawaii requires fingerprinting through an authorized agency. Schedule an appointment to get electronically fingerprinted according to the Board’s protocol. Results will be sent to the Board automatically. The $74.50 fee paid to the agency covers this service.

Pay Licensing Fees

Finally, you must pay the Hawaii RN license fee to complete the application process. This includes an application fee plus first license fee, totaling $480 . Fees are non-refundable so be sure your application is ready before paying. Acceptable payment methods are listed on the Board’s website .

Once all requirements are met, the Board will review your application and make a licensing decision typically within two weeks. Congrats future Hawaii nurse! With aloha spirit helping others 😊👍🎉, you’re almost ready to impact lives in this island paradise.

Understanding Hawaii’s Nursing License Laws

License renewal requirements in hawaii.

Nurses in Hawaii must renew their licenses every two years before the expiration date. To renew, nurses must complete one of the following continuing education requirements:

  • 30 contact hours of continuing education
  • Completion of a post-licensure certification program
  • Completion of a master’s degree or higher in nursing

Nurses must submit a renewal application and pay a fee of $60. Licenses expire on January 31st of odd-numbered years. Failing to renew before the deadline may result in additional late fees or having to reapply as a new applicant.

Continuing Education Requirements

As mentioned above, one renewal requirement option is to complete 30 contact hours of approved continuing education. This must be completed in the two-year period preceding the license renewal date. Some examples of qualifying continuing education include:

  • Completing academic courses related to nursing practice
  • Attending conferences, seminars, or workshops related to nursing
  • Completing employer-provided in-service training programs

Many continuing education opportunities are available locally through hospitals, professional associations, colleges, and other providers. There are also abundant online options. Keep documentation of all activities in case of an audit.

Hawaii’s Nurse Practice Act and Associated Laws

The Hawaii Nurse Practice Act is legislation that governs the licensing and practice of nursing in the state. It defines the scope of practice for different levels of nurses and establishes the Hawaii Board of Nursing to implement nursing regulations.

In addition to the Nurse Practice Act, nurses licensed in Hawaii must comply with other state legislation related to healthcare practice, such as:

  • Mandatory reporting laws regarding abuse and neglect
  • Laws regulating controlled substances and prescription medications
  • Health insurance portability and accountability regulations
  • Emergency medical treatment and labor laws

Licensed nurses have a duty to understand all laws and regulations applicable to nursing practice in Hawaii. This is essential for ensuring patient safety and avoiding disciplinary actions. The Hawaii Board of Nursing website publishes updates when any law or rule changes occur.

Frequently Asked Questions About Getting Licensed As a Nurse in Hawaii

Applying for a nursing license in Hawaii opens up abundant job opportunities in America’s island paradise. However, the licensing process can seem complicated for aspiring nurses. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions to guide you through getting licensed in Hawaii:

What are the basic requirements to apply for a Hawaii nursing license?

The key requirements are:

  • A nursing degree from an approved nursing program
  • Passing scores on the NCLEX-RN exam
  • Background check clearance
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or immigration status

How long does it take to get a Hawaii nursing license?

The licensing process takes 6-8 weeks on average. However, you can expedite it to 3-4 weeks by paying additional fees. The timeline includes application processing, background checks, and license printing/mailing.

Can I work as a nurse in Hawaii while my license is still pending?

Unfortunately, you cannot legally work as a nurse until the Hawaii Board of Nursing officially issues your license. However, most hospitals allow you to complete other pre-employment tasks while awaiting licensing.

Does Hawaii participate in nurse license compacts?

No, Hawaii currently does not participate in any nurse license compacts. So you will need to apply for licensure specifically in Hawaii to work there.

Can I apply for licensure in Hawaii if I’m licensed in another state?

Yes, Hawaii allows nurse license endorsements from other U.S. states and territories. Typically, you’ll still need to submit an application, fingerprints, and verify your credentials to get a Hawaii license.

We hope these FAQs have shed light on navigating Hawaii’s nursing licensure process. The island state presents amazing opportunities for nurses seeking adventurous careers in tropical locales. With the proper licenses in hand, you’ll be ready to launch your nursing dreams in paradise!

Getting licensed as a registered nurse in Hawaii is straightforward process if you already hold an active RN license in another state. Just meet Hawaii’s license requirements, submit your completed endorsement application with all necessary documents, pay the fees, and get fingerprinted for a background check.

Within a few weeks, you could receive an approved Hawaii nursing license and be ready to launch your nursing career in America’s island paradise!

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Jane draws inspiration from the tropical island lifestyle - outrigger canoeing at sunrise, beach picnics, hiking to hidden waterfalls. Her works immerse readers in the beauty and culture of Hawaii.

An avid surfer since childhood, Jane often wakes early to catch waves along the North Shore. She also enjoys practicing Hawaiian crafts like lei-making, lauhala weaving, and kapa cloth printing.

When not writing or adventuring outdoors, you can find Jane sipping mai tais at the local tiki bar, listening to ukulele music at the night market, or cooking up a big pot of stew at home.

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Travel Nursing in Hawaii: Tips for Making the Most of an Island Contract

by Trusted Nurse Staffing | Jan 23, 2023 | News

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You’ve been eyeing the job openings in Hawaii for quite some time now, and your most recent contract is quickly coming to an end.

Could this be your opportunity to explore the Aloha state and gain a new perspective on Hawaiian culture? 

While it is all very tempting, you want to make the right moves for your career and for yourself. And accepting a contract as a travel nurse in Hawaii isn’t a small move. 

We get it. And we’re here to help ensure that if you choose a travel nursing contract in Hawaii, you’ll be fully prepared for work and play with our top tips for making the most of your time on the islands. 

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Getting a travel nursing assignment in Hawaii isn’t difficult, as there is an ongoing need for nurses throughout the state. 

Now, if you’re asking if it’s hard to BE a travel nurse in Hawaii, the answer truly depends on your priorities.

If you’re looking for a travel nursing gig that offers high paying contracts, Hawaii offers above the national average in pay — but the cost of living is also exponentially higher. Additionally, if you’re opting to find housing on your own, it can be difficult to find due to the limited options. 

If you’re considering travel nursing in Hawaii for the island experience and quality of life, pack your bags; you’re in for a treat . Travel nursing is well worth it to many travel nurses as they enjoy the unique culture and beautiful location. 

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Hawaii is a vacation destination that almost every beach lover dreams of. Beaches, sunshine, and exploration galore — what’s not to love? But as a travel nurse, working in Hawaii, you have to decide if the challenges you may face are worth it. 

Some of the most common challenges travel nurses face in Hawaii include: 

  • Dealing with higher than average costs of living 
  • Adapting to culture differences and “island life”
  • Feelings of isolation
  • Lack of housing and transportation
  • Limited healthcare resources

These challenges don’t have to stop you from enjoying a travel nursing assignment in Hawaii. You just have to be prepared. Follow our tips for travel nursing in Hawaii, and you may find yourself packing your bags, enjoying your stay, and even requesting to extend your assignment. 

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#1: Prepare for Licensing Requirements in Advance

You’re in. You’ve already talked with your recruiter, and Hawaii is top of your list for travel nurse assignments.

One of the best things you can do to save yourself unnecessary stress when you arrive is to prepare for Hawaii’s licensing requirements in advance. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the licensing process before picking a contract. 

Hawaii isn’t a compact state, meaning you must apply for a license in the state BEFORE you can start practicing as a nurse. However, as a travel nurse in Hawaii, you can apply for licensure by endorsement . 

It’s important that you start this process as soon as possible because Hawaii works on what many call “island time.” Verifying — and getting — your licenses with Hawaii’s Board of Nursing can be a slow and tedious process.

Before leaving for Hawaii, remember to check the expiration dates on your certifications. 

Re-certification classes may be limited in the area of Hawaii you’re working in. You may be required to fly to another island, even the mainland, to get recertified. Finish any re-certifications that you can prior to leaving for the islands. 

#2: Understand (and Respect) Hawaiian Culture and History

Although part of the United States, Hawaiians didn’t necessarily want it to be this way. The state actually wanted to remain its own kingdom , which left a lot of Hawaiians, especially older Hawaiians, with many unhealed wounds. 

Taking time to learn about Hawaii’s history before you arrive can help you show compassion and gain perspective. 

Hawaiians are very proud of their heritage, so it’s crucial that as a nurse, you … 

  • Understand the history
  • Respect their culture; and
  • Take time to learn the language 

… of Hawaiian natives. 

In Hawaiian culture, for example, family is “ Ohana ” and is valued above almost everything. It’s common for patients to have family members stay with them during their hospital stay.

Most Hawaiian households are multigenerational, and elders are only placed in long-term care facilities if they cannot be cared for at home. 

As a nurse, one of the best things you can do is learn about your patient and their family and be accepting of family involvement in the care you provide. 

It’s also important to remember that communicating in Hawaii is much different than on the mainland. 

In Hawaii … 

  • Speaking loudly
  • Using exaggerated body language; and 
  • “Talking with your hands” 

… is often considered rude, aggressive, or even disrespectful. 

Hawaiians generally appreciate softer, more relaxed voices and keeping a fairly calm demeanor. Taking the time to learn basic Hawaiian terms can be helpful when gaining the respect of co-workers and patients. 

#3: Be Ready for “Island Life”

Life in Hawaii is much different than in the rest of the United States, with a much more relaxed, laid back way of living . 

Although it sounds wonderful during a vacation, it can be difficult for “mainlanders” as they adjust to living and working in Hawaii. 

Slowing down and truly living in the moment is something that islanders take seriously. 

There’s no rushing work or cutting time with a friend short because of a busy schedule. While on assignment in Hawaii, you’ll learn to prioritize differently — which can initially make adjusting difficult for nurses who are used to living and working in a fast-paced environment. 

Another drawback to living in Hawaii is that activities, like museums, concerts, and sporting events don’t occur nearly as often as in mainland cities. 

But that’s what makes Hawaii so special. Island life is about embracing the Spirit of Aloha and the land and people of Hawaii. 

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#4: Go for the Experience, Not the Paycheck

If you’re looking for a travel nursing contract that will make you lots of money and create a nice cushion in your bank account, Hawaii may not be the place for you. 

Hawaii isn’t a destination travel nurses choose for high paychecks; they do it for the life-changing experience.

Although we didn’t put this as our number one, it is one of our top travel nursing in Hawaii tips:  

If you sign a travel nursing contract in Hawaii, do all that you can to truly live while you’re there. 

Don’t leave Hawaii before you:

  • Experience the volcanoes and beaches . 
  • Learn traditional Hawaiian dances. 
  • Taste the unique foods. 
  • Go on the hikes that lead to views that will leave you awestruck. 

#5: Accept That Your Cost of Living Will Likely Be More Than You’re Accustomed To

Hawaii’s cost of living is much higher than the national average. Honolulu’s, for example, is 95% higher than the national average . 

As isolated islands, Hawaii must have goods imported, increasing the prices of goods and services. 

But those aren’t the only costs you’ll see rise. Housing , transportation, entertainment, and food costs are higher than on the mainland.

If you are a travel nurse serious about taking an assignment in Hawaii, consider these five tips to minimize your costs: 

  • Rent a room rather than an entire living space.
  • Rent a vehicle from a local establishment rather than a chain rental company.
  • If you plan to stay for multiple contracts, consider purchasing an affordable used car that will get you from point a to point b. 
  • Use websites like Groupon to find discounts on “tourist” activities and excursions on your time off. 
  • Check with your agency about any compensation or housing allowance that may be provided while working in Hawaii. 

#6: Make Connections With Other Travelers Before You Go

Taking on a travel nursing assignment in Hawaii can be overwhelming if you start your adventure with little travel experience. 

To make yourself more comfortable and gain as much knowledge as possible about the island you’ll be working on, try connecting with other travel nurses before getting to Hawaii. 

You can make connections in various ways, like: 

  • Connecting with travel nurses from your agency who are already in Hawaii
  • Joining travel nursing groups on social media platforms like LinkedIn or Facebook to connect with other nurses who have been, or are currently, on assignment in Hawaii
  • Reaching out to the hospital you’ll be working with and ask if they can connect you with other travel nurses who are currently, or will be, working on assignment in the area you’re assigned to 

By connecting with other travel nurses, you can learn about the best places to work, housing options, and more about Hawaii’s “must-do” experiences. 

#7: Look for a Contract That Covers Housing, Flight, and Transportation

The travel agency you work for can make all the difference in your experience as a travel nurse in Hawaii — or any other state . 

When deciding on an agency to work for, don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn what different agencies offer. 

Find out what …

  • Travel; and 
  • Transportation 

… stipends are available to you. 

At Trusted Nurse Staffing, we offer comprehensive benefits packages to ensure our team of travel nurses has the time and resources to do what they’re passionate about on their own terms. 

Aside from offering housing, travel, and meal stipends, Trusted Nurse Staffing provides:  

  • Sign-on bonuses
  • High pay rates
  • Flexible contracts
  • Full and part-time work
  • Referral and completion bonuses
  • Dental, health, and vision benefits
  • 24/7 access to your recruiter

#8: Understand That You Will Need To Prove Yourself

While common in most healthcare settings, it is especially true in Hawaii: 

Travel nurses generally have to prove they’re committed to the job and aren’t looking for a 13-week-long paid vacation. 

Although it is easy to get caught up in the state’s beauty and want to take as much time off as possible to enjoy the state, always put work first. Play second.  

Prove your commitment to the job, and the team, by:

  • Showing up on time for every shift
  • Keeping a flexible schedule; and
  • Providing a helpful hand to co-workers whenever possible

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#9: Know That You May Feel Isolated at Times

One of the biggest hurdles many travelers have when starting life on the islands is the isolation. You might be thinking, “Living on a beautiful island, surrounded by new experiences — how could anyone feel isolated?”

But it happens to the best of us. 

Especially those who are:

  • Newer to the world of travel nursing
  • Introverted by nature

Without close family or friends nearby, it can be easy to feel alone. 

Fight feelings of isolation by: 

  • Maintaining a positive mindset
  • Filling your downtime with new activities and experiences 
  • Embracing the way that Hawaiians prioritize spending time with others in the community

#10: Put in the Effort To Make New Friends

Making new friends while on assignment can be intimidating — but it’s well worth it to put in the effort. 

Get to know the other nurses and healthcare staff that work your shift or connect with other travel nurses in the area. Connecting with like-minded individuals can remove some of the intimidation you’re feeling. 

Worried you’ll feel like an outsider in the community? Don’t overthink it. 

Hawaiians are known for their welcoming and open spirits. Don’t be afraid to get out and connect with others throughout your community. 

#11: Explore Whenever and Wherever You Can

We briefly mentioned the importance of taking travel nursing assignments in Hawaii for the experience, not the paycheck, and we mean it. 

While in Hawaii, use your time off to explore whenever possible. 

While there are eight major islands of Hawaii, only six major are accessible to visitors and offer their unique views and experiences: 

  • Hawaii : The “Big Island” is home to the Kilauea volcano, allowing tourists to see active lava and unique volcanic landscapes. 
  • Maui : For snorkeling, surfing, and hiking, Maui is the place to be. Enjoy beautiful beaches and scenic drives.
  • Oahu : Home to Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, and the Polynesian Cultural Center, Oahu is the most visited island of the Hawaiian islands.
  • Kauai : Known as the “Garden Island,” Kauai is ideal for nature lovers looking for laid-back adventures. Kauai is home to Waimea Canyon , also known as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” 
  • Lanai : As a privately owned, secluded island with its own luxury resort, it’s the perfect spot for solo — or group — adventures. Experience the rugged scenery, snorkel, ride horseback, or spend the day relaxing at the resort. 
  • Molokai : The majority of the population here in Molokai are Hawaiian natives, and it’s considered the most authentic Hawaiian island. You can hike the world’s highest sea cliffs or explore the Coconut Grove .

If visiting each island interests you, check various airlines and travel options — as island hopping can be reasonably priced and well worth the adventure. 

Living in Hawaii is something you’ve always dreamed of, and Trusted Nurse Staffing wants to help make your dreams a reality — both in your career and personal life. 

We understand that although a dream location, transitioning to island life can be challenging in more ways than one, which is why we’re here for you every step of the way. 

When looking with a travel nursing agency, you want to find one that … 

  • Provides housing options
  • Helps you find the right contract for you
  • Offers support 24/7
  • Introduces you to their network of travel nurses

… and puts your needs at the top of their priority list. Trusted Nurse Staffing is that agency. We believe in supporting your passions, in and away from work. 

When you’re ready to start your journey travel nursing in the Aloha state, we’re ready to help. 

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