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5 Things to Know about Travel Nursing in Hawaii  

Author:
Rayne Winters
Published:
November 15, 2021

Hawaii is a string of islands and a desirable locale for vacationers and, recently, travel nurses. There are so many reasons people want to come here. Many are turning to travel nursing in Hawaii to relax and have a piece of paradise. However, what should you expect when you head off to the islands searching for a travel nursing position? We will explain 5 things you should know about travel nursing jobs in Honolulu, Hawaii below.  

1. It’s Not Just About the Money - But the Money Does Help

The truth is, it's not that hard to convince travel nurses to come to Hawaii. Therefore, the travel nursing compensation in Hawaii isn’t as high as some other areas. However, there may be some exceptions for certain specialties. So, how much do travel nurses make in Hawaii?  

You can expect your weekly take-home to be between $1,300 to $1,500, including a stipend. Of course, some other items can be factored in to change that amount, but that is a rough estimate.  

2. Hawaii License  

You will need to apply for a license before going to Hawaii as a travel nurse because they are not a compact state. If you don’t get one early, it’s possible to speak with your employer about getting a temporary license, but it’s always best if you go ahead and get the application process started before you pick up a contract.  

Checklist for documented needed for obtaining a Hawaii license.

3. Hawaii Culture and History

To be the best possible caregiver in Hawaii, there are some things that you need to be aware of. First, though the islands are part of the US, there are some old wounds around how that happened.  

At one time, Hawaiian heritage was shameful. They wanted to remain their kingdom and still refer to the rest of the states as "the mainland." Older Hawaiians are proud of their history. Therefore, you must learn to be culturally respectful.  

4. All Good Things are Wild/Free  

Hawaii is known for some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Therefore, you should enjoy them while you are in Hawaii. Watch the sunrises and sunsets. Consider getting scuba certified while on the island.  

Make friends with people who enjoy the outdoors and love to hike. Most of the trails are not marked, and it's best to be with someone that knows them. Your travel nursing experience is not complete unless you experience all the islands have to offer. Most of the activities are free.  

5. Aloha is Life-Changing  

Hawaii is a special place. You will learn a lot about yourself while you are working on the island. You will learn patience as you experience life on “island time.” You’ll learn to respect nature.  

The islands are a fantastic place, but it's the people who make it home. You don't just make friends in Hawaii; you make a family. Aloha will change you. It changes everyone.  

Looking for a Travel Nurse Assignment in Hawaii?

Travel nursing in Hawaii is an amazing experience. However, it's a bit competitive - it seems that everyone wants to experience working and living on the islands. Before you head out to the islands, be sure to check out the top travel nursing locations in Hawaii.  

Additionally, if Hawaii isn’t the place for you, we have a list of the best travel nurse destinations here.

As such, it doesn't pay as much as some other contracts do, but it's worth it because you get all kinds of other benefits. Advantis Medical has many open positions (over 300 as of August 2021) for Med Surg nurses, ICU nurses, Telemetry, and more.  

Apply to AdvantisConnect with the 1-minute application to view all travel nursing assignments in Hawaii and apply with the click of a button.

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