Hawaii is nearly the smallest state in the union, ranking 43rd place for geographic size, and 40th for population, with only 1,374,810 residents, but the state still has its own nursing board and licensure requirements for registered nurses (RNs). Online nursing education may be a desirable option for nursing students from Hawaii, as it will allow them to complete nursing courses without moving to the mainland or being limited to the campuses available in the state.
Hawaii’s Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs offers nurse licensing services for the following types of nurses:
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), including Nurse Practitioners
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with Prescriptive Authority (APRN-Rx)
Nursing Licensure in Hawaii
Becoming licensed as a nurse in Hawaii has most of the same requirements as put forth by other state nursing boards. The most important requirements to meet are proof of education and acceptable scores on the licensure examination. Applying for licensure as a nurse practitioner in Hawaii involves the following steps:
- Complete the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN), administered by the National Council of state boards of nursing (NCSBN).
- Submit all required paperwork, including transcripts from nursing college or training program and any previous licenses you have held.
- Submit to a criminal background check.
- Renew your license every two years using the application instructions available on the Hawaii state nursing board’s web page. Applications for renewal are due at the end of May on every odd-numbered year.
- Fulfill continuing education requirements every two years, and submit proof of this along with your renewal application.
Average Nursing Salaries in Hawaii
All salary data is as of May 2011.
There are tens of thousands of nurses employed in Hawaii, and by far the best paid of them work in Honolulu. The mean annual salary for an RN in Honolulu is $86,520, which is $20,000 more than the national mean, and well above the salary of RNs working in Maui, Kauai, or other nonmetropolitan areas of the state.
The table below compares the mean annual salaries for RNs in Honolulu against those in the other metropolitan areas of Hawaii, and against the state as a whole.All data has been provided by The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
|Area||Registered Nurses||Average Salary|
|Hawaii/Maui/Kauai nonmetropolitan area||2,310||$75,130|