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    [color=#330000]prmenrs our nicu goddess and myself are now co-moderating

    this philly area natives specialty is respiratory nursing since 1977 and home care since 1985. allnurses addict since 2000. i happily wave to you across the ocean....
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  3. Visit  NRSKarenRN profile page

    About NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

    NRSKarenRN has '35+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Home Care, VentsTelemetry, Home infusion'. From 'RN Spirit from Philly Burb'; Joined Oct '00; Posts: 26,661; Likes: 12,569.

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  4. Visit  backbone profile page
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    Hi, I am Uropian nurse who has been working for 7 years in Canada.Total experience in EMER,Home care,MED/SURG is 20 yrs. Now,I want to work in Honolulu.
  5. Visit  Slobgob profile page
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    I'm a new nurse working in Honolulu at Straub hospital.

    I can't over-state how much I'm lovin life right now... =)
  6. Visit  dzylzyRN profile page
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    Quote from Slobgob
    I'm a new nurse working in Honolulu at Straub hospital.

    I can't over-state how much I'm lovin life right now... =)

    Can u tell me more about Straub?
    Are they using computerized charting and what kind?
    Nusrse to pt ratio?
    Do they have flexible sched?
  7. Visit  Slobgob profile page
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    "Can u tell me more about Straub?
    Are they using computerized charting and what kind?
    Nusrse to pt ratio?
    Do they have flexible sched?"

    Sure... although I warn you, I haven't been there long.

    Straub Hospital is mod-sized... maybe 150-160 beds. It specializes in Open Heart Surgery, and some other things... I don't remember their spiel...

    Its got an ER/ICU, of course... but its not a Trauma Center (Queens is 1/2 mile away) and I find we get super friendly patients who cooperate with everything I'm throwing at them.

    HPH is the parent company... it also owns Kapiolani Womens/Children, and three other hospitals...

    All of the other hospitals have computer charting, Straub is the last to convert with an expected date of Spring '07 I believe. We have labs/H&Ps/etc on computer, but not the charting yet. Frankly, even though I'm a tech-savy youngster (okay, not that young)... I've grown to despise comp charting and will take our flow charts anyday.

    I work on the tele/step-down unit, so i'm not sure about nurse/pt ratio on M/S floors. For us our max ratio is 4:1 and its never broken...

    As for flex-schedule... if you mean a system where you can readily change your days on a bi-weekly basis... then, no I don't believe they have that. My days are pretty set, but of course I can work with my floor-manager to get certain days changed or swap with other nurses. Its never been a concern. I only work 3-12s and really don't have a social/family life... so I don't care what days I work.

    We get 200 PTO hours a year, and the pay is identical to union pay at Queens... as long as you've been a nurse for over 2 years (in the last 5 years) you get the max pay... You can find that pay scale here:
    http://www.queens.org/jobs/rnsalary.html

    These are the nitty gritty, but none of it really comes to mind when I recommend my hospital. Its the perfect size to get a wide range of patients... but small enough to know everyone. And, as far as I can tell, everyone is great. Nurses who like Aides who like MDs who like Nurses... Okay, that sounds wierd, but its true. You get a real team feeling on my floor, the patients get great care, and there's not a day I regret clocking-in.

    I heard a while back that we have a strong nurse retention rate... those are published numbers, or atleast you can ask for them. I believe that's probably the most objective figure you can find in evaluating a hospital.

    Hope that helps... atleast a wee bit. =)
  8. Visit  BoredLPN profile page
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    I'm new gald I found this forum. Where's the local nurses at??
  9. Visit  HeatherDL profile page
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    Hey I am a Canadian RN with 4 yrs experience in pediatrics emerg. Working on getting a job in Hawaii very SOON:spin:

    cheers HeatherDL
  10. Visit  sr nurse profile page
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    Hi,
    I just graduated in June in CA when I was "uprooted" due to my husband's job and planted in Paradise. Any advice for a new grad looking for RN jobs on Oahu?
  11. Visit  Slobgob profile page
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    I have an identical story... new grad in CA, fiance changed jobs to Oahu...

    You've got a bunch of options... Queens, Kaiser, Kuakini, Kapiolani, St Francis, Castle, Struab, Tripler, Kahi Mohalo...

    However, I would apply to ALL of them since you might have a hard time finding a new job right away... Oahu has 2-3 large nursing schools that put out a good number of new grads. I tried to get a new job at the end of the summer, and it was tough.

    Last I checked, Castle and Tripler won't take new grads. Kaiser will take you, but they are flooded and you might only get a call-in position. Figure out where all these hospitals are (most are in Honolulu) compared to where you live... But please, apply at ALL of them... go to every interview you can get...

    And lower your expectations... there's a good chance you'll be doing some M/S time... and maybe even floating between units...

    It should all work out for ya... just giving you a heads-up. Its a little tougher around here than in California where we can get any job/unit we want...

    Good luck! And if you have any questions... =)
  12. Visit  sr nurse profile page
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    Thanks for the info. Yes, August was not a good month to search for a job. Hubby must have felt bad about transplanting me (and giving up a sweet position in a Peds unit) because he took all the pressure off me by simply saying, "Take a break, you've been in nursing school for two years."

    But now I'm back at the job hunting. So, questions...how long did it take you to get hired? And, if you don't mind, where do you work and how do you like it?
  13. Visit  Slobgob profile page
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    It took me one solid month from filling out applications, till my start date...

    of course.. your experience will vary... perhaps substantially for better or worse...

    i currently work at Straub hospital in honolulu and absolutely love it... spectacular place, from my point of view... and the patients are all happy with our care...

    if you have any more questions... perhaps I can help you better through e-mail... but i'm not sure how much help i'd be....

    slobgob@yahoo.com
  14. Visit  malamarn06 profile page
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    In hawaii we are literally on hawaiian time.... simply said it takes a long time to get through the system.
    Queens ... watch out this one takes the longest
    Straub ... be ware of HPH.
    avoid Pali momi especially if you are a new grad or newer from the mainland.
  15. Visit  WindwardOahuRN profile page
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    Quote from malamarn06
    In hawaii we are literally on hawaiian time.... simply said it takes a long time to get through the system.
    Queens ... watch out this one takes the longest
    Straub ... be ware of HPH.
    avoid Pali momi especially if you are a new grad or newer from the mainland.
    I guess the experience is individual.

    I mailed in an application to Queens, got called four days later, and was asked to start the following week.


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