Any military nurses/spouses on here? - page 3

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I'm moving to Oahu for the 1st time on May 1st with my husband who will be stationed at Camp Smith. My mother grew up in Hawaii but I have never been. I'm hoping to connect with other nurses/spouses who might be able to tell me... Read More


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    Aloha,
    My husband and I justed moved here about a month ago. He is army stationed at Hickam. I'm in the process of getting my Hawaii license and i am begining my job search. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I currently have 2 yrs of experience on a lung transplant, Cystic Fibrosis, medsurg floor. I am also interested in makeing new friends as well being that I really don't know anyone here.
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    Quote from vrgp79
    Aloha,
    My husband and I justed moved here about a month ago. He is army stationed at Hickam. I'm in the process of getting my Hawaii license and i am begining my job search. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I currently have 2 yrs of experience on a lung transplant, Cystic Fibrosis, medsurg floor. I am also interested in makeing new friends as well being that I really don't know anyone here.
    Hello there. Welcome to Hawaii. I think you after you get your Hawaii RN license you should not have a problem finding a job because you are an experienced nurse. It is hard to find jobs for new grad RN here. Because your husband is station in Hickam it may be ideal for you to get a job at the Tripler Army Medical Center. Only thing is long application and hiring process. I submitted my resume via USAjobs.gov in March 2009. Interviewed in May 2009. Accepted the job in June 2009. I am still waiting for the paperwork to process. I have no started date yet.

    Other places in your area to work in the hospital as a RN would be Kaiser Permanente Medical center Moanalua. I work there as a call in RN. Further out on the west side of the island is Kapiolani Medical Center Pali Momi in Aiea, HI, and Hawaii Medical Center East in Ewa Beach, HI. Further out to the east side of the island in Honolulu, HI are Queen's Medical Center, Kuakini Medical Center, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.

    I hope this help. If you have questions feel free to contact me.
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    Quote from xj3nnerz
    Hello there. Welcome to Hawaii. I think you after you get your Hawaii RN license you should not have a problem finding a job because you are an experienced nurse. It is hard to find jobs for new grad RN here. Because your husband is station in Hickam it may be ideal for you to get a job at the Tripler Army Medical Center. Only thing is long application and hiring process. I submitted my resume via USAjobs.gov in March 2009. Interviewed in May 2009. Accepted the job in June 2009. I am still waiting for the paperwork to process. I have no started date yet.

    Other places in your area to work in the hospital as a RN would be Kaiser Permanente Medical center Moanalua. I work there as a call in RN. Further out on the west side of the island is Kapiolani Medical Center Pali Momi in Aiea, HI, and Hawaii Medical Center East in Ewa Beach, HI. Further out to the east side of the island in Honolulu, HI are Queen's Medical Center, Kuakini Medical Center, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.

    I hope this help. If you have questions feel free to contact me.

    Xjnnerz have you started your job at Tripler yet?
    vrgp79 and
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    Thanks so much for the information. I finally recieved my license thank God. Listen I'm also interested in connecting with new people here in Oahu being that we recently moved here. Feel free to get in touch via the private message function of the board. Thanks again
    Last edit by prmenrs on Jan 24, '10 : Reason: revmoved personal info
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    Hello all!!

    I know no one has posted here in a bit but I was hoping to get this started up again.

    I graduate this May with my ADN here in Michigan and will be taking my NCLEX as soon as they give me a date. My husband and I are set to PCS to Schofield Barracks in July. I'm completely aware of the new grad situation
    I was just curious if any new grads have had recent success at Tripler? Or anywhere else for that matter?

    I figure it'd be ideal to go back to school and complete my BSN if I can't find employment. Or possibly move back to the mainland if my spouse gets deployed (which is what his new unit is known for), and get some job experience. Has anyone else found this ideal?

    I've been a nurses aid for 3 years now in PMR, Tele, and Med/Surg. Has previous hospital experience helped anyone in their job seach?

    Good luck everyone and see you on Oahu
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    Please don't put private info on a very public bulletin board. Thanks.
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    Quote from nbeck
    Xjnnerz have you started your job at Tripler yet?
    Since my last updated on this topic, I just wanted to let you guys know that I did not get the job with Tripler. I was waiting for HR to process my paperwork. I kept calling the nurse manager to follow up and she said that the government just takes awhile. Then Tripler had to withdraw the new grad position. I was very disappointed! I was really hoping to get my foot in the door with the government so that when my husband changed duty station, I could always transfer to another Military hospital. The nurse manager said they decided to hire experience nurses and that they would keep my application on file. They told me this in August and I never heard a call back since.

    Oh well... I am still at Kaiser call-in. I work 32-40hrs/week so I am happy that I have a job and getting a lot of experience. There is a lot of new grad RN still working as aide/clerks.

    Good luck everyone. Stay hopeful apply anywhere, put yourself out there and just take what you can get.
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    oh wow... reading about this new grad situation is really discouraging. yikes.

    my fiance is a marine stationed in k-bay, we're getting married next month. i'm in nursing school now getting my BSN, and plan to move to hawaii to be with him in july.

    i am really stressed already about the whole job hunt and how dismal it seems. i was planning to take my nclex-rn in hawaii, i don't want to be away from my fiance any longer than i have to be for school.

    as of now i don't know anything about applying for the nclex in hawaii, or how long that may take... and how not having my license will affect my job search. it all sounds pretty bad as of now though! eeks!

    any info or help would be greatly appreciated.
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    Nevermind.
    Lisa ;-)
    Last edit by Lisa From Maui on Mar 25, '10
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    Quote from Lisa From Maui
    Nevermind.
    Lisa ;-)
    i got your message... i just don't have enough posts to send one back yet.

    i appreciate your advice and insight, i'm not really sure what to make of it all.

    i'm not going to stay in florida another 2 or 3 months after graduation to get my license here though. my fiance is an active duty marine - in this deployment climate, we're not spending any more time apart than we have to. we understand that the worse case scenario is that i can't find work as a nurse... in which case i'll try and look for other jobs.

    i have 10 years experience of doing ocean rescue, and i have some contacts and connections with lifeguarding agencies. i know its super hard to get hired there too... but i am willing to look into other avenues. i want to work with neonates, so i'd even be okay working part time in a day care or chuch nursery, while doing tech or aid work in a hospital just seeing what happens.

    i'm flexible, and just trying to be proactive in setting myself up as best i can.

    but for me... staying on the mainland is not an option, and pushing back my dates to move aren't an option either! so i just want to try and make the best out of my situation.

    again, the insight and advice is really appreciated!! i really had NO clue as to the severity of the hiring problems. its really awful and i hope this economy switches around sooner than later.


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