Quote from kcalohagirl
I can't remember exactly what the comment made was, but it had something to do with the fact that a mainlander wouldn't be able to understand the culture as well, and wouldn't be as effective as a local nurse would be.
That just struck me as odd. It seems to me that anyone with an open mind, anyone who is willing to adapt and learn more about the different cultures that are encountered on a day to day basis would do fine. Sure, there might be a bit of a learning curve when someone is new to the island, but it seems like after someone's lived there awhile there is no reason why they shouldn't adapt.
Of course, not everyone does.
I guess I probably didn't phrase the original statement particularly well, it just seemed from reading a few comments that it was the prevailing opinion that mainlanders wouldn't "fit in."
Luckily, that wasn't my experience in my jobs I had when I lived there before, Hopefully it won't be when I move back.
That's not been my experience, either, and I think what you posted above is true. As a general rule, I think that some folk like to exclude rather than include. In my world, we all learn from each other and enjoy sharing our differences, whether it is food, language, daily routines, growing up, childrearing, etc, etc. My coworkers and friends (and patients, too, surprisingly!) are just as likely to ask me about my cultural practices as I am about theirs.
Just like on the mainland, and all over the world, the hospitals here in Hawaii want to provide excellent patient care to the best of their ability. Their cultural competencies include all races and cultures, with no focus on any particular one, and they seem to concentrate their hiring on those nurses who can help provide that care. I think that is what is important.
unique. There is no other place I have seen or heard of like it. And no matter if you are native, kama`aina, malihini or tourist, it changes you. I would guess for some, they would rather keep it all for themselves, and anything they can say or do to chase others away would help with that. And they would rather not be bothered with newbies who are just going to leave in a year or two.
There are other agendas here, as well. Just look over the threads and you can easily see the sore places. Those are unique to Hawaii, too.
JMHO, as I wait for my laundry to dry in the dryer because I am not allowed to hang it outside due to POA rules.