I am a RN on an Inpatient Rehabilitation/Med-surg floor in Washington state. I am looking at moving out to Oahu early in 2012. I don't want to move without having a job first but I have heard it is hard to get a job if you are not already living on the island. Also I have heard it is difficult to get a job at all, although looking at many of the hospitals websites there are lots of jobs posted frequently.
By the time I move out there I will have over two years experience, I am very active at my current hospital, I am a part of several committees and I am the Pain Resource Nurse for my floor. I have done a few educational in-services at staff meetings and have a few more planned this year. I also am going to be applying for a few certifications this year. I am just wondering what I can do to make myself standout and to increase my chances of getting a job offer.
I love working Med-Surg, I have telemetry training, I am great at wound care and ostomy management, What are employers looking for?
Also how soon should I start applying for jobs and working at making contacts out in Oahu, and When should I apply for my Hawaiian state license?