Has anyone worked in Hawaii or any other island?

  1. Has anyone out there worked in Hawaii or any other island? Interested in working there once I get out of school and get a few years experience. Would love to hear any input/stories you might have.

    blueiwahine
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  3. by   live4today
    I worked in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1988 as a Traveling Nurse and loved it! I fell in love with an Island guy just a few short weeks after moving there. It was the most incredible experience of my life living in Hawaii, and I would go back there in a heart beat.
  4. by   blueiwahine
    Thanks for the input - Cheerfuldoer. Know what you mean about Hawaii, I just love the place. It is so peaceful and relaxing. It had a little to do with me wanting to go into Nursing for a career. Hope someday to get to move there. For now just have to save my pennies to pay for my next trip back. debbi
  5. by   zudy
    Anyone else out ther worked HI? I am just getting my kids raised so I can travel there. I would love to hear more!!
  6. by   gr8nurse4u
    I lived and worked in Hawaii (LPN) for one year prior to my travel-nursing days. (1997 to 1998). I consider that one year the most wonderful year in my life. My biggest regret is leaving there.

    Hawaii has so many good things ... but it also has some not so good things. For me, the good outweighs the bad, and I look forward to returning someday..... as soon as I get my RN or until some intelligent Hawaii hospital recruiter realizes that my talents and skills are better used to serve Hawaii for the rest of my nursing career. <ahem>.

    Please be advised that Hawaii's economy has been hit especially hard since 9-11. That event has affected SO many things there. Their economy depends GREATLY on tourism and travel ... which is still suffering since last year. Unemployment is higher ... and I wonder if the treatment of travelers is not as good now as it was in the past ... With the idea that "the traveler takes the job away from the local" thinking. Anybody here know firsthand? Any thoughts from current Hawaii nurses?
  7. by   blueiwahine
    Know what you mean about the local thinking the traveler was taking there job. Lived in St. Croix, USVI, my husband worked for Amerada Hess and I later worked for American Airlines ( wasn't in nursing, but all locals there had the same attitude). The locals thought we were rich and wondered why we worked at all. I told them if I was rich, I definitely wouldn't be working and would live in the big house on the mountain looking out at the ocean. Once they figured you out, they were really nice. Always felt it was how well you could blend in with the island way of life, whether or not you would survive there. There's always bad with the good to deal with. Coming back to Texas, made me appreciate the peace I had there. I'm glad to hear the one's that have worked in Hawaii have all had good experiences. I too, hope one day to move there for good. For now, keep hoping I win the lottery.
  8. by   sjoe
    See my post on "new travelers get taken advantage of," and stay away from the state mental hospital! IMHO.
    Last edit by sjoe on Aug 19, '02
  9. by   moonrose2u
    has anyone gone to the main island on a travel contract? or to the military hospital in hawaii per contract?

    am very interested in this...please share your experiences..

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