Military spouse needs advice!


Hi everyone!

My fiancé is in the Navy due to be stationed in Hawaii this coming March and potentially moved the next year to Washington state.

I'm a BSN RN new grad just finishing a new grad program at Kaiser in CA for MedSurg. We've discussed it before, and I'm planning to stay here until at least next October (for 1 year experience) before moving with him. We had hoped he'd get Hawaii for his next station, so I already have my Hawaii license.

A few concerns:

1. Is it hard to find a job in Hawaii as an RN with only 1 year experience? And should I start getting in contact with recruiters now or wait til at least year?

2. Do I need to mention military status? Or would that hurt my chances?

3. With the potential move to another state less than 2 years of being in Hawaii, is it worth trying to make the move or should I wait until Washington?...which may or may not even happen [planning around the military is impossible =___="

We've been long distance for 6 years now (together for 9), so we'd really love to finally wake up next to each other and do coupley things, but I really hope I can build my nursing career while making that dream happen.

Any advice/ resources would be much appreciated! Thank you.

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

I don't have any first-hand knowledge of the job climate in Hi.. hopefully, someone will be around soon to give you better info.

But I do want to assure you that areas with a heavy military presence are more accommodating to military spouses. They realize that changes in duty stations are beyond your control. If you're a top-notch nurse, they will want you for whatever period you're available!

Please thank your hun for his service.