Hello. I'm in Oahu and I've been here for about 2 1/2 months. (started applying for jobs 7 months before we actually moved here) I have about 7 months of ICU experience and NO ONE IS CALLING BACK from the hundreds of applications I've sent in. I have BLS, ACLS, Critical Care course and EKG certifications.
My husband is in the military and therefore I had no choice but to move here. I'm thinking about going back to the mainland because there is NOTHING here for me. You have to have at the minimum 12 months... But most prefer 2 years and unfortunately companies can do whatever they want and raise standards because this island is saturated with RN's. Both experienced and inexperienced! There's even a waiting line to volunteer if you can believe it. I refuse to work as a CNA because that's NOT what I busted my butt off for in nursing school. There's nothing wrong with the CNA profession, however working in the title and paygrade of a CNA but working like an RN is not something I'm interested in. I have another friend who's like me and left her job to come out here only to find out 1 year later, no one wants to hire her. So... If you can help it, please don't move here. I'm not trying to be negative, but really, there is NO jobs out here unless you're an experienced RN or you know someone in the company who's going to help you get a job. That's my advice for you... Good luck to you!