^^ LOOOL!!! Nurseman, please don't make me laugh so hard!
You have at least one to two years of acute care nursing experience from a hospital facility on the mainland. Hence, that's the reason why you were hired here in Hawaii as an RN. I'm guessing you're working at Queen's, since they "foot your shipping" bill. No?
You started out at a base hourly rate of $49.10 because of your already gained acute care nursing experience from the Seattle area, or wherever you were working at before you came to Hawaii.
Unlike new graduate nurses like me, struggling to thrive and live in Hawaii. If it weren't for my parents to support me, heck, I'd be a working CNA living in an IHS facility or on the streets of Kakaako. I kid you not.
There is so much competition, stiff competition, and even favoritism amongst floor managers when it comes to selection for RN new grad positions. There are some questionable candidates who get into the program, some don't even do hospital extracurricular activities (i.e. committee members), and still get into the program.
Anyhow, please don't come on here, making the nursing industry in Hawaii look rosy pink, when the truth is, for new graduates like me, it's hard to find a job, hard to survive here off a CNA paycheck, and would definitely like to live independently, so that my folks can retire in peace.