Recent BSN graduate looking for jobs in OAHU, Hawaii! PLZ HELP!

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I am a May BSN graduate from a highly ranked nursing college in Virginia. I just relocated to Oahu, HI with my husband who's in the Navy. Like expected, I am having a tough time finding a job. I'm looking for any advice/ tips/ what has or hasn't worked from other nurses who have been through the same thing. I've read blogs on this same topic but I never see the outcomes...

  1. Moving back to the mainland is not an option.
  2. I do not want to work as a tech/nurse aid either (I need experience that counts)

  3. I'll work at a nursing home but I'm scared I'll lose vital clinical skills

What can I do!?! It's so frustrating how unsupportive this state is of RN's with less than 1 or 2 years of experience.

Advice is greatly needed and appreciated!!!!


I have always found that it is easier to find a job when you already have a job :) If I were in your position, I would consider taking a LTC, NH, or Rehab job and continue looking for an Acute Care Position if that is what you truly desire.

PS - when it's an employers market meaning that there are usually multiple candidates applying for the same open position.... the employers have the advantage and can be picky by placing certain restrictions on those applications they review (such as certain type or years of experience) it has nothing to do with how supportive or unsupportive you perceive an area or state to be regarding new graduates.. It's just economics.

Specializes in Critical Care.

I haven't work on Oahu in a very long time, but typically Queen's requires some amount of experience to get a job, but if you're willing to go over the Pali to work or elsewhere on the island you can find work but not always work that will count towards getting a job at Queen's or other facilities in Honolulu proper. Where on the island are you living?

You're right. Thank you for the advice!!

That makes sense. We're living in Honolulu but I'm willing to commute.

Specializes in Critical Care.

Rush hour traffic in the Honolulu area can be horrid, not what you'd expect for a tropical island. But if you live reasonably near one of the freeways that go over to the windward side then it's not all that bad, Kaneohe and Kailua might be worth considering, although just to warn you most of the nursing jobs on that side are home health jobs.

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

When I lived in Hawaii it became painfully obvious that there was some bias against military wives, probably because it was likely they would not stay very long at the job. You may have to take whatever you can get.

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