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b) a small surge in hits on this blog with the title “Nursing in Hawaii”
Q: are they related? or a coincidence?
A: darned if I know! But – it’s no accident that there is always a TV show about Hawaii…..
Fact is, this blog has four or five entries that directly address the nursing job situation in Hawaii, and they have taken an uptick in hits for the last month or so, really noticeable this past week.
The first is: Read This Before You Move to Hawaii to get a Nursing Job.
then there is: Hawaii Nursing Jobs Update Oct 2013
finally, there are special aspects of culture here, and while this one may seem like a stretch, you can have more fun if you approach it this way: Twelve Steps to Prepare for Global Nursing. If you come here, get off the beach and explore. You will find a wonderful mix of Asian cultures here. There is also something called “local culture” which I love love love.
Humbly, I recommend all of the above. When I lived in rural Maine, we spent winter evenings by the woodstove curled up with a cup of tea of cocoa and reading the seed catalogs. (studying the seed catalogs is more like it.) I suppose the Youth of Today are curled up by the woodstove with their iPad or laptop (does anyone use a laptop anymore?) surfing the Nursing Jobs Board for Hawaii.
This is not new.
In World War Two, the US Government was desperate to promote nursing as a contribution to the war effort. As part of the marketing campaign, there was a series of books based on the adventures of Cherry Ames, a fictional nurse from Hilton, Illinois ( a fictional town; but I bet it’s cold there today!). The third book of the series was “Army Nurse” published in 1944, and the book opens as Cherry Ames, RN is celebrating Christmas in Panama under the palm trees. Now, everybody knows she was actually in Hawaii but the information was classified.
What is the answer?
Should you move to Hawaii or – no? Well, if you ask me it’s too late for this year. By the time you get here it will be springtime! The vast majority of nurses working here are from here, and we have excellent schools of nursing. There is a steady stream of military nurses who come through here, as well as spouses of military. In past days when the job market was a bit more inviting, Hawaii was a must-stop for young nurses who wanted to use their profession to work/travel around the USA. (it used to be, if you had a nursing license and walked into a hospital, you could get a job quickly. Not so much these days). Alas, we do not presently have an acute shortage.
If you should decide, I invite you to read all my other blog entries to prepare. I have truly loved being here. It’s a special part of America, and the beauty of it extends beyond the climate and scenery.