Nursing Schools in Hawaii

Nursing Schools in Hawaii

Health care is one of the U.S.'s largest industries, and registered nurses make up the largest occupation within the field of health care, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS reports that registered nurses (RNs) held just under 2.6 million jobs in 2009, with about 60 percent employed in hospitals.

Why Choose Nursing Schools in Hawaii?

The BLS reports that Hawaii employed 8,930 RNs in 2009 and was the third highest-paying state for RNs, with a mean annual salary of $80,020 in 2009--almost twice the mean annual wage for all occupations in Hawaii, which stood at $42,760, and significantly higher than the mean annual salary for RNs in the U.S. as a whole, which was $66,530.

The job outlook for registered nurses is excellent across the USA. The BLS predicts 22 percent growth overall in the decade from 2008 to 2018, with the highest rate of employment growth expected to be in doctor's offices, at 48 percent.


Job Description for Registered Nurses

Registered nurses treat and care for patients, and job responsibilities may include the following:

  • Observing patients and recording observations about blood pressure and other vital signs
  • Administering correct doses of medication
  • Administering therapy such as manipulating limbs for rehabilitation, applying dressings, or providing psychiatric care
  • Taking samples of blood or other fluids for testing
  • Explaining treatment plans to patients and educating them about how to manage any ongoing treatment at home

Other duties depend upon the registered nurse's job title or work setting. For example, some RNs specialize in certain types of treatment such as diabetes or dermatology. Others specialize in the care of a certain type of patient, such as children or the elderly.

How Hawaii Nursing Schools Can Prepare You for Your Career

Registered nurses can choose from the following educational paths:

  • A four-year bachelor's of science degree in nursing (BSN) program
  • A three-year diploma program, administered by a hospital
  • A two- or three-year associate's degree in nursing (ADN)

RNs must also become registered by completing a national licensing examination. Hospital diploma programs are becoming rare as most nurses opt to complete either a BSN or ADN. Registered nurses with a BSN generally have more opportunities for advancement than nurses with an associate's degree and nursing schools in Hawaii offer RN-to-BSN programs that can help working nurses earn the four-year degree and improve their careers.

Hawaii nursing schools can provide the education and training necessary to begin your career as a registered nurse and make the most of the opportunities for RNs in Hawaii.

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