Hawaii offers a beautiful environment to study nursing, but the opportunities for on-campus nursing education are somewhat limited. The largest institution is Hawaii Pacific University in Kaneohe, Hawaii, where nursing students can earn a BSN or MSN. This school is popular, as students hail from all 50 U.S. states and over 100 countries around the world as they attend courses for undergraduate degrees available in over 40 different programs and graduate degrees available in 12 unique programs. The nursing program at Hawaii Community College in Hilo (also in Hawaii) provides an associate degree, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo goes a bit further with their BSN opportunities. Students also can study at the University of Hawaii’s Maui or Kauai campuses through their “Career Ladder Nursing Program” that offers an associate degree. Other University of Hawaii programs are available in Honolulu (Oahu).
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $11,000 and $54,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. Graduates can find employment at various health care systems such as Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, a public benefit corporation of the State of Hawaii, and Kuakini Health Systems. The largest private hospital in Hawaii is Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, and the largest Army medical treatment facility in the entire Pacific Basin is located a short distance from Waikiki. Tripler Army Medical Center offers health care to almost 400,000 eligible people. With more than 200 hospital beds, Tripler Army Medical Center is the largest military medical treatment facility in the entire Pacific Basin, and it also serves as a major teaching hospital that provides graduate education programs in medicine, general surgery, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry, pediatrics, OB/GYN, radiology, pathology, urology, oral surgery, hospital administration, and anesthesiology nursing. Also included are OB/GYN nursing courses.