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How to Become a Nurse in Hawaii

The first step to becoming a nurse in Hawaii is identifying which program you would like to complete, and then completing prerequisite courses. While Licensed Practical Nurse training takes around a year and doesn’t always require prerequisites, to become a Registered Nurse, one must take either a two year Associate Degree, Nursing (ADN) or a four year Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BSN), both of which typically require around one semester of undergraduate college study before applying.

Once accepted into a college of nursing, training begins with basic nursing skills and knowledge focusing predominantly on patient care, and progresses into nurse management, nursing theory, and health research as students progress into their second year. By the time ADN and LPN students have graduated, BSN students begin to tackle specific topics in nursing like third world health, the psychology of health, nursing for specialized populations, and any number of other elective topics, which vary from program to program. They also study advanced nurse management, theory, and research.

Nursing education in Hawaii culminates with the NCLEX licensure examination, which is a nationally-standardized test and the last step t licensure. There are two version of the exam for both LPN and RN students, and pass rates are typically quite high—about 9 out of 10 graduating students passes the NCLEX and is licensed to begin practice as a nurse in Hawaii.
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For detailed information about wages, jobs, training, education and more, visit our state-specific Hawaii nursing page.