Become a Nurse in Hawaii - Licensure & Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Hawaii Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 1/13/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Hawaii
Nursing Licenses in Hawaii Master's Required?
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNA) Yes
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Yes
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

Hawaii Nursing Salaries

Hawaii Nursing Salaries
HI Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina Annual Mean Wage Urban Honolulu Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $50,930 $47,730 $50,040
Registered Nurse $98,080 $89,290 $99,600
Nurse Practitioner $120,570 Not Available $123,490
Nurse Anesthetist $192,580 Not Available $191,900

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics - State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Hawaii in January 2020.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Hawaii. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Hawaii, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Hawaii nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current.If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Hawaii, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Hawaii is not a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Hawaii

Advanced registered nurse practitioners in Hawaii may apply for prescriptive authority within their practice specialties, as described and outlined by the board.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Hawaii

Recognized APRN roles in Hawaii include: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), and Nurse Practitioner.

Education: Master’s Degree or Higher in Nursing

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: National Certification in Specialty Area

Fees:

  • $194 for Applications between July 1st of an Odd-Numbered Year and June 30th of an Even-Numbered Years
  • $126 for Applications between July 1st of an Even-Numbered Year and June 30th of an Odd-Numbered Year

Additional Information: An Hawaii Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application

Renewal: All nursing and APRN licenses expire on June 30th of each odd-numbered year. APRN licenses cannot be renewed without renewal of RN licenses.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Hawaii

Education: Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX

Fees:

  • $40 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as a registered nurse in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to board approval. A $234 application fee is required between July 1st of an odd-numbered year and June 30th of an even-numbered year; a $166 application fee is required between July 1st of an even-numbered year and June 30th of an odd-numbered year.

Renewal: Renewal fee is $176 per renewal period.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse or more information on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information for the nursing careers above: advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, and licensed practical nurse was retrieved from the Hawaii Board of Nursing, as of January 2020.

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