Hawaii Nursing Certification and Licensing
Nursing Licensing in Hawaii
To become a nurse in Hawaii you will need to first find, then enroll in a program that is approved by the state. Every program that wishes to educate students and hold nursing classes must abide by certain rules set forth by the Hawaii State Board of Nursing. The college or other facility must apply, then prove they have followed and will continue to follow the guidelines of the B.O.N. (board of nursing).
Online Nursing Courses for Hawaii Residents
As in most states, there are no online learning classes that can offer a full nursing course. This is due to the need for clinical/hands on training for manual skills. There are portions of programs that will have students spend time in facilities in order to learn the skills needed to work with patients and career related machinery. There are online college programs designed to allow nurses to complete certain portions of their learning, from prerequisites to missed classroom time.
Hawaii Nursing Schools
For a Licensed Practical Nurse, you will need to complete about a year of coursework before graduating the LPN program. Registered Nurses may choose from a two year or four year program (Associates or Bachelors). There are other levels of nursing, but these are the basic degrees that anyone interested in a nursing career will need to gain before moving further.
Hawaii Licensing Requirements
Once all of the courses have been completed, you will need to visit the board of nursing website and download, then print a copy of the NCLEX testing application. This must then be mailed to the board of nursing along with the application fee, at this time (2011) the fee is $40. Pearson Vue is the company that oversees all nursing testing in Hawaii and you will receive a letter in the mail if your application has been approved, along with testing dates and locations. You will need current and valid photo identification on the day of testing. The fee (as of 2011) for testing is $200 and must be paid on the day of testing. Your license will be issued if you receive a passing score.
Hawaii Licensing Renewal
Renewal of your nursing license will need to be completed every two years. Hawaii allows online license renewal and even offers a credit to those that renew their licenses online. Any nurse that has been inactive for five years may need to retake the NCLEX or possibly take continuing education classes, depending on the determination of the Hawaii Board of Nursing.