Hawaii is known for its selection of high-quality educational institutions that help prepare students for a variety of careers. If you've thought about becoming a nurse, you might be confused by the variety of degrees available in Hawaii. However, if you already have a Bachelor's degree in any field, you may be able to bypass undergraduate requirements and move directly to an MSN program.
Contact the schools you find on this page that offer Direct Entry MSN programs in Hawaii to get program information. Once you take some time to compare what’s offered, you’ll be more likely to make a well informed decision about your nursing future.
Direct entry MSN programs in Hawaii are typically 18-to-24 month long programs that are designed for those who have completed their prerequisite courses through a prior undergraduate degree. Before starting a program like this, you'll need to demonstrate your competence with a number of science courses. Most programs require classes like Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology. By requiring intensive science courses, Hawaii schools can help you proceed through your degree program very quickly.
In the first year of your nursing program, you'll take entry level Bachelor's degree nursing courses that provide you the skills needed to earn an RN. Some of the classes you may take during your first year include Health Assessment, Foundations of Nursing, Medical/Surgical Nursing, and Community & Public Health.
Some schools require you to earn your RN before you proceed to MSN courses. This means that you will likely take the NCLEX-RN at some point during your program, which is the test you must pass in order to become a Registered Nurse (RN). When you move into Master's degree courses, your curriculum will be determined by the nursing career you decide to pursue.
Although options vary depending on which school you attend, you may be able to choose from popular choices like nurse midwife, nurse practitioner, nurse leader, and nurse educator. Some of the courses you may be required to pass as an MSN student include Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing, Theory of Advanced Nursing Care, and Advanced Care of Adults. In total, your direct entry MSN program may have over 1,000 clinical hours.
There are many private organizations and associations in Hawaii that provide scholarships for advanced nursing students. The Gromet Foundation is one such organization, offering dozens of scholarships. Available grants include Nursing Scholarships for Kamehameha School Graduates, the Filipino Nurses' Organization of Hawaii Scholarship, and the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society Nursing Scholarship. The Maui Nurses Foundation has a scholarship foundation that awards grants to students in the Maui area. Quite a few nursing scholarships are available through the Hawaii Community Foundation.
Before beginning your nursing career, it's important to make sure you have the proper license to work in Hawaii. In addition to a registered nursing (RN) license, which is required for all working nurses, you may need an advanced practice license if you plan on working as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, or clinical specialist. The Hawaii Department of Professional and Vocational Licensing is responsible for all licensing in this state.
Although job growth rates vary between nursing careers, in general, the outlook is positive in Hawaii. O*Net expects job openings for medical managers to increase by 15% between 2012 and 2022. As is the case in many states, job growth is expected to be fastest for nurse instructors. In this time frame, O*Net anticipates a 34 percent increase in job openings.
Thanks to the above-average cost of living in Hawaii, nursing salaries are often higher than the national average. Nurse instructors earn a median income of $76,600 per year (O*Net, 2013). Nurse practitioners have an average salary of $103,000 per year (O*Net, 2013). Other nursing professions fall in this range.
Given all that Master's-level nurses can do in Hawaii, it's clear that an MSN can propel your career forward while making a difference to your patients. With so many diverse career options, you can likely find a choice that suits your skills and interests. Contact the schools on this page to learn more about your options for entering a direct entry MSN program in Hawaii.