Hawaii Nursing License

With its pleasant climate and exquisite beauty, Hawaii attracts tourists from around the world. It's also brimming with professional opportunities for nurses, making it a perfect destination for RNs who can combine travel with work. The appeal might be clear but you might have questions about how to take a travel nursing job in Hawaii. Not to worry. The friendly staff at Onward Healthcare is here to answer any of your questions on how to apply or renew your Hawaii nursing license.

Apply for a Hawaii Nursing License with our Help!

The Hawaii Board of Nursing is the key resource for nurses looking to get their Hawaii nursing license. There are two main options: Licensing by endorsement or examination. The option for endorsement is available to nurses who have an active RN license in another state. The examination is required for unlicensed nurses who need to take and pass the NCLEX-RN exam.

Once the status of a nurse has been decided in regards to endorsement or examination, it is time to gather the appropriate documents required for a Hawaii RN license.

What You Need To Know About Getting Your Hawaii Nursing License

  • You'll need documents such such as evidence of having sent “Verification of License” - this includes NURSYS verification Verification of employment form Criminal History Record Check - Federal Bureau Of Investigation ("FBI") Report and Fingerprints
  • The Hawaii Board of Nursing has unique requirements in regards to their fees. A nurse must pay specific attention to even- and odd-numbered years.
  • According to the Hawaii Board of Nursing, the application processing time is generally 15-20 business days, from receipt of a completed application.
  • Nurses who already hold a nursing license in Hawaii have the opportunity to start travel nursing right away if they keep their license active.
  • It’s important to note, that a Hawaii nursing license, regardless of issuance date, is subject to renewal by June 30 of every odd-numbered year.
  • If a Hawaii nursing license has been expired for two years, then a nurse is required to apply as a new applicant.
  • At this time, Hawaii is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact. This means that RNs must obtain a license by examination, endorsement, renewal, or reinstatement to practice nursing in Hawaii. All of this can be done through the Hawaii Board of Nursing.


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