It may surprise many who think of the island paradise of Hawaii, but like the rest of America, the population of this state are aging, and that means that there’s a definite, growing demand for qualified medical staff, including nurse’s aides.
How Do You Qualify to Work as a CNA in Hawaii?
Hawaii is one of the few states that allow you to work as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), without first completing a training course, and taking the CNA competency exam. However, you may only work in Medicare, Medicaid and State run facilities if you have been trained and certified, and while you may do the job without a qualification elsewhere, you cannot hold the title of CNA unless you are qualified.
In Hawaii, the State Department of Human Services oversees approved CNA training courses, and you will need to take one of the courses that they endorse before you can qualify as a candidate CNA.
What Does the CNA Training Course In Hawaii Comprise?
In Hawaii, the state requires you to complete a training course that includes a minimum of 100 hours of prescribed training. Those hours are divided into 30 hours of classroom training, and 70 hours of hands on, clinical training, supervised by a nurse.
How Does CNA Certification Work in Hawaii?
While you can work as a nurses aide in Hawaii without formal training, you will have limited career options, and it’s likely that you will earn considerably less, for doing mostly the same job. After you have taking a state approved training course, your next course of action should be to take the American Red Cross Nurse Aide Certification Exam. Once you have passed that exam, you will receive a State of Hawaii Certified Nurse Assistant Card. That card proves that you are a certified CNA, and allows you to work in state run and other facilities, and increases your earning power.
Where Can You Work as a CNA in Hawaii?
If you are a trained and certified CNA in Hawaii, then you can work as a nurses aide or CNA at any state, Medicaid, Medicare, or private facility. Those facilities include long term care homes, nursing homes, hospitals and more. Without training and certification, you can work for private institutions, and you can find out more on the Red Cross home page for Hawaii.
What Can You Earn as a CNA In Hawaii?
There’s a high demand for qualified and Certified Nursing Assistants in Hawaii, and the typical average salary in the state is around $29,000. A new CNA is likely to earn less than that, but there are also nurse aides in Hawaii that earn considerably more.
Remember that if you choose to work as a nurses aide without being qualified in Hawaii, you will limit your career choices, and you are likely to earn less. You can, however, choose to undergo training and certification at any time, so if you’re already working as a nurses aide, and you’d like to improve your career prospects, this is a good idea.
Hawaii Nurse Aide Registry
Hawaii Dept. of Commerce & Consumers Affairs
Professional and Vocational Licensing Branch
335 Merchant St., 3rd Floor Room 301, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 739-8122
Hawaii State Board of Nursing
King Kalakaua Building
335 Merchant Street, Rm. 301
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Accredited CNA Training Classes & Programs in Hawaii
American Red Cross – Hawaii State Chapter
4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Ann Pearl Nursing Facility – Kaneohe
45-181 Waikalua Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
Care Giver Training School Corporation CNA Course – Honolulu
1320 Kalani Street, Suite # 288, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
CNA Training International – Aiea
99-209 Moanalua Rd., Suite # 307, Aiea, Hawaii 96701
CNA Training International – Wahiawa
319 North Cane Street, Suite # B, Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
Comprehensive Health Care Services CNA Course – Waipahu
94-910 Moloalo Street, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
Hawaii Community College Nurse Aide Training – Hilo
200 West Kawili Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Hawaii Health Care Institute – Pahoa
13-758 Leilani Ave., Pahoa, Hawaii 96778
Healthcare School of Hawaii CNA Training Course – Aiea
98-025 Hekaha Street, Suite # 4, Aiea, Hawaii 96701
Healthcare Training and Career Consultants, Inc. – Honolulu
2130 North King Street, Suite 7, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
Healthcare Training and Career Consultants, Inc. – Waipahu
94-210 Pupukahi Street, Suite 206, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
Healthcare Training and Career Consultants, Inc. Nursing Assistant Program – Wailuku
Hale Makua Nursing Facility, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793
Kapiolani Community College CNA Program – Honolulu
4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Kauai Community College Nursing Assistant Course – Lihue
3-1901 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Kona Community Hospital Nurse Aide Training Program – Kealakekua
79-1019 Haukapila Street, Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750
Leeward Community College Nurse Aide Training Course – Pearl City
96-045 Ala Ike Street, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Life Care Center of Hilo
944 West Kawailani Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Life Care Center of Kona Nurse Aide Training – Kailua Kona
78-6957 Kamehameha Iii Road, Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
Maui Community College CNA Class – Kahului
310 West Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, Hawaii 96732
Pacific Nurse’s Aide Training Center, LLC. – Pearl City
803 Kamehameha Hwy., Suite # 411, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
TLC Total Loving Care Health Service Nurse Assistant Program – Honolulu
1088 Bishop Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Waianae Health Academy Nurse Aide Program
86-088 Farrington Hwy. Suite 202, Wai’anae, Hawaii 96792