From Alaska to Hawaii

traveling from alaska to hawaii as a travel nurse

I have traveled to many of the states in the lower 48 but after Alaska my next assignment had to be Hawaii.  After weeks of freezing cold how better to thaw out but on the beautiful beaches of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Honolulu— is one of the finest places in the country for soaking up beautiful weather on a sandy beach.  There are many activities such as surfing, fishing, sunbathing and watching gorgeous sunsets. The city has year-round warm weather and tropical atmosphere. Honolulu is a perfect blend of casual beach fun and downtown excitement. There is culture in the downtown areas several great museums, art galleries and fine Hawaiian cuisine. traveling from alaska to hawaii as a travel nurse

Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities in Honolulu

Hawaii Medical Center East
Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children
Kuakini Medical Center
Moanalua Medical Center & Clinic
Straub Clinic and Hospital
The Queen’s Medical Center

Honolulu has top-notch medical facilities and prominent healthcare networks.  They are consistently expanding their list of medical job opportunities at numerous healthcare facilities.  Honolulu has constant, urgent needs for nearly every type of nursing professional.

Honolulu Site Seeing

If history is something you are fascinated by, you will find  this island has much to be explored. Honolulu is the home of the USS Arizona memorial a great battleship which was bombed and sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Unlike many of the other ships sunk or damaged that day, Arizona could not be fully salvaged, though the Navy removed parts of the ship for reuse. The wreck still lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor and the memorial was dedicated on 30 May 1962 to all those who died during the attack and it straddles the ship’s hull.

On my visit there I could feel the spirits of those that sacrificed their lives on that fateful day.  The memorial is powerful and a must see.

Take a Hike in Honolulu

The unique profile of Diamond Head (Lē‘ahi) is Hawaii’s most recognized landmark and known for its historic hiking trail, stunning coastal views, and military history. I made the hike and the view is stunning.

The trail to the summit of Lē‘ahi was built in 1908 as part of O‘ahu’s coastal defense system. The 0.8 mile hike from trailhead to the summit is steep and strenuous, gaining 560 feet as it ascends from the crater floor.  The ascent continues up steep stairs and through a lighted 225-foot tunnel to enter the Fire Control Station completed in 1911. Built on the summit, the station directed artillery fire from batteries in Waikiki and Fort Ruger outside Diamond Head crater. At the summit, you’ll see bunkers and a huge navigational lighthouse built in 1917.

I loved the people and the work in Hawaii but island living was not for me.   The flowers, the birds the beaches and the tropical landscape were breathtaking.  There were pineapple plantations, macadamia nut farms, and the only coffee grown in the US.   So much to see and do on your time off you may find that 13 weeks is not long enough.


Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a retired RN and US Army Nurse Major. She has over 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and once to South Korea. Her medical training began during the Vietnam era when trained as an army medic. She went on to train as an OR tech and then as a LVN/LPN. She completed nursing school and was direct commissioned into the reserve Army Nurse Corp. nurse. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and working in other medical facilities. During her career she spent years as an OR nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, Hospice Nurse, Forensic Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as being a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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