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Nursing Careers and Residency at Queen’s

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Compassionate. Caring. Excellent. These three words best describe the nurses at Queen’s.

When you join Queen’s Nursing, you become part of a team of caregivers and leaders in your profession.

  • Discover the Queen’s difference:
    The Queen’s Medical Center and Queen’s West O’ahu are the only facilities in the state with Magnet recognition, meaning our staff feels valued and provides the highest care to patients
  • The Queen’s Medical Center is ranked the Best Hospital in Hawai‘i by U.S. News & World Report
  • Queen’s is home to Hawai‘i’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center and the state’s only Level 1 Trauma Center

Click here to join us on our mission to becoming Hawai‘i’s lifetime partner in health or continue reading to learn more about what sets Queen’s apart.

“Best nurses on the Earth! YOU are the reason my husband is alive today. You are beyond wonderful. We love you all.”

- Laura
The Queen’s Medical Center Patient

Mark Kido, RN at Queen’s

Mark was among four nurses from Queen’s to recently win a Daisy Foundation Award.

“From the very first time Mark introduced himself, he made me feel like I was important and mattered. Mark's smile, wonderful and positive attitude, made me feel so much better. He always made sure that I was comfortable because of the pain I was feeling by caring so greatly about me as a patient, but also as a human being.”

Queen’s Hawai‘i Nurse Residency Program

The Queen’s Health System is Hawai’i’s first and only PTAP accredited Nurse Residency Program. Supporting recent nursing graduates as they transition into their new careers is essential to the success of Queen’s Nursing. We offer residency experience in an acute care hospital setting to help you gain the knowledge and tools to jumpstart your career.

Queen’s Hawai‘i Nurse Residency Program is offered five times over the course of the year: January, March, May, July, and September. Applications will be accepted beginning two months before the program starts.

Through the Hawai‘i State Center for Nursing Collaborative, the Queen’s Nurse Residency Program is part of the University Health System Consortium and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Nurse Residency Program.

Our curriculum is offered via monthly seminars utilizing a variety of learning opportunities, such as simulation, case studies, reflective practice, group discussion, and lectures.

We have also launched a mentorship program to help you as you transition into a confident and competent nurse during your first year.

Experienced nurses with different backgrounds from The Queen’s Medical Center serve as Resident Facilitators to mentor and coach you as you begin your nursing career.

To qualify, you must either:

  • Have a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, or
  • Be a Registered Nurse in Hawai‘i with less than 1 year of nursing experience

The Queen’s Nurse Residency Program has three primary objectives:

  • Help you achieve autonomy in providing direct care to patients.
  • Teach you with research-backed evidence that you can incorporate into your nursing practices.
  • Build a community among you and your nursing peers.

Queen’s Nurse Residency curriculum covers a wide range of topics including:

  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Interdisciplinary Simulation Experience
  • Ethical Issues
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Dealing with Death and Dying

Professional Practice Model

A Nursing Professional Practice Model is a framework that outlines the foundational principles, values, and beliefs that guide nursing practice within a specific health care organization. It serves as a blueprint for nursing professionals, shaping their roles, responsibilities, and interactions within the health care environment.

For The Queen’s Health System, a new model crafted by the collective vision of the nurses, vividly portrays this profound dedication to serving patients. This model encapsulates the essence of nursing through a synergy of scientific excellence, demanding high-quality, evidence-based, shared decision making, advocacy, and innovative care, and the art of nursing, which fosters healing environments characterized by loving kindness, inclusion, compassion, presence, and holistic care.

Crucially, the Professional Practice Model places the patients’ healing, dignity, hope, love, and acceptance at its core, embodying the vision of Queen Emma for all the people of Hawai‘i and illustrating how each nurse actively realizes this vision in their daily practice.

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Shared Decision Making: The Queen's Nursing Vision

Nursing at Queen’s is a center of excellence for professional nursing practice. It is known for distinction in clinical nursing practice, innovative strategies in nursing education, and collaborative research which extends the bounds of knowledge.

Shared decision making (SDM) at The Queen’s Health System is a model that empowers nurses at all levels to take ownership and accountability for their nursing professional practice. Queen’s has 11 organizational level SDM councils that align with the strategic priorities of nursing.

Unit and department-based practice councils drives shared decision making in operational and professional practice at the unit level. Through collaboration with leaders and inter-professional partners, Queen’s nurses provide the latest and superior patient care.

Magnet Recognized - American Nurses Credentialing Center logo
The Queen’s Medical Center Manamana (Punchbowl) and The Queen's Medical Center West O`ahu are Magnet recognized.

Annual Reporting

Explore our Nurse Annual Reports for a complete look at our mission, team successes, program statistics and more.  

Queen’s Nursing Career Development Opportunities

We’re pleased to offer ongoing professional development programs to our nursing staff to help you grow in your skills as a nurse and advance your career at Queen’s.

Professional Development

Our Professional Development Program enables you to participate in workshops, conferences, and courses on nursing. You can receive special certifications that further your career and build skills to improve your practice.

Continuing Education

Queen’s Tuition Reimbursement Program allows you to earn credit from courses at fully accredited institutions of higher learning. We believe that continuing education is critical to your professional success and promotability as a nurse.

Eligibility for continuing education funds are available to you after only one year of employment.

Contact Human Resources at 808-691-4627 for more information.

Employee Benefits

As a nursing professional at Queen’s, you will receive the following benefits:

Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans from Queen’s give you medical, surgical, and hospital coverage. With unlimited lifetime maximums, our PPOs also come with a robust prescription drug plan and vision benefits.

Queen’s participates in the Hawaii Dental Service plan, which provides coverage for routine exams and cleaning, along with other dental services like Preventative Care, Oral Surgery, Restorative Dentistry, Endodontics, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics.

Queen’s covers eligible health expenses that fall outside of your health insurance plan, including co-payments, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket expenses you might incur.

Many of our employees caring for dependents on their own or with working spouses require care for their children or elderly dependents. Queen’s may offer reimbursement for day care fees, preschool, and after-school care.

You may also qualify for our dependent spending account as an employee caring for any dependents with mental or physical disabilities, or for an elderly dependent.

As an employee of The Queen’s Health System, you are eligible to enroll in our 401(k) retirement plan. You can elect to have up to 100% of your paycheck deducted and placed into a tax-sheltered retirement savings account. Queen’s offers matching contributions.

You may also qualify for our dependent spending account as an employee caring for any dependents with mental or physical disabilities, or for an elderly dependent.

Paid Time Off (PTO) is an important part of our benefits package. In addition to the ten holidays per year that are automatically included in your PTO bank, you accumulate additional PTO according to your seniority.

In addition to PTO, you may be eligible to accrue time for Extended Sick Leave (ESL). ESL is kept in a separate bank from your PTO hours.

Queen’s life insurance plans provide basic term life coverage for non-bargaining, full-time employees. You can also purchase Supplemental and Dependent Life Plans to augment your existing policy.

Our long term disability insurance gives you a portion of your income if you become disabled or unable to work. We base the benefit on your pre-disability monthly salary and coordinate it with any other income benefits you might receive (e.g. social security and worker’s compensation).

We provide accidental death and dismemberment insurance to be paid to your chosen beneficiary if you pass away or are injured as the result of an on-the-job accident.

Equal Opportunity

With a commitment to diversity and inclusion, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. Learn more about “EEO is the Law and EEO is the Law Poster Supplement


Begin or Advance Your Nursing Career at Queen’s

When you join Queen’s Nursing, you’ll be an important member of our professional, caring team.

For out-of-state applicants, please visit our relocation page to learn more about all our tropical paradise has to offer.

If you have any questions, please contact our Human Resources Department at 808-691-4627.