Fun Activities to Do Outdoors in Hawaii

So with some many Nurses visiting conferences each year, we’d like to share some of the coolest outdoor things you can do in Hawaii. Hawaii may be a small place but there is seriously so many things to do outdoors. On the island of Oahu especially. Being Nurse Anesthetists, we’ve seen our fair share of serious injuries when families go for hikes that are too dangerous or too difficult. So keep that in mind as we share our list of some of the best activities.

Diamond head may be one of the most popular hiking trails that’s easy for the beginner but challenging enough that you’ll get a great workout in. It offers amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and used to be a US military post. Plan on taking around 2 hours to walk back and forth. Costs of entry is very cheap at only $5/car or $1/per person if you’re walking in.

Other great activities include the countless beaches and ocean. If you’re into surfing or just watching surfing, check out Keawaula beach on the north shore for some spectacular waves. Looking for a more relaxed place to chill? Check out Lanikai Beach for a calm white sands experience.

Hawaii has amazing weather so doing any outdoorsy is spectacular. From playing football and soccer to jumping on trampolines. Hawaii is one of the states with the fastest growth of trampoline sales. This island nation is now one of the best place to check out trampoline reviews online. Parents are even opting to purchase these trampolines for their kids, that are guaranteed to be safe. There is no better place to learn how to trampoline than Hawaii.

Another super fun outdoor activity is fishing. If you have some patience you can catch a huge variety of fishes. Our top spot for some quiet fishing is Makai Research Pier, this is one of the hidden gems in Oahu. Many times you may even see some sea turtles. There are a variety of ocean fishes and local guides around the area if you’ve never fished before.


Anesthesiologist Assistant Salary & Training

One of the most often asked questions we get in our meeting are, how much does Anesthesiologist Assistants make? Popularly known as an “AA”, an anesthesiologist assistant is a highly skilled medical professional who designs, develops and implements anesthesia care plans. The non-physician anesthesia provider is guided by a licensed anesthesiologist to master and carry out his/her daily duties and responsibilities. Working as part of the anesthesia care team, these professionals accompany patients during anesthesia and offer life-saving services, such as cardiac life support and CPR.

Concerning training, anesthesiologist assistants complete a bachelor’s degree and during the studies they are required to learn premedical topics, do exams and get anesthesia exposure in the operating rooms. After they are done with the bachelor’s degree, the candidates are required to complete a master’s degree in programs that are accredited by health education regulators. Graduates of these programs are then certified by relevant boards or commissions for anesthesiologist assistants. The certified candidates are awarded a time-limited certificate to practice in the field.

So where do the anesthesiologists assistants work? Well, these professionals work in surgery centers and also in general hospitals- specifically in operation rooms and theaters. The AAs also work in large healthcare facilities that perform complex procedures such as transplant surgery, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and trauma care. They usually offer their services throughout a typical work week, but they can also perform weekend assignments and on-call & evening duties.

In the medical field, these professionals take health history of patients, administer necessary diagnostic tests, calibrate and pre-test anesthesia equipment, induce anesthesia levels, carry out post anesthesia rounds and perform administrative duties. Some AAs perform other duties like establishing invasive & non-invasive monitoring methods, training and supervising personnel and implementing regional anesthesia techniques.

When it comes to anesthesiologist assistant salary, the graduates earn between $95,000-$120,000 annual salary plus compensations for weekend assignments, on-call activities and evening duties. The experienced AAs earn between $160,000-$180,000 plus the compensations mentioned under the graduate salary. The salaries vary by states and individual employer.

Concerning the states, the AAs can only work in sixteen of them plus Washington DC and the territory of Guam. States that pay the highest salaries include: Ohio, Florida, South Carolina, Colorado, Texas, Michigan, District of Columbia, North Carolina and Georgia. The medical professionals working in remote states also earn better pay compared to those working in developed states. On the side of the employer, private hospitals pay more than the government. As far as the federal government is concerned, the AAs are employed by the Department of Defense and Veteran Affairs (VA) under the TRICARE system.

Our Mission at Hawaii CRNA

  • Developing and promoting educational and practice standards that support and enhance cost-effective, quality anesthesia care for the patients, payers and physicians we serve.
  • Providing patient education and information about anesthesia and related healthcare services.
  • Monitoring and maintaining active presence in state and national CRNA practice and healthcare legislative issues by working with lawmakers, regulatory agencies and those who shape healthcare policy.
  • Promoting partnerships with the community and liaisons with other healthcare professions to integrate and promote practice and healthcare quality issues.
  • Providing continuing education information for our members and other CRNAs.