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Hawaii State Center for Nursing

2528 McCarthy Mall
Webster Hall 432
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 - Map -

Ph: (808) 956-5211
Fax: (808) 956-3257



Welcome to the Hawai`i State Center for Nursing as we begin our exciting and challenging journey.  Our purpose is to assure that the State of Hawai`i has the nursing resources necessary to meet the healthcare needs of its people!  Our healthcare environment shows an aging population with increased health care needs; an aging nursing workforce headed toward retirement and a shortage of nursing faculty to educate future nurses.  Based on projections which show a significant nursing shortage, the Hawai`i State Legislature in 2003 created the Hawai`i State Center for Nursing (Act 198, HB 422).

Core Values Acknowledging that Nursing is an independent profession whose focus is on the recipients of care and their optimal level of wellness, the Hawaii State Center for Nursing holds the following values:


Our Center has an illustrious history which began in 1996 when Hawai`i was one of 20 sites nationwide to receive funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the initiative, Colleagues in Caring.  In Hawai`i, it was called the Community Initiative on Nursing in Hawai`i (CINH) and has resulted in ongoing work to forecast the supply of nurses for our state.  The efforts of the many individuals involved in the work of CINH have resulted in a solid foundation for the Center which is positioned to become a powerful catalyst for change.  The Center serves as an infrastructure to bridge the various worlds of practice, policy, education and research.  Data will be utilized to inform and support strategic, statewide workforce development.

As the hub of statewide strategic planning and data collection, the Center supports proactive workforce planning; fosters recruitment initiatives; and evaluates and disseminates strategies that will lead to higher levels of job satisfaction and improved retention among nurses.  The Center will build coalitions across the broad spectrum of stakeholders in our state and will facilitate the efforts of the many individuals and groups already involved.

Functions for the Center for Nursing (as mandated by the Legislature) include:

- Collect and analyze data and prepare and disseminate written reports and recommendations regarding the current and future status and trends of the nursing workforce

- Conduct research on best practices and quality outcomes

- Develop a plan for implementing strategies to recruit and retain nurses

- Research, analyze and report data related to the retention of the nursing workforce

Our website is designed to be a resource and to provide information about the Center with the hope that you will GET INVOLVED in this important and exciting work. I look forward to working with each and every one of you!

Barbara P. Mathews, MS, RN, CNAA
Executive Director
Hawai`i State Center for Nursing


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