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Hawaii State Center for Nursing

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

Ph: (808) 956-5211
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Our Mandate (s)
The Hawai’i State Center for Nursing was established by the Hawai’i State Legislature in 2003 “to address nursing workforce issues” (Act 198, HB 422).


[§304D-3] Functions of the Center

The center for nursing shall:

(1) Collect and analyze data and prepare and disseminate written reports and recommendations regarding the current and future status and trends of the nursing workforce:

(2) Conduct research on best practice and quality outcomes;

(3) Develop a plan for implementing strategies to recruit and retain nurses; and

(4) Research, analyze, and report data related to the retention of the nursing workforce.


Our Vision

The Hawai’i State Center for Nursing will be a nationally recognized leader in workforce planning, nursing research and professional practice.  The Center will be recognized as a source of reliable information on existing and emerging trends in nursing.  The Center will be viewed as a dynamic and respected champion for the nursing profession. Thinking strategically, acting collaboratively, and seeking synergistic solutions will be hallmarks of the Center.


Our Mission

To assure that the State of Hawai’i has the nursing resources necessary to meet the health care needs of its people.


Core Values

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

  • Excellence. We value excellence in the provision of evidence based nursing practice.

  • Accessibility. We value accessibility to quality nursing care for the people of Hawai’i.

  • Collaboration. We value collaboration within the nursing profession, our community and state in the spirit of consensus building and teamwork.

  • Innovation. We value innovation and creativity that leads to the development of ideas that ensure the best possible delivery of care.

  • Cultural Diversity.  We value a professional workforce that respects and reflects our culturally diverse population.

  • Education.  We value the knowledge and experience gained through all levels of nursing education and lifelong learning.


Goal 1
Serve as an information resource that addresses the trends and status of the nursing workforce and conduct a comprehensive research program focusing on best practices and quality outcomes



    1. Complete Annual Survey on Educational Capacity

    2. Utilizing 2005-2020 projections, provide information that reflects current trends in the nursing workforce

    3. Develop scenarios to estimate the  impact of specific factors on the nursing shortage

    4. Utilizing data from the 5-year longitudinal survey of new graduate registered nurses, provide information and recommend strategies to increase retention

    5. Utilizing data from the RN turnover survey, provide information and recommend strategies to increase retention

    6. Evaluate the impact of leadership training programs and new graduate registered nurse residency program


Goal 2
Develop and implement a comprehensive marketing plan to promote the image of nursing as a desirable profession



  1. Develop broad based understanding of the nursing shortage leading to increased partnerships and support for nursing

  2. Increase and promote awareness of the mission and accomplishments of the Center

  3. Design and implement a recruiting plan that targets elementary, middle and high school students

  4. Attract and increase the numbers of men and other underrepresented minorities to the profession


Goal 3
Develop strategies, initiatives and recommendations for recruitment, education, and retention of nurses and nursing faculty



  • Make leadership training available  to current and future nursing leaders

  • Develop and make available an evidenced based residency program for new graduate registered nurses

  • Develop and make available a preceptor training program

  • Implement annual statewide career fair for student nurses  enabling a more successful transition into Hawai’i’s nursing workforce

  • Complete Hawai’i Partners in Nursing grant funded demonstration project and secure funding to expand successful aspects of the project to additional sites

  • Support legislation and public policy to increase educational capacity


Goal 4
Utilizing the Center’s role as a credible and independent resource, convene key stakeholders and groups to focus on strategies and positive outcomes



  • Develop and support legislation and public policies that will have a positive effect on the education, recruitment and retention of registered nurses and improve the quality of  care

  • Broaden funding support through partnerships and grants to expand Center activities

  • Develop and implement a plan for the nursing workforce to assure that health care needs of Hawai’i’s people are met 


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