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Registered Nurse Survey 2007
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Hawaii's Health in the Balance: A Report on the State of the Nursing Workforce

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ANNUAL REPORT 2007 (download pdf file)

Archives: 2005 | 2006

Dear Governor Lingle and State Legislators:


The Hawai’i State Center for Nursing is pleased to submit this report summarizing our activities and accomplishments over the past year.

The Center was established by the Legislature in 2003 by Act 198 (HB 422 HD2, SD2, CD1, SB2072). The Center’s functions are to:
1) Collect and analyze data and to prepare and disseminate written reports and recommendations regarding the current and future status and trends of the nursing workforce;
2) Conduct research on best practices and quality outcomes;
3) Develop a plan for implementing strategies to recruit and retain nurses;
4) Research, analyze and report data related to the retention of the nursing workforce.

The strategic plan which was developed by the Advisory Board in 2004 incorporates these functions.

The Center has continued operations with a full complement of staff including an Executive Director, two half time PhD Nurse Researchers and an Administrative Assistant. The Advisory Board provides active oversight of all activities and guidance in the accomplishment of Center goals.

In 2007, the Center has focused on the following activities:
1. A supply survey was completed in collaboration with the Board of Nursing. This online survey was also sent, along with general information on the nursing shortage, via hard copy to all registered nurses listed as licensed in Hawai’i. A forty percent response rate was achieved and provides demographic details of the current nursing workforce and projected shortage. A full report is being printed.
2. A Fact Sheet on Hawai’i’s nursing shortage has been updated to provide the most recent data on the nursing shortage.
3. The annual Educational Capacity Report on the educational capacity of 100% of the schools of nursing in Hawai’i was completed and distributed to stakeholders.
4. The Hawai’i Partners in Nursing Project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation continues to be implemented. This partnership between the HMSA Foundation and the Hawaii State Center for Nursing focuses on recruitment and retention of nurses in the long term care setting. Nine statewide partners have worked diligently to implement all three arms of the project.
5. A 5-year longitudinal study of new graduate registered nurses is ongoing. This study will identify issues in new graduate turnover and best practices in retention.
6. A Nurse Leadership Training Program was developed and conducted as a pilot program for two groups of staff nurses (a total of 71) from acute care hospitals representing Hawai’i, Maui, Kauai and Oahu. Successful feedback has resulted in interest and support from hospitals and health systems allowing the program to become self sustaining.
7. The Center was an active participant in the 5th Annual Conference of State Nursing workforce Centers, “Taking the long View”. We were honored to be part of a distinguished group of nursing leaders and presented our Hawai’i Partners in Nursing project on two panels and a poster session.
8. The Advisory Board held a one day retreat to update the Strategic Plan. Additional stakeholder input and feedback will be gathered over the next year.
9. A New Graduate Nurse Internship Program is being developed with a standardized curriculum for preceptor training and education. A consultant and the originator of the Vermont Nurse Internship Project, is engaged to conduct a workshop for representatives of acute care hospitals statewide. A pilot project is in the design phase.
10. A Nursing Workforce Summit was held in December, 2007 to include statewide stakeholders in developing strategies for a stronger nursing workforce. There were 107 registered nurses from across the state who participated including 30 from the neighbor islands. Specific goals are being identified for future action.

The Advisory Board and the staff of the Hawai’i State Center for Nursing would like to thank Dean Mary Boland at the University of Hawai’i School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene for her collaboration, guidance and support.


Respectfully Submitted by,


Joan White, MBA, RN

Chair, Advisory Board

Hawai’i State Center for Nursing


Barbara P. Mathews, MS, APRN, CNAA
Executive Director
Hawai’i State Center for Nursing


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