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Hawaii's Health in the
Balance: A Report on the State
of the Nursing Workforce

Executive Summary
Snapshot of Nursing Supply
and Demand
Factors Influencing RN
Supply and Demand
Public Health Stakes
Hawaii's Efforts
Call to Action & Conclusion
Taskforce Members

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Hawai'i's Health in the Balance:
A Report on the State of the Nursing Workforce, October 2004
(download pdf file)


Hawai‘i Nursing Shortage Taskforce


The Hawai‘i Nursing Shortage Taskforce, chaired by Julie E. Johnson, Dean of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, is a coalition of nursing educators, healthcare administrators, provider and professional organizations, state and government agencies, and others committed to addressing Hawai‘i’s nursing shortage. A listing of Hawai‘i Nursing Shortage Taskforce members is included at the end of this report.The Taskforce was formed in October 2003 to study and provide recommendations as to how Hawai‘i can work to reduce the nursing workforce shortage throughout the State. The problem will be further studied by the Hawai‘i State Center for Nursing and the healthcare industry. Support will be sought from State Government Officials in resolving this issue which is so important to the citizens of Hawai‘i.




This report was prepared by Charissa R. Raynor, an independent consultant, under contract with the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and in conjunction with the Hawai‘i Nursing Shortage Taskforce. Research for and production of this report were supported by the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, the Hawai‘i State Center for Nursing, the Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Pacific Health, Kapi‘olani Medical Center, and the Queen’s Medical Center.The author wishes to thank Marla Acosta of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene for overseeing publication of the report and Dr. John Packham of the University of Nevada for reviewing the report.


Hawai‘i Nursing Shortage Taskforce Members

Stacey Arakawa, RN, MSN, Director of Nursing, Maui Memorial Medical Center

Grace Blodgett, MSN, MBA, PhD, Vice President and Campus Director / Susie Gabriel, MSN, Campus College Chair for Nursing; University of Phoenix, Hawai‘i Campus

Rose Mary Bucher, RN, MS, Former Vice President & Chief Nurse Executive / Suzann Filleul, BSN, MBA, Vice President & Chief Nurse Executive, Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children

Terri J. Byers, Vice President, Long Term Care Division, Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i

Richard W. Carmichael, APRN Rx, MS, MPH, Director, Kaua‘i Community College Nursing Program, University of Hawai‘i

Julie E. Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

May Kanemoto, BSN, MPH, MSN, Chairperson, Nursing Department, Kapi‘olani Community College, University of Hawai‘i

Dale Kennedy, RN, BSN, MPA, President, American Organization of Nurse Executives – Hawai‘i Chapter

Barbara P. Mathews, MSN, RN, CNAA, Vice President, Patient Care/CNO, The Queen’s Medical Center

Richard E. Meiers, CHE, President and CEO, Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i

Adele Mitchell, RN, Retired Nurse

Ruth K. Ota, RN, MPH, Chief, Public Health Nursing Branch, Hawai‘i State Department of Health

Rose Ann Poyzer, RN, BSN, MPH, Vice President, Home Care and Hospice Division, Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i

Carol Winters-Moorhead, PhD, RN, Professor and Dean, School of Nursing / Patricia Lange-Otsuka, EdD, MSN, APRN, BC, Associate Dean of Nursing for Administration, School of Nursing, Hawai‘i Pacific University

Kathleen L. Yokouchi, Executive Officer, Board of Nursing, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Professional and Vocational Licensing Administrative Branch


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