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Hawaii State Center for Nursing

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Nursing Education and Practice:
Building Partnerships to Ensure a Stable Nursing Workforce in Hawai’i

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Introduction | Nursing Workforce Shortage | Opportunities & Challenge

Strategies | Partnership | Summary & References | Summit Planning Group

Spotlight on UH System


Spotlight on University of Hawaii System
Nursing Shortage Initiatives

While many organizations throughout Hawaii have developed their own programs, this is just a sampling of the initiatives from within the University of Hawaii's system.

Hawaii Community College - http://www.hawcc.hawaii.edu/nursing

Utilizing Technology to Foster a Stronger Alumni Network

This June HCC will be celebrating its nursing program’s thirtieth birthday with a reunion party. Interested alums can visit the school’s website to learn more, RSVP, and volunteer for the event.

Kapi`olani Community College - http://programs.kcc.hawaii.edu/health/nursing/index.htm

Establishing International Faculty Reciprocal Training Programs

In January Hawai`i Governor Linda Lingle signed an agreement with Ilocos Sur Governor Luis Singson creating a partnership between KCC and the University of Northern Philippines which is hoped will help provide a short term solution for the need for qualified nursing instructors in both regions. Faculty members from KCC will travel to the Philippines to help their counterparts develop stronger curriculums and improve teaching techniques. Faculty members from the Philippines who choose to visit KCC to learn more about new technology will then return home to implement their new skills.

Kauai Community College - http://www.kauaicc.hawaii.edu/nursing/hed/

Providing Caring Faculty and “User-Friendly” Educational Opportunities

The faculty on Kauai “believes that ALL levels of nursing are important and contribute to the health care system in diverse and meaningful ways.” As such, they understand that students may need “user-friendly entry and exit points in pursuing a nursing career and that there should be academic and career recognition and opportunity at each level. Accordingly, the faculty is committed to providing an educational system that meets these goals through a career ladder that first prepares the student for LPN licensure, then RN licensure, and finally provides easy transfer into BS education and beyond.”

Maui Community College - www.hawaii.edu/maui/nursing/

Targeting New Student Populations

MCC has created a website devoted to “Maui Men Who Dare to Care” to encourage more men to enter into the field of nursing. Visitors should explore the “Guy Talk” page which features testimonials from a diverse group of men, complete with QuickTime video clips!

Providing Diverse Career Pathways that Recognize Education and its Relationship to Practice.

Maui’s NLNAC accredited Career Ladder PN/ADN Nursing Program guides students through three possible competencies: Nurse Aide, Practical Nurse, or Registered Nurse, all of which have a “strong acute care and community based clinical focus.”

Sharing Faculty and Redesigning Learning Using Technology

Students wishing to further their studies can take advantage of the NLN accredited Bachelor of Science (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs available through the University Center-Maui Community College from UH Manoa Nursing School on HITS (Hawaii Interactive Television System.

University of Hawaii at Hilo - http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu/depts/nursing/

Collaborating to Recruit, Retain and Expand Enrollment Welcome Potlucks and Orientation Meetings

This fall UH Hilo hosted a Welcome Potluck and a Junior Orientation Meeting. Holding information sessions such as these where administrators, faculty members, and have the opportunity to meet in informal circumstances and get to know each other will go a long way in building a positive, trustfilled environment.

University of Hawaii at Manoa - http://www.nursing.hawaii.edu/

Accelerated Progression Programs

In order to attract individuals interested in a career change, SONDH is offering a “Fast-Track” program that will enable individuals who already have a prior bachelor’s degree in another field to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing in just 18 months.

Masters Degree Programs

Interested students can pursue either a Masters in Pediatric Health or Nursing Education. It is hoped that providing advanced education and training opportunities will help improve provider care as well as the overall coordination of care in the future.

Innovative New Online PhD Program

This new program is designed to both educate practitioners and educators and “will prepare visionary scholars who are capable of conducting culturally appropriate clinical scholarship to improve the health of a diverse society and teaching in nursing educational programs (especially those with minority student populations).”

The majority of the coursework focuses on knowledge development and clinical scholarship, but does require course in nursing education as well.


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