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Registered Nurse Survey '07
Nurse Staffing &
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Projected RN Workforce in Hawaii 2005 - 2020
Nursing Education Programs
2005 - 2006
Nursing Education & Practice
Hawaii's Health in the
Balance: A Report on the
State of the Nursing Workforce

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Nursing Education Programs 2005 - 2006
September 2007
(download pdf file)

Archive: 2004 - 2005

Abstract & Background | Types of Nursing Program Capacity, App, Enrollment

Licensed Practical Nurse | Registered Nurse | Graduate Nursing

Comparison of Students | Faculty | Issues & Discussion

Conclusion & References




The immediate capacity of nursing education programs to accept students is determined by a number of different factors such as the availability of faculty, facilities, and clinical placement opportunities. Survey findings related to faculty in Hawaii’s nursing programs indicates that 68% of fulltime faculty are 50 years or older and the vacancy rates for fulltime faculty positions in nursing education programs are 15%.

Programs such as BS in nursing over the last few years have seen an increase in the number of students enrolled and graduating. However, in the 2005-06 school year, the number of qualified student applicants not being enrolled continues to be significant. According to the aggregate data available for the nursing education programs at these institutions:
• LPN programs report 62% (131) of qualified applicants were not enrolled.
• Ladder programs report 60% (122) of qualified applicants were not enrolled.
• ADN programs report 70% (210) of qualified applicants were not enrolled.
• Pre-licensed BSN programs report 27% (45) of qualified applicants to public institutions were not enrolled.

• MSN programs report 29% (29) of qualified applicants were not enrolled.
• PhD programs report 31% (5) of qualified applicants were not enrolled.

Nursing programs cannot increase current production without continuing to increase nursing faculty and develop and implement measures that redesign how we do business. One such measure in response to education capacity issues is the University of Hawaii statewide nursing consortium. The undergraduate nursing curriculum and learning strategies is being redesigned to increase flexibility and accessibility across the UH system. How this initiative will impact capacity and the supply of nurses requires evaluation on implementation.

In 2006 the Hawaii State Legislature supported funding for seventeen additional faculty positions for UH nursing programs. This further increase in faculty will aid in increasing enrolments by approximately 30%. However further policy measures and strategies are required to adequately address the growing nursing shortage in Hawaii.


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