New data from the Hawai‘i’ State Center for Nursing offers a detailed perspective on the impact of nursing faculty shortages on the overall statewide health workforce. The 2020-2021 Hawai‘i’ State Nurse Education Capacity Report analyzed 8 nursing schools based on enrollment capacity, graduation, faculty, and other factors.      Although the Center produces annual reports, … Read more

Governor David Ige this week approved and signed into effect emergency rules authorizing out-of-state nurses to temporarily practice in Hawaiʻi upon meeting certain requirements without applying for and obtaining a license. Enacted through the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, the rules amend Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules Chapter 16-89, to allow for nurses to practice temporarily … Read more

Workforce shortages exacerbated by the COVID pandemic are pushing Hawaii hospitals to call for emergency rules that would remove licensure barriers for providers coming in from the mainland. If put in place, the rules would last 120 days and allow nurses licensed in other states to come and work in Hawaii for up to 90 … Read more

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) this month announced Colleen Leopoldino would join as the Manager of Workforce Development. In this role, Leopoldino will work with HAH’s Healthcare Workforce Initiative (HWI) as the liaison to high school programs and other workforce programs.  HWI produced its first report in 2019, which spurred actions to improve the … Read more

Hawaii legislators are working to pass dozens of health bills in preparation for the second decking deadline on April 8th. Recent movement in the legislature included bills that address telehealth, substance use, and the rural health workforce.     Health insurance coverage and reimbursement Several bills were referred to the House Committee on Health, Human … Read more