As COVID-19 cases surge in Hawai‘i, UH Hilo School of Nursing responds

All available nurses and recent nursing graduates are encouraged to complete an online survey to help identify individuals interested in recruitment for needed healthcare positions. 

Nurse with mask and face shield. 

Hawai‘i is seeing an increasing number of people hospitalized for COVID-19. The Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i (HAH) recently put out a press release regarding the urgent need for more nurses in Hawai‘i, especially on O‘ahu. Healthcare facilities are looking to hire nurses and graduate nurses (licensed or unlicensed) to meet this need.

HAH and the Hawai‘i State Center for Nursing (HSCN) is encouraging all available nurses and recent nursing graduates to complete an online survey to help identify individuals interested in recruitment for healthcare positions. The survey data will be shared with employers across the state seeking to hire new graduate nurses.

All available nurses, including spring and summer 2020 graduates from a licensed practical nurse program, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree program in nursing, and graduate entry program in nursing students who completed their prelicensure year of education in August 2020, are encouraged to respond to this call for employment by completing the recruitment survey.

Joan Pagan
Joan Pagan

“In an effort to assist with this great need, the UH Hilo School of Nursing notified all recent nursing graduates of this employment opportunity and encouraged them to complete the survey,” says Joan Pagan, director and associate professor of nursing at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

Immediate staffing needs include:

  • Long term care
  • Medical surgical
  • Telemetry
  • ICU and critical care

All recent graduates, even if they have not yet taken the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN licensing exams, are needed to work in a variety of nursing roles, and not necessarily with COVID-19 patients.

The state has waived license requirements during the emergency proclamation period to allow new nursing graduates to work to their full scope of practice immediately upon graduation. This provision enables the nursing workforce to respond to and support the nursing needs as the number of COVID-19 cases has increased.

The survey, sponsored by HSCN, HAH, and Hawai‘i Healthcare Emergency Management, a subsidiary of HAH, will be shared with employers in Hawai‘i who will reach out to respondents for employment opportunities.

 

-Based on news releases from the Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i, the Hawai‘i State Center for Nursing, and UH System News.