Unlike many parts of the United States, Hawaii is not suffering from shortage of nurses as heavily as other states are. In fact, it is really not clear whether Hawaii is experiencing shortage of nurses or not, but whether it has shortage of nurses or not, Hawaii still must always have a steady number of sufficient nurses to be sure that all the health care needs of the residents of the said state will always be met.
The state of Hawaii has about four schools which are recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, but even so around 302 students who are very much qualified to enter the program of nursing were refused to join the nursing program because of the fact that there is a shortage in nurse educators. Perhaps the need of Hawaii that must be addressed right away is the lack nurse educators who will be the ones to provide the necessary training and skills to the future nurses of the state.
When this concern is resolved the soonest time, then the state will probably not have any problems in the future about having shortage of nurses because the students who will be studying nursing will serve after they graduate from the nursing program. Nurses are always needed by the society because of so many factors. One of the reasons why more nurses are wanted is because of the reality that the population is rising and at the same time, a lot of the members of Hawaii’s population is also advancing in years.
More than the already mentioned factors, other reasons why there is always a need for nurses is because of health concerns such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease and also high blood pressure among many others. Aside from health concerns and the aging population as well as the increase in its number, the current employees that make up the work force are also approaching their retirement age. Because of this, new nurses must be ready to fill in the vacancies that will be left behind by those who will be retiring in the near future.
It is also said that the current staff of the health care industry in Hawaii needs to work harder and at the same time are obliged to work for longer hours in order to address the health needs of the people. Since only about 5.2% of the nurses are APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurses), incentives are being offered to the nurses who need to further their education.
In the state of Hawaii, nurses tend to work in the rural settings as well aside from hospitals which distributes the nurses all throughout the state. Another reality in Hawaii is that around 60.58% of the population reside in medically underserved areas which means that this percentage of the population is not receiving proper health care services.
Nurses in Hawaii get an average salary of $80,020 and good salaries are experienced in areas such as Ewa Beach, Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului, Kaneohe, Pearl City as well an in Waipahu. It is true that the salary in Hawaii is high, but it is perhaps just enough to compensate for its high cost of living.
When there are already enough nurse educators to fulfill the learning needs of the students, then the students can study a nursing program in Hawaii because there are definitely a lot of good schools in the state where students can expect to receive high quality of education. Some of the best schools in Hawaii are the following:
- Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813 U.S.A.
One of the best schools in Hawaii is the Hawaii Pacific University which is a small not for profit college that is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. This university was established in 1965 and offers various degrees such as certificates, bachelor’s and also master’s which is available in five of its nursing programs.
The tuition fee for the Hawaii Pacific University is pretty high and the average cost is about $21,000 per year. The tuition though depend on the program of the student. The area of Hawaii Pacific University is safe and they actually have a superior rating for on- campus security. This university ranks number 125 in the list of nursing schools in the United States and is known as the best university in Hawaii.
Hawaii Pacific University is in competition with schools such as University of Hawaii which is in Honolulu as well as Kapiolani Community College which is located also in Honolulu.
- University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall
Webster Hall, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Another university that offers quality education in Hawaii is the University of Hawaii at Manoa which is a large public college. The University of Hawaii at Manoa can be found in Honolulu, Hawaii and has been giving good education to students since its foundation in 1907.
This university offers different programs such as bachelor’s, master’s as well as doctoral in two of the university’s nursing programs. The cost of education for the University of Hawaii at Manoa is also a bit pretty high where the average tuition fee is about $28,000 for a whole academic year.
The university’s environment is somewhat not safe and in fact has a bad evaluation for personal safety. The University of Hawaii at Manoa is on the 197th list of nursing schools in the United States and is considered the second best university in Hawaii. It is also at par with other schools such as the University of Hawaii and the Kapiolani Community College which are both in Honolulu.
- Kapiolani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816
For those students with limited budget but would still like to get quality of education, a rather affordable university is the Kapiolani Community College which is a small public college that was founded in 1946. This modest university offers different degrees such as certificates and associate’s which is available in two of its nursing programs.
The tuition fee for Kapiolani Community College is definitely not expensive and costs around $9,000 only for the whole school year. The area of this university is relatively safe and has a good evaluation for campus crime. This university ranks number 774 in the list of nursing schools in the United States and is considered as the third best university in the state of Hawaii.
Kapiolani Community College is at par with other schools such as Hawaii Pacific University and also University of Hawaii both located in Honolulu. This college is certainly one of the best choices in Hawaii because it is without a doubt very affordable and yet provides quality education.
- University of Hawaii in Hilo
200 W. Kāwili St., Hilo, HI 96720-4091
Another option for a good university if planning to study in Hawaii is the University of Hawaii in Hilo. This small public college is located in Hilo, Hawaii and has been offering good quality of education since it was established in 1941. The University of Hawaii in Hilo only offers a bachelor’s degree.
The cost of education for the University of Hawaii in Hilo is somewhat expensive as it averagely costs about $20,000 for one whole academic year.
The location of this university is pretty dangerous and in fact has a poor rating in terms of on- campus security. In the list of nursing schools in the United States, the University of Hawaii in Hilo ranks number 810 and is one of the top 5 schools in the state of Hawaii.
The University of Hawaii in Hilo is in competition with Hawaii Community College which is also located in Hilo.
- University of Hawaii Maui College
310 Ka’ahumanu Ave
Kahului, HI 96732-1617
The University of Hawaii Maui College is also another good choice when planning to pursue a degree in nursing in Hawaii. This university is a small public college that is situated in Kahului, Hawaii and was founded in 1966. The University of Hawaii Maui College provides good quality of education and offers various programs which includes programs in nursing.
This university offers various degrees as well such as certificates and also associate’s which is available in two of the university’s nursing programs. The tuition fee for the University of Hawaii Maui College is priced reasonably with an average of $12,000 for a year.
The location of this university is safe and actually has a fair evaluation in terms of on- campus security. In the list of the nursing schools in the entire United States, the University of Hawaii Maui College ranks number 1,065 and belongs to the top 5 schools in the state of Hawaii.
This university is at par with schools such as Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Hawaii both in Honolulu.
There are certainly so many good schools in Hawaii where students can earn their degree from, and the cost of education varies depending on the school and the program of the student. Various courses are also offered and among the programs include nursing programs. The need for more nurse educators must be addressed the soonest time so that more students may be encouraged to take up nursing and after graduation, they will be able to be part of the nursing work force.