The current state of Hawaii nursing jobs:
Hawaii nursing careers are considered to be a very high-stress way of making a living right now on the islands. Hospitals have cut back on traditional staffs, replacing some employee positions with unlicensed aide personnel who are then monitored by the nurses along with the nurses having increased computer chores, paperwork functions, and their normal job duties to patients to perform.
Many new nurses in Hawaii are having problems finding a job, while nursing job shortages exist all over the islands. Healthcare facilities have taken the position that more money can be saved by training aide help under experienced nurses than will happen if new nurses are allowed into the healthcare systems to gain experience.
The Hawaii nursing programs are shorthanded on instructors just like many other areas of the country. As the baby-boomers retire out of this nurses teaching profession, new nurses are reluctant to enter into teaching because other areas of nursing employment pay more money and Hawaii has their high cost of living to contend with.
Hawaii nursing jobs outlook for the future:
Hawaii nursing careers in the future may include more shortages than are being experienced today if the seasoned nurses are being given jobs that continue to include an extremely high stress load. While nurses in Hawaii are attempting to take care of a large patient load, and watch over unlicensed helpers, their nursing license hangs on the line if anything goes wrong while their shifts are in progress. Many nurses in Hawaii quit their jobs during their first year in service and relocate off of the islands for jobs.
Hawaii nursing programs are experiencing problems in overloads. More nursing students want to take classes than the institutions can comfortably support. These schools can not expand without finding qualified nursing instructors to help in this endeavor. Nursing schools all over America are having problems finding qualified instructors willing to take on the job of advanced healthcare trainings.
While nobody can predict what the future may bring, many believe that Hawaii will need to realign the way that the healthcare profession is handling their new nurses so that there are ways made available to move these people into the job openings that are available today, and future job openings that the baby-boomer retirements will bring.