Governor releases $1.75m to ease nursing shortage

Posted on Nov 8, 2022 in Capitol Connection, Featured, Main

Gov. Ige and UH president David Lassner with legislators, nursing school officials and students.

 

Thanks to $1.75 million recently released by the governor, the University of Hawai‘i will be able to double the intake of nursing students into its programs, according to UH officials. “Nursing and health care access are critical to public safety,” said Governor Ige at a press conference last month. “No point was made stronger than during the last two and a half years of the COVID pandemic. Nurses were at the forefront — from vaccine awareness to direct patient care.”

The UH system will now be able to accept more students because of the added funds to hire 39 more clinical nursing instructors at UH Mānoa, UH Hilo and several community colleges. “This is a huge boost to our capacity and ability to serve the state,” said UH President David Lassner. Hawai‘i currently has 1,000 vacancies for nurses, according to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

 

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