ABOUT The Center
Established by the Legislature in 2003 by Act 198, the Center was founded “to address nursing workforce issues. This legislative mandate guides our endeavors.
Specifically, the Center shall:
- Collect and analyze data and prepare and disseminate written reports and recommendations regarding the current and future status and trends of the nursing workforce;
- Conduct research on best practices and quality outcomes;
- Develop a plan for implementing strategies to recruit and retain nurses; and
- Research, analyze and report data related to the retention of the nursing workforce.
The Governor appoints an Advisory Board that provides direction and supports accomplishments related to the Center’s goals. Additionally, community partners throughout the State participate in implementing innovative programs to meet the needs of Hawaiʻi’s nursing workforce and the community.
The Center is located at the University of Hawaiʻi School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and reports to the Dean. The Center is supported by the nurses of Hawaiʻi through a Center for nursing fee.
Responding to the mandate to develop a plan for implementing strategies to recruit and retain nurses, the Center aims to develop plans to address priority areas based on state workforce research and national best practices. As part of the Center’s commitment to implementing strategies to recruit and retain nurses, the Center leads the coordination of the Hawaii Clinical Placement Collaborative (HCPC) and continues nursing student clinical placement optimization through the Centralized Clinical Placement System (CCPS).