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News spotlight: Residency program aids impending need for nurses

Nurse Leader Insider, May 9, 2011

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In the coming years, the demand for nurses is projected to increase as the wealth of baby boomers, including RNs and educators, prepare for retirement.

That’s why the Hawaii State Center for Nursing is collaborating with some of Hawaii’s biggest hospitals to implement the state’s first nurse residency program this summer in hopes to keep more nurses in the profession. The program will give new nurse graduates a chance to acquire necessary experience needed to obtain a job in today’s competitive market, as well as train them in other specialty areas.

According to the center’s executive director, national turnover rates for new nurses can be as high as 20 percent in the first 18 months on the job.

The participating employers include Hawaii?Pacific Health, the Queen's?Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, Castle?Medical Center and Hawaii Health Systems Corp, as well as the University of Hawaii, Chaminade University and Hawaii Pacific?University.

Source: Star Advertiser

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