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JULY 2016

Mahalo to Hawaiʻi's Legislators!

Thank you Honorable Governor Ige and our esteemed Legislators of Hawai`i. The 2016 Legislative Session was an incredible session for nurses. Here's a recap of the nursing bills the HSCN was tracking this legislative session. For a full list of nursing bills, visit: 

Writing for Publication Workshop


The Hawai`i State Center for Nursing and The Queen’s Medical Center are pleased to report that the second Writing for Publication Workshop was another great success!

Nurses impact patient care in so many positive ways, but often lack the time and support to disseminate their findings to a wider audience. This six-month workshop offered the needed structure to successfully prepare a manuscript by breaking the work into small, manageable writing assignments. Each month for six months, the lessons and assignments were divided into parts of a typical manuscript: introduction, methods, results, discussion, and conclusion. The final draft of each manuscript was submitted on the sixth session. Three faculty served as editors and provided written and verbal feedback for each written assignment.

After six months of hard work, ten teams of nurses are now in the process of submitting their completed manuscripts to the journal of their choice. And what great stories! Whether the project used a quality improvement, evidence-based practice (EBP), or research method, these nurses are transforming patient care.

For example, two teams wrote about methods to reduce readmissions – one for patients with diabetes and the other for patients with substance abuse. Another team successfully reduced the use of sitters to prevent patient falls, thereby reducing costs without an increase in fall rates. Two teams will be disseminating best practices for system-wide improvements to sepsis management and end-of-life care; another author conducted a study on predictors of code status for patients with heart failure. Improvements to nursing care for patients with obstructive sleep apnea, adolescents who’ve experienced trauma, and prisoners with mental health diagnoses are the focus of three other manuscripts. And the tenth manuscript describes one method to improve the safety culture on an acute care unit that also resulted in an increase in nurse satisfaction.

Congratulations to these authors for taking the plunge into the world of publication! Stay tuned for our next writing workshop - contact us if you’re interested at or visit website for more information about EBP and Writing Workshops. 

Participant Feedback

"Every time I came I got more enlightened and motivated to complete the manuscript. Very positive & wonderful feedback. Awesome! I would highly recommend others to do this course."
"I want to really thank you for all the help and guidance you have all provided to us. :)  This is an amazing opportunity and the best experience ever."
"Going forward, I can consider publishing other projects and also be helpful to others who are thinking of publishing, using the knowledge from this course."

In the News

Scope of practice: How can we expand access to care?

Last month, POLITICO convened a working group of high-level voices to look at changes in scope of practice, including Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants. The group identified trends and policy options around scope of practice, and to detect changes unfolding because of new health care delivery models. Read the full article here: 


United States Health Care Reform

Special Release: President Barack Obama on Progress to Date and Next Steps. Read full article here:

Upcoming Events

Save the Date
Will Weinstein Ethics Conversation Series
"Medical Ethics"
July 12, 2016
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2016 Hawaii Health Workforce Summit
"Striking a Balance for Healthcare Providers"
September 10, 2016
Register here

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2016 AONE-ACHE-HSCN Hawai`i Annual Conference
"Leadership In Action: Partnering for Success"
November 9-10, 2016
Click here for more information.
Save the Date
2016 Family Planing Conference,
"Family Planning and Your Patients: National Perspectives, Local Applications".
December 09, 2016.
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