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Be Counted: Hawai'i's nurses excel at leadership, so let's prove it!
Do you know one of Hawai‘i’s hidden secrets? Nurses are both at the forefront of clinical care delivery, and at the decision-making table for many health care delivery and professional organizations. 
Why does this matter? The National Nurses on Board Coalition’s (NOBC) mission is to improve the health of communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards and other bodies. NOBC believes, as do I, that the fiduciary responsibility of governing boards goes beyond financial health to include the quality and safety of care. Nurse leaders can balance the business of health care with clinical and patient outcomes, and provide needed diversity in voices: as patient advocates and as clinical experts often underrepresented on boards, among others.
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Congratulations, Hawai'i Nurses!

The Healthcare Association of Hawai'i (HAH) will be holding its annual Awards & Scholarship Gala on October 26, 2019, at Ko'olau Ballrooms in Kaneohe.  At this event, outstanding members of our healthcare workforce will be recognized for their commitment to the profession.  The Center congratulates all awardees and Healthcare Heroes.  We would like to recognize the following members of our nursing community:
  • Brandy Boyce, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Hawaii Healthcare Hero
  • Laura Bonilla, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Leadership Award
  • Mohammad Khalil, Pali Momi Medical Center, Professional with Heart

Free Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Training and Professional Development Resources

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has partnered with SAMHSA’s Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS), to provide free Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) training and professional development resources for NHSC behavioral health clinicians and potential program applicants. Clinicians providing substance use disorder (SUD) or opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment are eligible.
The NHSC-PCSS collaboration connects providers to MAT training in several formats at no cost. Physicians, nurse practitioners (NP), physician assistants (PA) and certified nurse-midwives (CNM) may complete the training and request a Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waiver. With the waiver, clinicians can dispense or prescribe narcotic medications like buprenorphine in settings other than an opioid treatment program (OTP).
Why should clinicians obtain the DATA 2000 waiver?

  • To be a part of the solution to our nation’s opioid epidemic.
  • To help increase access to comprehensive SUD treatment in rural and underserved areas.
  • To become a priority applicant to some NHSC loan repayment programs.
  • To become eligible for the Loan Repayment Program Continuation Contract MAT Award Enhancement as a current NHSC member in an eligible discipline.

The PCSS also offers free mentoring services to support behavioral health providers by telephone, email, or in person.

New Hawai'i School Health Requirements

Beginning July 1, 2020, additional immunizations will be required for students entering childcare or preschool, kindergarten, 7th grade, and post-secondary schools, and all students entering school in Hawaii for the first time, regardless of age. The updated immunization requirements conform with current national recommendations and reflect what occurs in healthcare provider offices and clinics in Hawaii as a standard medical practice.

Click here for more information and a complete list of required vaccinations.


Hawai'i Nurse Leader Elected to National Board of Nursing Association
Rose Hata, DNP, MBA, RN, APRN, CCRN, CNS,  has been elected to a three-year term as a director on the national board for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the largest specialty nursing organization in the world with more than 120,000 members.  Dr. Hata is currently the director of Queen Emma Nursing Institute at The Queen’s Medical Center and a member of the Center's Advisory Board.  Congratulations, Dr. Hata!  Full Press Release
UH Manoa's GEPN Program Organizes Community Project to Collect Toiletries and Supplies for Kapi'olani Medical Center
The Graduate Entry in Nursing Program (GEPN) Student Advisory Council (SAC) of Cohort 11 organized a community project to collect toiletries and supplies for Kapiolani Medical Center (KMC). GEPN SAC selected KMC to be the recipients of their donation drive because they are the only acute care facility that every GEPN clinical group has been to at least once. Cohort 11 collected donations to benefit KMC pediatric patients and their families. The SAC coordinated with the KMC playroom staff and the philanthropy department and received an approved list of donation items.  Continue Reading


2019 Leadership in Action Conference
November 14-15, 2019
The Kahala Hotel & Resort
Honolulu, Hawai'i
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Webinar Series - Real Stories with Real Impacts: What Worked for Accelerating Initiative Teams
October 2019 - June 2020
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For two years, 16 schools of nursing and their universities have partnered with community-based organizations to deliver new models of healthcare and education to benefit the people served, students, and systems.  Now the results of these successful partnerships have been released and are available to you!

Continuing Competency Update

The Hawaii Board of Nursing will be sending out letters via the U.S. Postal Service notifying nurses selected for audit.  Please ensure the mailing address attached to your license is current.
For more information visit the Board of Nursing's website or contact them at

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