We have increased the percentage of BSN-prepared nurses in the workforce from 59% (2013) to 72% (2017) making Hawaii's percentage one of the highest in the nation. Kudos to the nurses who have advanced their education and to the nursing community, including schools of nursing and nursing employers, who have aimed high to make this achievement possible.
Over the past four years, the focus of our Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) program has been on recommendation that 80% of the nursing workforce be BSN prepared or higher by 2020. This recommendation was established by the Institute of Medicine (2010) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which recommends . To learn more about the importance of a BSN watch our video The Pursuit of a BSN.