In Hawaii, the deficit of nurses is expected to grow in the next 10 years to a level that is about a quarter of the projected nursing jobs needed. The issue, as it is in so many inland states, is that the nursing workforce is aging and will be retiring, and so will many nursing faculty members. So, more nursing students are needed, but so are nursing teachers to help fill hospitals with qualified staff. The Hawaii Legislature has already taken steps by providing funds to increase enrollment in state nursing programs, but recruitment and retention will be ongoing issues to effectively keep nursing jobs filled.
Nurse-midwives are advanced practice registered nurses that provide primary care to women, including gynecological exams, prenatal care, labor and delivery care, and neonatal care. To receive their Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery, registered nurses must graduate from a nurse-midwifery program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)the accrediting body of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)and pass the national certification exam offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). According to PayScale, the nurse-midwife salary range is $36,000 to $84,511. The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.