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.
Cardiac catheterization lab nurses (or cath lab nurses) are highly specialized cardiac care nurses that perform pre- and post-procedural care for patients that undergo specific cardiovascular procedures, including (but not limited to) cardiac catheterization, pacemakers, angioplasties and valvuloplasties. Because these cardiac care procedures are so cutting edge, cath lab nurses must consistently keep up on the latest technological advancements, through such resources as the Cath Lab Digest. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses, at 22%. Because of their specialization and talent, cath lab nurses should expect a higher-than-average salary, compared to other registered nurses.