celebrate with me for a minute.
Nursing Jobs in Honolulu
As of Oct 30, there are signs that the nursing market in Hawaii is looking better. In April I re-posted a link to an article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that said we had a “saturated” job market.
The need for nurses isn’t going away
It’s just that we have a mismatch in the number being produced and the number we can absorb. this mismatch is due to accelerate. click here for a nifty graphic update about the need for nurses.
For those of you not living here, some geography is on order.
Most of the big hospitals are located in downtown urban Honolulu (yes, there is a city here. about 900,000 people. if we were on the mainland we’d have an NFL team. we are the 11th-largest city in the USA. we are not a foreign country.). But the population growth on the island of Oahu is planned to take place in the western side of the island, in the part called Kapolei. For years, there was a hospital in Kapolei, run by the Sisters of St Francis. It went bankrupt after running deficits for years, and hundreds of nurses became unemployed. The job market could not absorb so many nurses at the same time. The building sat vacant for awhile. It was/is a nice building. ample parking. central to their neighborhood. convenient for a whole bunch of people.
During that time, if you lived there and you wanted to go to the hospital you would need to drive on H-1, the most congested interstate highway in the USA ( how we got an interstate here, while we are separated from California by two thousand miles of open ocean, is a whole nother matter).
The building was finally bought by Queen’s Medical Center, the biggest hospital here. QMC has a “Magnet Nursing Service” and is very forward-thinking. they have planned to reopen the Kapolei building.
which brings me to the next step. they will hold two job fairs for nurses in Honolulu, one this coming Saturday Nov 2nd in Kapolei, and another Nov 9th, the following week, in Manoa. they are hiring for all kinds of jobs, not just nurses.
Also, anecdotally, I have run into any more of my former students who are now finally getting out of the holding pattern and into new grad residency programs, particularly at Queen’s. The general consensus is that things are easing. I know I am biased, but I think UH is a terrific school of nursing, and I want to make sure our graduates get properly launched into becoming the fine nurses we educated them to be.
If you want to get to a specific link for the job fair, CLICK HERE.
good luck on the job hunt!
I have been at this a long time, and there are cycles in government funding of healthcare that come and go.
Let’s call it what it is. Racism
I have always thought that the Tea Party was full of racists, and I have not learned anything to suspect otherwise.
My formative years were spent in Boston in the 1970s, and I recall that the growth of private “Christian” schools nationwide was fueled by a reaction to court decisions that imposed forced busing as a means to desegregate schools. We’ve seen the “Christian” movement grow, to the point where the younger adherents who actually grew up with a deep background in the Bible are unaware of how it got started.
this is not a “Christian” blog, though I can’t separate my beliefs as to how we are all here to make things better, from my approach to nursing. If you, the reader, have not been to the site of “The Christian Left” I advise you to go there.
“What does it take to get it through people’s heads that we are being attacked from within? The attack started years ago inside the heart of America, the Christian churches. Yes, they took over the churches by twisting scripture and by fear mongering. Who would believe that Christians would be the ones who perpetrate an attack from within? They use their great wealth to create organizations that pose as grassroots gatherings of good people. These good Christian people are being used by evil men and they haven’t a clue. It isn’t just for more wealth, it’s an attack for complete power and those wealthy men eat their own believe me. They have twisted the minds of people into believing that helping the poor and elderly is going to cause them to loose their chance of salvation. They impoverish people to try to save themselves. That is why many good people are supporting this even though it hurts the weakest among us. This is an attack on America pure as if Russia had driven tanks across our borders.” –
Patricia Cooper, member of The Christian Left
The “Christian” movement has merged with the racist groups that have crawled out of a swamp.
I simply have too many friends that are members of “minority groups” to stand silent. I have to speak up.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)
we need to reject the idea that God somehow wants us to act the way the Tea Party has been acting.
It is clear to me that the Tea Party also is conducting a War on Women. there are just too many misogynistic things going on to wink and smile.
Don’t bargain with terrorists
The Tea Party groups that are behind this shutdown are doing and end-around against the kind of democracy we have relied on since the beginning of this country.
Don’t think for one minute that the hostage-taking will end once the racists get their current demand. They will absolutely revisit every settled part of social security, medicare, women’s health – everything. everything you thought was a settled policy will now be back on the table.
And somehow nurses will get the short end of the stick.
school begins again soon.
if you really must know, here is what I was doing all summer….
It was fun but I will be happy to be back in a routine.
received a provocative link from a colleague.
aloha while in Nepal I have concentrated on m Nepal blog, www.joeniemczura.wordpress.com but that doesn’t mean I have abandoned m loyal readers here on nursing in Hawaii.
how do you decide to trust your doctor
Okay, for years I have applied a test whenever I meet a new doctor, whether it’s as a colleague, socially, or as a patient.
“Got time? Got a reflex hammer? Wondering if you can help me with this symptom I’m having,” it starts.
Almost any implement will do if a reflex hammer is not available. Most docs don’t seem to carry one these days.
I did this on a transpacific flight too, once, for a gorgeous babe across the aisle, who giggled and said “I have that too! Does your migrate like mine?!?!?” After which a nine-hour flight seemed to be over in a half-hour. But I digress.
It’s a test of the sense of humor. If the doctor in question does not laugh immediately, I make a mental note never to seek assistance from that person no matter how dire.
So, I sit.
And tap the *right* patellar reflex zone,
upon which the *left* leg jumps.
Last evening I was introduced to a young veterinarian from Galway, here to volunteer with an NGO that spays and neuters the many stray critters of this town. Mostly dogs. ( Nepal needs this…..yes it does).
“You learn about large mammals in vet school, don’t you?” Sez I.
“Yes, mainly cattle, pigs and horses.”
“Well, I wonder if you can explain this symptom I have been having? Got a reflex hammer?”
“Vets don’t usually use that tool,” he sez warily.
“Watch.” And I showed him my reflex.
He laughed, an unselfconscious Irish laugh. he gave a wide grin.
“Saints be praised.”
then he turned serious, “I’m afraid you’re going to have to be put down. Wait right here. I’ll be back in a minute with a syringe.”
Simply not on the list of answers any family practice doc ever gave me.
PS still having fun here, past the halfway mark. It’s been rainy every day. Keeps the dust down. OTOH, road traffic accidents are up. Two major ones involving buses, on routes I recently took. Glad to be staying home for the present.
I’ll be taking one bus ride in August, but fortunately it’s in the direction in which the bus hugs the inside, as opposed to wobbling near the precipice where the guard rail is supposed to be. I’ll need sharp reflexes by then…..
New Uses for Twitter
go to www.twitter.com/NCLEXprep and follow, if you like.
share with your friends. please!
the plan is to post #NCLEXtweetoftheday which will include short factoids or pearls of wisdom designed to enhance NCLEX scores.
It will be like writing nursing haiku I guess. If I share one little tidbit a day, the followers will grow to become big and strong, like feeding nourishing food to a child.
I also found an NCLEX site run by NCSBN, theirs is really super, go to NCSBN NCLEX
Update: As of October 30, the job market seems to be easing. click here to get to an updated blog.
note: be sure to click on the hypertext links, they are either underlined or else in a different color, and BTW you can also find the surprise
Is this really news?
The Honolulu Advertiser Sunday April 28th edition included an article on page D-1 titled Nurses Wait for Jobs.
The subtitle? recent graduates end up competing for a few positions in an “oversaturated” market.
Here is the link, but there is a warning – The Honolulu Star-Advertiser will ask you to buy a subscription in order to read it. Bummer. It is well-written though.
In summary, the Honolulu article describes the recent closure of Hawaii Medical Center East & West, the number of currently registered nurses who are working in jobs that do not a require an RN, the predictions of the Hawaii State Center for Nursing, and the statistic from one of the major hospital groups that they now have 150 recently-graduated RNs on the payroll in non-nursing positions. This latter effort is admirable but it makes you wonder how long it can be sustained.
The article tries to end on a hopeful note, saying that in a year or two things will be better.
National Student Nurses Association
It’s important to get a feel for whether this is just a collection of stories or not. Here is some data.
There is a quarterly publication of the National Student Nurses Association named “Dean’s Notes” and their Jan 2013 issue focused on the results of a nationwide survey of new graduates that showed a lot of info about this very subject. click here to find the URL - go to “Jan 13 issue” and it will appear by magic.
UPDATE May 17 – one of the Universities is offering a refresher course in clinical skills this summer for those RNs not employed in the RN role. I think this is a great idea for keeping skills sharp.
I am very curious to know my reader reactions on this subject. please feel free to comment.