LPN Pathway Students Complete Studies
Congratulations to the inaugural class of LPN Pathway students who recently completed their studies at the University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC) and Hale Makua Health Services (HMHS). This past January, we launched a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) educational program in partnership with UHMC, to focus on training LPNs to help provide relief from the LPN shortage being felt not only at HMHS, but across the State of Hawaii. As the number of LPNs statewide decrease, HMHS like many healthcare organizations, has found it necessary to turn to agencies to fly in LPNs. These temporary LPNs come at a premium cost and have contract periods of 13 weeks, which lead to instability for residents and staff. Currently, HMHS has 20 traveler LPNs.
We are so grateful to UHMC for working with us to create this LPN Pathway for aspiring Nursing students on Maui who aren't ready to become Registered Nurses (RN), and to the hard-working students who completed their LPN coursework last week. We wish them the best of luck in passing their NCLEX exam, and hope that they'll be joining the Hale Makua ohana as employees in the New Year!