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Nurses: While the number of registered nurses (RNs) in Hawai'i has increased in recent years (almost 13,600 in 2012), only about 76 percent are employed in nursing.1 Hawai'i ranks 42nd among all states, with 743 registered nurses per 1,000 residents.2 (The U.S. rate of 874 per 1,000 residents.) O'ahu has the highest concentration of RNs; Maui County have the lowest.

In 2012, there were 2,163 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in Hawai'i. Kaua'i County has more LPNs per capita than the counties of Hawai'i, Honolulu, and Maui. About 73 percent of LPNs in the state are employed.1

Advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) include clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and nurse practitioners. Between 2000 and 2012, the number of licensed APRNs per capita tripled. Maui's rate is the lowest among all counties.

Nursing Shortage: Hawai'i ranked 42nd in the nation in terms of registered RNs per capita with 743 per 1,000 population versus 874 employed RNs for the nation as a whole.2 In addition, Hawai'i's nursing population is older, on average. In 2001, 79 percent of Hawai'i's RNs were 40 years old or older, compared with 68 percent nationwide. Approximately 6 percent of Hawai'i's RNs are under the age of 30, compared to 9 percent nationally.3 As Hawai'i's older nurses retire, there is not currently a population to replace them.


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Source: Hawai`i State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Professional and Vocational Licensing Branch, Records.
Note: Count as of first March following license renewal deadline. License data do not reflect employment status.
Source: Hawai`i State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Professional and Vocational Licensing Branch, Records.
Note: Count as of first March following license renewal deadline. License data do not reflect employment status.
Source: Hawai`i State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Professional and Vocational Licensing Branch, Records.
Note: Count as of first March following license renewal deadline. License data do not reflect employment status.