Currently, one of the major successes of the HI APIN project is the continued collaboration amongst our public and private academic and employer partners, including acute care, long-term care facilities, mental health, and community organizations across the state to support the APIN project initiatives. As the largest group of health care providers, it is essential that our nurses are highly educated and prepared to meet the increasingly complex health care needs of Hawai‘i’s people.
The Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) initiative, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, brings together stakeholders from both academic and practice settings across the state of Hawaii. These groups collaborate and develop innovative and groundbreaking strategies to meet the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that 80 percent of nurses have a baccalaureate nursing degree by 2020. As the largest group of health care providers, it is essential that our nurses are highly educated and prepared to meet the increasingly complex health care needs of Hawaii’s people.
The Hawaii State Center for Nursing and the Hawaii Action Coalition facilitate the development of strategies across the state to encourage academic progression and completion of a baccalaureate degree. Our partners are committed to creating and investing in long-term solutions that build up our nursing workforce and transforms health care delivery statewide.
Hawai`i’s APIN Goals
- Establish common BSN curricula linked by the AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (model) across the state.
- Increase the number of academic-practice partnerships offering on-site RN to BSN educational opportunities.
- Establish a leadership and mentorship program for Executive (on-site) RN to BSN students.
- Increase the number of incentives offered by employers to RNs with a BSN or RNs seeking a BSN or higher degree.
- Increase the diversity of RN to BSN program applicants statewide.