Pay professors more to address nursing shortage

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 27, 2006

Acute nursing shortages pose a threat to the increasing number of retiring baby boomers in Hawaii and across the country. A move to import nurses from foreign countries fails to recognize that thousands of prospective nursing students are turned away from universities because of a shortage of nursing professors, who earn far less than practicing nurses.

The problem is being felt on Kauai, where 140 nurses are on strike at Wilcox Hospital, the island's largest hospital. The nurses have agreed to a hefty 21-percent wage increase over three years but object to the number of nurses placed on call for patients' care. ... Pay