STAND. COM. REP. NO.3107
RE: S.C.R. No. 178
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health and Human Services, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 178 entitled:
"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP TO DEVELOP LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING A CENTER FOR NURSING IN HAWAII,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to request the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to convene a working group to develop legislation establishing a Center for Nursing in Hawaii.
Testimony in support of this measure was submitted by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Hawai'i Nurses' Association, University of Hawaii School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Healthcare Association of Hawaii, and Hawaii Government Employees Association.
Your Committee finds that the supply of nurses within the nation and Hawaii continues to be unpredictable, yet the demand continues to grow due to the rapid aging of our population. Your Committee further finds that establishing a Center for Nursing will allow Hawaii to develop a state response to the nursing shortage and proactively work to retain and attract nurses so that an adequate level of nursing care is maintained within our healthcare institutions.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health and Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 178 and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health and Human Services,
DAVID MATSUURA, Chair