This story first appeared on MauiNow.com
The Wailea Community Association is helping 38 graduates with the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Class of 2020 to obtain their nursing licensure, funding the costs associated with taking the National Council Licensure Examination.
Because Hawai‘i’s only authorized testing site is on Oʻahu, the cost is nearly $450 per graduate. This includes the cost of interisland airfare, the test fee, and ground transportation between the airport and testing site. The test is not yet available online or on Maui.
Bud Pikrone, General Manager of Wailea Community Association, said, “During these unprecedented times we shifted our annual scholarship program to address the crucial needs of the community now and in the near future: nurses.”
The UHMC nursing program is highly competitive, with approximately 30 openings every year.
Anne Scharnhorst, who directs the UHMC nursing program, said, “This gift is so needed. The licensure exam to become an RN is a high-stakes, stressful experience and having to travel makes it more so. With it being right after graduation, when they have been paying tuition and not working the last few years, the financial stress is yet another pressure to bear.”
“Our graduates are well qualified and eager to start their nursing practice,” said Scharnhorst, “but they need to take this exam to do so. We are so grateful to Wailea Community Association for making this difference in our graduates’ careers and in the future health of Maui County.”
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