Closing the gap: HMC, UH-Hilo and HCC working together to solve island’s nursing shortage

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Lexie Taylor, right, and April Dagdagan prepares the trauma bay while working at the Hilo Medical Center Emergency Department on Friday, May 27, 2020.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Lexie Taylor, left, and April Dagdagan pose for a photo in the emergency department at Hilo Medical Center on Friday, May 27, 2020. Taylor and Dagdagan are nursing students currently working at the hospital.

Hilo Medical Center relied on its nurses during the pandemic, several of whom came from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Hawaii Community College. As HMC expands its campus, clinics and hospital beds, nursing assistance is still being sought from both schools.