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Dean's Message

As the Hawaiʻi healthcare delivery system redesigns itself, the role of the nurse and of nursing care is increasingly prominent. As part of our commitment to improving the health of people in Hawaiʻi, we are continuing our effort to transform nursing education.

Nurses are expected to deliver safe quality care while understanding the focus on minimizing hospitalization and building a community based care system. The nurse must appreciate the context for service delivery and recognize their responsibility to support the creation of sound health policy. This shift in care delivery requires that all nurses understand policy development, systems thinking, and the financial impacts of their contributions. Today, most nursing curriculums do not include this content. The UH Mānoa Nursing faculty have made decisions to revise curriculum and program for both undergraduate (BS) and graduate students effective in fall 2015. We believe these changes are necessary to ensure our graduates are prepared leaders and innovators in whatever setting they choose to contribute. Highlights of the changes include:

The Undergraduate (BS) Program:

  • We are returning to a fall only admission for BS students.
  • We are increasing the number of students admitted directly from high school to UH Mānoa Nursing.
  • We are continuing our progression partnership with the UH community colleges for the AD graduate to continue directly to their senior year as a UH Mānoa BS student.
  • With federal funds, we have launched the Vets-to-BSN Program to accelerate the time to the BS degree for experienced military medics and corpsmen.

The Graduate Programs:

  • We are increasing enrollment in the graduate entry to nursing (GEPN) program, formerly known as MEPN, in fall 2015.
  • We will continue to offer the MS clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and community health nursing specialties.
  • We are creating direct pathways from the BS to doctoral education.
  • The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will admit post-BS graduates to the adult/gerontology and family nurse practitioner specialties effective in fall 2015 and the Nurse Executive Leadership specialty effective in fall 2016.
  • The PhD program will admit post-BS graduates in fall 2015.

We remain committed to our public university mission to provide Hawaiʻi with well educated and competent nurses. I ask that you join with us to celebrate the evolution of the nursing profession to keep pace with our changing healthcare industry.

Best wishes to you and your ʻohana for a joyful and healthy holiday season!

Mary G. Boland, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor

School News

$729,000 for Master's Entry Program in Nursing

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Nursing has received two grants totaling $729,000 to support students in the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN). Launched in 2008, the MEPN Program is an accelerated entry program leading to a Master’s of Science in Nursing, the only program of ...

COL (Ret.) Stephanie A. Marshall Named American Academy of Nursing 2014 Fellow

The American Academy of Nursing has inducted COL (Ret.) Stephanie A. Marshall, RN, MSN, as a Fellow during the Academy’s 41th annual meeting on October 18, 2014, in Washington, DC. COL Marshall is an assistant professor and director of community partnerships at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa ...

Nursing Students Participate in Triennial Airport Disaster Exercise

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the UH Mānoa (UHM) senior nursing students participated in the State of Hawaiʻi, Department of Transportation’s Triennial Aircraft Disaster Exercise (TADE) at the Honolulu International Airport. The multi-agency exercise simulated a full-scale plane crash ...

Students and Alumni Recognized by National and Local Healthcare Organizations

Outstanding University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa nursing students and alumni were recognized at the Healthcare Association of Hawaiʻi’s 2014 Awards and Scholarship Dinner on Saturday, November 8, at the Koʻolau Country Club. HAH serves as Hawaiʻi’s advocate for a comprehensive and financially ...

Fall 2014 Nursing Highlights

 ‘IKE AO PONO, Celebrating More than 250 Native Nurses
Students Sponsor Health Fair for Lanakila Senior Citizens
Global Connects Bridges UHM Nursing with Students in Japan and China

UHM Nursing Alumni Association

President's Message

Aloha Nui Kākou!

Thank you to everyone who made our Pau Hana Homecoming Celebration on October 20, 2014 at the Paradise Palms Cafe a huge success! The chapter would like to especially thank our new Student Ambassadors who assisted at the event, as well as the alumni who attended. We are pleased to sponsor the Student Ambassador Program and feel that it strengthens our relationship with the School and aligns with our mission to support current students.

Plans are underway for the 2nd Annual Endowed Scholarship Fundraiser on March 6, 2015, at The Grand Mānoa Ballroom at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. Please save the date! We are seeking donations for the silent auction and welcome any alumni volunteers for the event or silent auction committee.
Lastly, as the holidays are quickly approaching, we are thankful for the generosity of many supporters of UHMNAA, board members for their volunteer time, and staff and administration of SONDH who continue to help with the chapter’s events and planning.
Me ke aloha pumehana,

Sally T. Ishikawa (MPH '90, BSN '70)
President, UHM Nursing Alumni Association


Fall 2014 Recognition Ceremony

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Doors open at 4:45 p.m.
Ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m.
Hawai‘i Convention Center
Free event, open to the public.

SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual Endowed Scholarship Fundraiser

Friday, March 6, 2015
5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i



Bryscen "Makana" Prothero, a Hawaiʻi Keiki APRN
Growing up, Bryscen "Makana" Prothero, APRN-Rx, MS, CPNP (Manoa MSN '13, BS '08) was a volunteer practice patient for his mom, a second-career nurse. Being an active part of his mom’s nursing education ignited his passion for medicine ...



Sandra Miller Honored at 3rd Annual MEPN Summer Celebration

On Thursday, August 14, 2014, the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) held its third annual MEPN Summer Celebration at the YWCA of Honolulu.

UHM Nursing’s First White Coat Pledging Ceremony

At the beginning of the fall semester and as part of new student orientation for incoming undergraduate nursing students, UH Mānoa Nursing hosted a new white coat ceremony as part of the traditionally pledging ceremony.

Guest Lecturer, Suzanne Gordon, Brings Healthcare Play to UH Manoa Nursing

At the beginning of the fall semester and as part of new student orientation for incoming undergraduate nursing students, UH Mānoa Nursing hosted a new white coat ceremony as part of the traditionally pledging ceremony.

Alumni Celebrate Homecoming, Announce New Student Ambassador Program

The UH Mānoa Nursing Alumni Association hosted the 2014 Pau Hana Homecoming Celebration for alumni, students, and guests on October 20, 2014, at the Paradise Palms Cafe.

Student Nurses’ Association’s Bone Marrow Drive Registers 60 New Donors

On Thursday, October 30, 2014, Student Nurses’ Association (SNA), a student-led leadership non-profit organization registered with UH Mānoa, held a Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Campus Center.



Faculty Research
Albright C.L., Steffen A.D., Wilkens L.R., White K.K., Novotny R., Nigg C.R., Saiki K., Brown W.J. Effectiveness of a 12-month randomized clinical trial to increase physical activity in multiethnic postpartum women: Results from Hawaii’s Nā Mikimiki Project. Preventive Medicine, 69:214-223, 2014.



DON Intranet and Cryptowall Virus Information



Excellence of Hawaii Nurses Highlighted in National Journal (University of Hawaii System)

New Nurses Left Behind (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Veterans Day Tribute Held at UH Manoa in Honor of Past, Present Military Service Members (Ka Leo)

University of Hawaii Nursing School Launches Vets-to-BSN Program (Pacific Business News)



Jessica Munoz, Mānoa MS '09: Nonprofit Hopes to Build Safe Haven for Teen Girls (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)



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