May, 2007 Vol. 32 No. 2
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Nursing at Mānoa celebrates history, looks to the future

by Cheryl Ernst
nursing students practice in the SimMan lab

Since 2005, students practice skills in the SimMan lab

No one has to convince University of Hawaat iʻi Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene Dean Mary Boland that nursing requires intellectual rigor and produces remarkable leaders. Still, she was impressed by the individuals honored as Hawaiʻi nursing’s Fabulous 50 in celebration of the school’s 50 years of accredited baccalaureate nursing education. "What struck me was the breadth and depth of their activities. Nursing is a stepping stone to a whole range of careers, "Boland says.

UH alumni among the Fab 50 include experts (Tripler Army Medical Center’s Patricia Nishimoto, MPH ’79, is internationally known in oncology circles), groundbreakers (Mary Frances Oneha, BS ’81, is the first Native Hawaiian nurse to earn a PhD), planners (Toby Clairmont, AS ’83, leads Hawaiʻi’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team) and advocates (Ruth Ota, MPH ’90, promotes service to populations with special needs). All inspire students with their contributions to the community and commitment to lifelong learning, Boland says.

Nursing shortages have come and gone, but the dean doesn’t expect the current demand to abate anytime soon. And that, she says, creates opportunities for innovation. Witness—

Boland credits her faculty for initiatives launched before she was on board and students for questioning the status quo. "This is an exciting and energized place to be; a lot of things are happening for the faculty, students and community," she says. "Keep watching—we’re just getting started!"

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