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New UH Nursing Partnership

Posted on | October 29, 2010 | 1 Comment

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On the left, Kauaʻi students Aileen Labrador, Kayla Santa Ana and Instructor Sharon Offley and on the right, Maui students Diana Duenas and Jovan Saragena

The nursing programs at Kauaʻi, Maui and Mānoa have joined forces to help more students graduate with a bachelor’s degree, and put more nurses to work on the neighbor islands. The nursing programs have revised their curriculum so nursing students on all three islands are taking the same courses, allowing the neighbor island students to earn their bachelor’s degrees without having to transfer and move to Mānoa. In the final year of the program, Mānoa will provide courses through video conferencing, the web, and in clinical preceptorships on the students’ home islands.

“It’s taken several years to make this happen,” says Charlene Ono, nursing division chair for Kauaʻi. “It’s something we all got inspired to do when Mānoa’s nursing program invited us to hear a guest speaker from an Oregon institution which has successfully implemented a similar program.”

On the three islands, 125 students have begun the new curriculum.

“The new Hawaiʻi Statewide Nursing Curriculum fulfills a dream of Maui nursing faculty, the opportunity for our nursing graduates to achieve the bachelor of science in nursing and apply that level of nursing knowledge to meeting the healthcare needs of our communities,” says Nancy Johnson, chair of allied health at Maui.

“The importance of this statewide education transformation cannot be overstated,” says Mary Boland, dean of Mānoa’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. “Up until now, only about 5 percent of community college students graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in nursing. With the statewide consortium, we expect those graduation rates to dramatically increase, and strengthen the workforce on the neighbor islands,” Boland said.

The Hawaiʻi Nursing Consortium will expand to include Kapioʻlani by 2012 at the latest and Hawaiʻi in the next few years.

Read the news release.