The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo School of Nursing will soon begin its first cohort of doctor of nursing practice students in August 2012. The program will offer two entry tracks—post baccalaureate and post master’s for advanced nursing education. The program will have an emphasis on transcultural nursing, rural health and gerontology.
“The DNP curriculum builds on a traditional FNP program by facilitating advanced scholarly inquiry and emphasizes clinical evidence-based practices in order to meet the unique needs of the culturally diverse, rural and underserved communities—particularly in medically underserved areas of the outer islands of Hawaiʻi,” said Kay Daub, director of the UH Hilo School of Nursing.
Students entering this degree program can expect to receive doctoral-level education, which includes the scientific knowledge and clinical research of populations required for safe nursing practice and growing concerns regarding the quality of patient care delivery and outcomes.
“Our students will receive applied experience that educates and trains primary healthcare providers who are grounded in community- and population-based health promotion that helps address health disparities and improve community capacity,” Daub added.
Adapted from a UH Hilo news release.