First Hawaiian Bank Foundation funds cancer nursing education at UH Mānoa

University of Hawaiʻi
Margot Schrire, (808) 956-6774
Director of Communications, University of Hawaii Foundation
Posted: Sep 22, 2010

HONOLULU – The First Hawaiian Bank Foundation has made a $100,000 gift to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene (SONDH) to create the “Cancer Nursing Care Simulation Initiative”. This is one of several innovative education initiatives that will provide student and practicing nurses with a “simulated” environment to build their skills in caring for both pediatric and adult oncology patients.
“This gift from First Hawaiian Bank Foundation recognizes that nurses set the tone in the health care setting for those living with cancer and their families. A skilled and patient-focused nurse is critical to ensure that the patient and family feel cared for. Simulated care environments allow learners to gain experience and confidence without risking patient safety,” said Mary G. Boland, dean, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene.
“The University of Hawai‘i has an outstanding nursing school and our investment in state-of-the-art technology should assist the school to remain one of the most advanced in the U.S.,” said Don Horner, chairman and CEO, First Hawaiian Bank.
The gift will support the creation of curriculum and equip a designated area within the Hawai‘i Translational Health Science and Simulation Center on the Mānoa campus.
The school is bringing together an interdisciplinary development group of nurses and related care providers to create the initiative to focus on caring for patients and families throughout their treatment journey.
The long-term outcome of the Cancer Nursing Care Simulation Initiative is to benefit Hawai‘i residents by providing access to quality health care through a highly skilled nursing workforce.
Contributions to SONDH Nursing Simuluation fund can be made at or please contact Nadine Little at (808) 956-3659 or e-mail
The School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene supports the mission of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa: to provide an innovative, caring and multicultural environment in which faculty, students and staff work together to generate and transmit knowledge, wisdom, and values to promote quality of life and health for present and future generations. To reflect Hawai‘i’s unique cultural diversity and heritage, the SONDH is committed to increasing Native Hawaiian and other underserved people in all nursing and dental hygiene programs.
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