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Graduate Entry Program in Nursing Scholars Paired with Leadership Mentors

On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, local nurse leaders met with 15 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – New Careers in Nursing (RWJF-NCIN) scholars to serve as their mentors. The annual event kicked off the RWJF-NCIN mentoring program that is aimed at fostering nursing leadership.

The RWJF-NCIN scholarship program is a part of UH Manoa Nursing’s Graduate Entry Program in Nursing (GEPN) that awards select graduate nursing students with a $10,000 scholarship and enrolls them in a comprehensive leadership and mentoring program. The program focuses on developing future nurse leaders by focusing on self-knowledge, strategic vision, risk taking and creativity, communication effectiveness, and leading change.

The RWJF-NCIN scholarship program participants

The mentoring arm of the program offers skill building and role modeling from the perspective of cultural sensitivity and awareness, and provides the scholars with three types of mentors: professional nurse mentors, peer mentors, and faculty mentors.

Scholars and mentors were welcomed to the dinner by UHM Nursing GEPN program director Dr. Allen Hanberg, who led the scholars and their mentors through discussion and relationship building activities provided as part of the RWJF-NCIN mentoring toolkit. Following dinner, COL (ret.) Art Wallace, special assistant for Asia-Pacific Affairs Navy Medicine West, addressed the scholars and their mentors. Wallace shared his personal experience as a nurse and how mentors helped him grow as a professional and contributed to his own career advancement.

UHM Nursing would like to thank and acknowledge the local nurse leaders who have volunteered to serve as mentors to the RWJF-NCIN scholars.

Mentor RWJF-NCIN Scholar
Gidget Rustica
Vice President of Operations
Kapi´olani Medical Center for Women and Children
Jamie Abe
David Derauf
Executive Director
Kokua Kalihi Valley
Mathew Bellhouse-King
Joan Takamori
Branch Chief
Hawaii State Public Health Nursing Branch
Kody Cabreros
Patricia Nishimoto
Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Tripler Army Medical Center
Juliana Caldwell
Amy Yasunaga
Former CNE
Oahu Region Hawaii Health Systems Corporation
Shantaye Cardoza-Maikui
Noreen Mokuau
Dean and Professor
UH Manoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
Kathleen Esserman
Pualani Gandall-Yamamoto
Instructor and Family Nurse Practitioner Program Director
UH Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
Jennifer Hashimoto
Lydia Kumasaka
Manager, Patient Care Consulting Services
The Queen’s Medical Center
Antoinette Hemmings
Deborah Mattheus
Instructor
UH Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
Yvette Konigsberg
Mimi Harris
Director, Patient Care Consulting Services
The Queen’s Medical Center
Erika Lapuente
Art Wallace, COL, AN, USA (Ret)
Special Assistant for Asia-Pacific Affairs
Navy Medicine West, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Michelet Louis
Audrey Torres
Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services Department
Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific
Jonathan Raffesberger
Nafanua Braginsky
Assistant Professor
UH Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
Haley Rosehill
Linda Pu`u
Chief Nurse Executive
Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Hawaii Region
Aaron Summers
Merle Kataoka-Yahiro
Associate Professor
UH Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
Yvonne Yokono

 

For more information about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers In Nursing Scholars program contact Shannon Mark, Graduate Entry Program in Nursing Coordinator at skwcmark@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-0445.

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