Representatives of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing at University of Hawaii (AAMN@UHM) presented a poster at the 41stAnnual AAMN Conference. The conference was held in Miami, Florida on September 22-24, 2016. The theme of this year’s conference was Shifting the Tides: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Nursing and featured speakers and presentations ranging from the importance of advocating for increased diversity in nursing to current global trends in healthcare delivery.
AAMN@UHM president Aaron Summers, vice-president Mathew Bellhouse-King, and founding member Eve Teeter-Balin presented their poster titled, “Micronesians in Hawaii: Promoting Diversity through Cultural Competency,” describing barriers to care that exist for Micronesian communities on Oahu. Conference attendance was made possible by a financial contribution from UHM’s Student Activity and Program Fee Board (SAPFB).
“What we truly gained from this experience was exposure to our national organization’s culture, its vision, and its history,” said Aaron Summers, president of AAMN@UHM. “As new nurses we often take for granted the barriers that past generations have broken down for us. This conference was a reminder that we are fortunate to be the benefactors of profound nursing leadership, and that we have much work still to contribute to future generations. AAMN@UHM looks forward to representing our school, state, and profession at future events.”
AAMN@UHM is a registered independent organization at UHM and is the only AAMN chapter in the state of Hawaii. This chapter has included in its local mission a dedication to promoting the many benefits of Hawaii’s diversified nursing workforce. For more information about UHM@AAMN, visit www.nursing.hawaii.edu/aamn.