AONE Presents Awards to Lorrie Wong of UH Manoa Nursing and Zoe Shih of Hawaii Keiki

In November 2017, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Hawaii State Center for Nursing and the American College of HealthCare Executives hosted the annual Leadership in Action Conference at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Lorrie Wong, director of the UH Manoa Nursing Translational Health Science Simulation Center and associate professor received the 2017 Nurse Mentor Award. This award recognizes a registered nurse for outstanding contributions mentoring within the nursing profession. Wong is described as having “shown her commitment to advancing nursing practice using empathy, integrative thinking, optimism, experimentalism and collaboration. Her communication style and approach to adapting Design Thinking to education has been effective in removing disciplinary silos to create a collaborative team based approach to learning.”

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Zoe Shih, senior APRN with the Hawaii Keiki Program, a partnership between UH Manoa Nursing and the Department of Education received the 2017 Emerging Leader Award. The Emerging Leader Award recognizes a registered nurse with five years or less experience in formal leadership role and who has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills within the nursing profession. Shih is described as demonstrating “leadership in collaboration and teamwork within the nursing profession and with other disciplines.” Initially a registered dietician, she entered into a masters entry program in nursing which has enabled her to return to her home in Mountain View on the Big Island, to serve as a school-based nurse practitioner and lead “quality improvement initiatives supporting the school’s wellness initiative, health promotion, and reducing chronic absenteeism” as well as quickly becoming “an essential member of the Hawaii Keiki leadership team.”

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For more information about the AONE awards, please contact Liane Muraoka, Hawaii State Center for Nursing at

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