Sarah Pirani, DNP, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC, PHC-NP
School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 444
Honolulu, HI 96822
Dr. Sarah Pirani has to her credit of more than 10 years of nursing experience. Her areas of expertise include family health, neurosurgery, psychiatry & mental health, internal medicine, wound care management, and virtual healthcare. Prior to joining SONDH as an assistant professor, she taught at McMaster University since 2014, first as an instructor, and later as an assistant clinical professor. She taught in a variety of settings—including classrooms, clinical environments, and simulation labs. Dr. Pirani is also a foreign-trained physician from Tongji University in Shanghai, China. She served as a resident physician (internal medicine) for the Shanghai East Hospital. She later transitioned her career to nursing in 2007 after moving to Canada, and earned her BScN from Western University, MScN & NP from McMaster University in Canada, and DNP degree from Chatham University in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Pirani’s teaching philosophy is inquiry-based and student-centered. She believes that teaching needs to be student-centered in order to be effective and that students need to be equal partners in the learning process. She strives to create a safe and welcoming environment that accommodates a variety of learning styles, and to help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as enhance their ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with others. Her goals include not only helping students learn the material at hand, but also fostering their intellectual curiosity and spirit for life-long learning. She often asks thought-provoking questions to help students transition from simply memorizing the content to thinking critically and connecting the concepts to everyday examples.