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End of Spring 2014 Nursing Highlights

Student Nurses Association Travels to Nashville; HI Chapter Takes Home Two Awards

National Student Nurses Association group photo In January 2014, UH Manoa Nursing joined with Hawaii Pacific University and Chaminade University to activate the Hawaii State Student Nurses Association (HISNA) chapter as an official constituent of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). Several UHM Nursing students were elected to serve on this statewide board including Vice President Josephine Araki, Secretary Kristy Caneda, Treasurer Paula Tarkington, and Media Director Ashley Burt. The UHM Nursing Student Nurses Association (SNA) was activated in Fall 2013 and is an official chapter of the HISNA.

In April 2014, seven 4th and 5th semester UHM Nursing Student Nurses Association (SNA) officers represented the School at the National Student Nurse­s Association (NSNA) 62nd Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. SNA President Josephine Araki was joined by Vice President Jessica Chadwell, Secretary Kristy Caneda, Treasurer Jaime Cabuag, Project Chair Ashley Burt, Delegate Betty Fletcher and Paula Tarkington. The NSNA Convention featured keynote speakers who discussed leadership through promotion of change and improvements in nursing, focus sessions covering various thought-provoking nursing topics, and the House of Delegates resolutions sessions. Student representatives received three days of NCLEX review and attended an exhibition promoting nursing graduate schools.

National Student Nurses Association group photo The HISNA chapter received the State Excellence Award and the Winner’s Way Award based on multiple criteria requirements – particularly for the largest percentage increase in membership. HISNA President Zachary Drury from Hawai’i Pacific University and HISNA Vice President, Josephine Araki (who also serves as UHM Nursing SNA President) accepted a beautiful Nightingale Lamp, a certificate, and $100 on behalf of the HISNA chapter.

The Convention was memorable for the students because it provided tremendous networking, educational, and leadership opportunities. The School is proud of our student leaders who have taken steps toward making a positive impact in the future of healthcare! For more information about the UHM Nursing Student Nurses Association contact Department Chair Clementina Ceria-Ulep at clem@hawaii.eduor (808) 956-5225.


Honors Student Presents at Oncology Conference in Cleveland

UHM Nursing honors student Perry Tsuruoka attended the 2014 Cleveland Clinic Oncology Nursing Conference on April 13 and 14, 2014. He presented his posters for his honors research project, “Measuring process outcomes in a multidisciplinary cancer care clinic.” Tsuruoka’s research was done in collaboration with the Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Team at The Queen’s Medical Center – Cancer Center where they examined clinical and process outcomes for patients undergoing cancer therapy. Tsuruoka also presented his research at UHM honors program events and department classes, as well as UHM Nursing research classes. For more information about the UH Manoa Nursing honors program, contact Dr. Estelle Codier at

Perry Tsuruoka presents poster


Angela Sy Selected for Visiting Scholar Network Fellows Program

photo of Assistant Professor Angela SyThe Clinical Translational Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) Visiting Scholar Exchange Fellows program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides support to develop researchers who have a high likelihood of competing successfully for independent funding from the NIH. This program supports investigators in clinical or translational research, and links them with mentors to assist their development in the field.

UHM Nursing Assistant Professor Angela Sy, DrPH, was selected in a competitive application process and will receive mentoring and training to develop a National Institute of Nursing Research R21 grant proposal funding opportunity for Innovative Measurement Tools for Community Engaged Research Efforts. The award will fund training in translational research through a mentor-mentee visiting scholar exchange. Sy will be working with mentors Victoria Sanchez, DrPH, and Nina Wallerstein, DrPH, at the University of New Mexico, a member of the 13 CTR-IN partner universities.

For more information about the CTR-IN Visiting Scholar Exchange Fellows program, contact Angela Sy at sya@hawaii.eduor (808) 956-5181.


New Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Psi Chapter President Elected

Dr. Estelle Codier, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN, UHM Nursing Associate Professor, was elected president of Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Psi Chapter for 2014 – 2016. The Chapter includes schools of nursing from UH Manoa, UH Hilo, Hawaii Pacific University, and Chaminade University and will be adding nurses from hospitals and outpatient facilities throughout Hawaii. UHM Nursing instructors Frankie Hale and William Seigman were elected, respectively, as Counselor and Vice President for UHM Nursing’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. For more information about Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Psi Chapter visit


PhD Student Kamomilani Anduha Wong Selected as AAPINA Okura Foundation Scholar

The 2014 Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association’s (AAPINA) 11th Annual Conference “Vulnerable Populations: Implications for Research, Practice and Education” was held on March 27 – 29, 2014, in San Diego, California. The pre-conference was held on March 27 welcoming the newly selected Okura Foundation Nurse Scholars and Mentors.

Kamomilani Anduha Wong smiles for photo The School is pleased to announce that UHM Nursing PhD student Kamomilani Anduha Wong, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, was selected as one of six 2014 Okura Foundation Scholars. This leadership and scholarship fellowship is awarded to promising Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander nurses based upon their exemplary work in research and practice. Kamomilani’s research focuses on the health and well-being of Native Hawaiian kupuna (older adults).

Additionally, UHM Nursing Associate Professor Dr. Merle Kataoka-Yahiro, Dr.P.H., MS, APRN, was awarded the 2014 Yu (Philip) Xu Mentoring Award. This award is given to deserving AAPINA members who have made a significant impact on the professional and/or personal growth through mentoring of AAPINA members, including student members.

The 2015 AAPINA Conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information on the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA), please visit


AACN Welcomes Dr. Kristine Qureshi into the Fellowship

Dr. Kristine Qureshi, RN, DNSc, CEN, APHN-BC was inducted as a Fellow at the American Academy of Nursing 40th annual meeting on October 19, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Qureshi is an associate professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, where she is the director of public and global health nursing.

Dr. Kristine Quresh poses for photo Qureshi received her doctorate in nursing science at the Columbia University in New York City, and is certified in both emergency and advanced public health nursing. She specializes in nursing education and workforce development as well as public health disaster preparedness. Qureshi represents the State of Hawaii at the American Pacific Nursing Leaders Council, serves as a technical advisor to the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office for a variety of nursing workforce initiatives, and is working with the Pacific Island Health Officers Association to build capacity for quality care and patient safety in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands.

Qureshi joins UH Manoa Nursing faculty members Associate Professor Maureen Shannon, CNM, FNP, PHD, FAAN, FACNM, and Dean Mary G. Boland, DrPH, RN, FAAN, as Academy Fellows.Said Dean Boland, “Kris Qureshi exemplifies the best of nursing. She is a successful researcher whose work translates into improved nursing practice on the global stage. As the director of the UH Manoa Nursing graduate program in public and community health, she is educating the next generation of nurses competent and capable to inform public policy and improve health in Hawaii and the Pacific.”

The Academy is composed of more than 2,000 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. For more information about the AACN Fellowship contact the Dean’s Office at (808) 956-8522.

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