On Thursday, August 14, 2014, the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) held its third annual MEPN Summer Celebration at the YWCA of Honolulu. Approximately 175 guests attended including outgoing and incoming MEPN students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners. Dr. Lawrence K. W. Tseu was recognized for his endowed scholarship contribution – Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence K. W. (Bo Hing Chan) Tseu Endowed Scholarship in Nursing – that supports nursing students enrolled in the MEPN Program.
The purpose of the event is to recognize MEPN graduate students who have completed their pre-licensure year, and to welcome new MEPN students who are starting the program. The event also provided opportunities for socialization and mentoring between the outgoing and incoming cohorts.
The event started with peer mentoring activities, recognition of 10 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – New Careers in Nursing scholars and mentors, a photo slideshow prepared by the students, and recognition of MEPN faculty and staff. Outgoing MEPN students selected MEPN faculty member Sandra Miller as the keynote speaker for the event. Miller retired in spring 2014 and received special recognition from the students at the event. The evening culminated with MEPN students reciting the Florence Nightingale Pledge – a tradition in nursing whereby students make a commitment to practice the profession of nursing with the highest ethical standards and to safeguard and promote health for the entire community.
The event could not have happened without the generous support of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Student Activity and Program Fee Board, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing. The Master’s Entry Program in Nursing now renamed as the Graduate Entry Program into Nursing (GEPN) admits students every fall. For more information about the program, please contact Shannon Mark, GEPN coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 956-0445.