UH Manoa Nursing hosted more than 100 Hawaii high school students and their parents for High School Direct Entry into Nursing Program (HSDEN) Open House events on Saturday, October 20, 2018 and Saturday, November 17, 2018. The program offers direct entry to nursing for high school graduates dedicated to completing their Bachelor of Science in nursing degree in four years.
Guests at the events were welcomed by Clementina Ceria-Ulep, PhD, MSN, RN, associate dean for academic affairs and Alice Tse, PhD, APRN, FAAN, department of nursing chair, who highlighted the wide variety of workplace environments available to nurses as well as current employment trends in nursing. UH Manoa Translational Health Science Simulation Center director Lorrie Wong, PhD, RN, CHSE-A, provided an overview of healthcare simulation before students and parents toured the Center to see the use of technology and simulation training in nursing education. Nursing student ambassadors – student leaders selected to represent the School – led the tours and offered a first-hand perspective to the prospective students.
A panel of junior and senior nursing student ambassadors was facilitated by Tse. Topics covered by the panelists ranged from the difference between high school and college, how many hours per week they study and the benefits of being in the High School Direct Entry into Nursing Program.
The event concluded with an admissions presentation by Brian Akiyama, BA, pre-nursing advisor and admissions specialist. Akiyama provided an overview of the program highlighting the program’s curriculum and admission requirements. The High School Direct Entry into Nursing Program admits students every fall.
For more information about upcoming Open House events, visit our event calendar.