Winter 2013 Nursing Highlights

UHM Nursing Receives $100,000 HMSA Foundation Grant

Dr. Cheryl Albright, UHM Nursing professor and Dr. Lorrie Wong, UHM Nursing associate professor and Translational Health Science Simulation Center (THSSC) director, in collaboration with Dr. Michael Nagoshi, John A. Burns School of Medicine assistant professor received $100,000 in funding from the HMSA Foundation. The grant will test the effectiveness of training programs designed specifically for providers of primary care  including: physicians, pediatricians, nurses, and other allied health providers.

photo of Dr. Cheryl Albright    photo of  Dr. Lorrie Wong     photo of Dr. Michael Nagoshi


The providers will be trained on patient-centered motivational interviewing techniques with their patients.  A 3-4 hour workshop for 100 providers will be offered on a Saturday afternoon and over the ensuing 5 months, personalized 2-hour training sessions with standardized patients will be conducted at UHM Nursing’s THSSC on Saturday afternoons. For more information about the training sessions please email Dr. Cheryl Albright at


Joan Maeshiro, AANP 2013 Preceptor of the Year

Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Joan Maeshiro was recognized as the 2013 UHM NAWSON Preceptor of the Year at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Nurse Practitioner Week Celebration, held on November 16, 2013, at Natsunoya Tea House. Maeshiro’s award was presented to her by two of her previous students, AGNP Roger Goodell and current AGNP student Christi Silano.

Joan Maeshiro smiles for photo Maeshiro was nominated by UHM Nursing clinical faculty and her former APRN students. She is an experienced clinician who serves as a role model for NP students as she teaches them in a clinical setting at The Queen’s Medical Center Geriatric Clinic as well as during  home visits. Maeshiro was recognized as an expert who encourages and guides students utilizing evidence based practice guidelines. She provides immediate feedback for student’s clinical progress, discussing strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement.

Maeshiro is a UH Manoa Nursing 1982 BSN graduate, and a 2006 MSN graduate. She is married to Glenn Nishida and has two sons: Matthew Nishida, who is attending Boston Conservatory of Music, and Nathan Nishida, a UH Manoa Nursing 2013 BSN graduate. In her spare time “Farmer Joan” enjoys raising chickens and produce at her Kaneohe home. In the photo above, Maeshiro received her award surrounded by supporters and friends, AGNP student Christi Silano, AANP Region 9 Director Lenora Lorenzo, award recipient Joan Maeshiro, former AGNP student Roger Goodell, and AANP State Representative Pua Gandall-Yamamoto.

For more information about the AANP awards program contact Pualani Gandall Yamamoto at


Nursing Students Take Top Honors at UH Manoa Research Proposal Conference

At the campus Honors Fall Research Proposal Conference, two UHM BS Nursing Honor students, Courtney Chamberlain and Heather Szeles, received awards for their research proposal presentations. Heather’s presentation, “Emotional Intelligence and Nursing Student Leadership”, received honorable mention for Social Sciences at the symposium, and Courtney’s presentation, “Undergraduate nursing students experience with multi-user virtual environments” received first prize in the Social Sciences division. Both Heather and Courtney are entering their final semester this spring and anticipate graduation in May 2014.

Courtney Chamberlain presents poster Heather Szeles presents poster

For more information about the UH Manoa Nursing honors program, contact Dr. Estelle Codier at

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