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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

 

Winters-Moorhead joined Hawai‘i Loa College in August 1990 as a faculty member, and soon became full-time administrator of the Nursing program. Her greatest challenge was to lead an eager and committed faculty to achieve initial National League of Nursing (NLN) accreditation. This was accomplished in 1992, and NLN accreditation for the BSN program was transferred to Hawai‘i Pacific University after its merger with Hawai‘i Loa College that same year.

Under Winters-Moorhead’s leadership, the School of Nursing experienced rapid growth in enrollment, resulting in major expansion of classrooms, laboratories, and faculty. The Nursing faculty and administration are highly engaged in program innovation and implementation. Initiatives include:

Revitalizing a 23-Month Accelerated BSN Pathway, establishing the Nursing Cooperative Educational Program with community health care agency partners, developing a community partnership (Ho‘ola Like Outreach Project) with the Waikiki Health Center, and planning and implementing the interdisciplinary Forensic Health Science and the Transcultural Nursing Certificate Programs, the Transcultural Nursing Center, the Master of Science in Nursing program, and more.

Winters-Moorhead leaves HPU with a stronger Nursing program than the one she joined in 1990. Those 114 students and 13 faculty have grown to 1372 students and 99 full- and part-time faculty. Last year, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission granted HPU’s Nursing School the maximum eight-year accreditation.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Winters-Moorhead, celebrating her achievements, and wishing her the best as she returns to her home state of North Carolina.


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