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by Jessica McDunn, University Relations


The Transcultural Nursing Center at HPU and Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) hosted a conference—Transcultural Nursing: Caring and Healing in Hawai‘i—April 19 at the Hale Koa Hotel.

The conference was designed to allow practitioners to discuss current aspects of transcultural nursing research, education, and practice. Participants identified the care practices that enhance the ability to provide culturally competent nursing care for the people of Hawai‘i and described current issues related to culturally competent nursing care in the workplace.

The conference keynote speaker was Dr. Margaret Andrews, PhD, RN, CTN, FAAN, a distinguished transcultural nursing scholar, professor, director of the Department of Nursing at the University of Michigan-Flint, and co-author of Transcultural Concepts in Nursing Care (Lippincott, 2003).

The mission of the HPU Transcultural Nursing Center is to promote the delivery of culturally competent nursing care to diverse populations. The essence of transcultural nursing is caring, respect, and healing within the context of one’s cultural beliefs and health practices.

The conference is supported by funds from a grant awarded to HPU from the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services Nursing Education and Practice.

HPU’s commitment to serving the educational and staffing needs of Hawai‘i’s nursing community is longstanding and continues with the success of the baccalaureate and graduate nursing degree programs. The programs provide students with the necessary skills to succeed in the dynamic field of health care.

For more information, visit hpu.edu/transcultural or call or e-mail Julie Aoyagi at the HPU Transcultural Nursing Center at jaoyagi@hpu.edu or 356-5259.


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