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by Jessica S. McDunn, University Relations

Hazel Downing, Hawai‘i Pacific University assistant professor of nursing, has been awarded the University’s 2007 Trustees’ Award for Teaching Excellence. The announcement was made at HPU’s spring commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 16, at the Waikiki Shell. This annual award is given to a faculty member — nominated by students and chosen by a committee representing the entire HPU community — who best exemplifies the ideals of distinguished teaching.
Downing grew up in Bombay, India, where she earned her undergraduate nursing degree. After practicing nursing in New York City for several years, she earned her masters of science in nursing degree from the University of the Pacific in 1997.

Joining HPU as an adjunct professor in 2001 and an assistant professor in 2005, Downing’s colleagues praise her for her tireless service both to the University and to the local community. While teaching critical care nursing in the classroom and at clinical sites full time for HPU, she also works at Kuakini Medical Center, serving in the intensive care and cardiac care units and coordinating the Basic Critical Care course for new registered nurses. Downing previously worked for the Convalescent Center of Honolulu. This summer, She will train new nurses in critical care at Liliha’s Hawai‘i Medical Center.

Those who nominated Downing describe her as “inspirational,” “compassionate,” “generous,” “caring,” and “knowledgeable.” Her students say she is a mentor who instills within them confidence and inspires a love of the field of nursing.


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