Hawai‘i Loa campus residents, starting
fall 2007, have the opportunity to consult an Advice Nurse
if they aren’t feeling well or need advice on a health
issue. Nurse Laura, assistant Professor of Nursing Laura Dower,
M.S.N. A.P.R.N. F.N.P., is available to see residents two days
a week, Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in an office
space in Lehua Hall on the Hawai‘i Loa campus.
An advice nurse is a new position to HPU and an added benefit
to students living on campus. It’s an opportunity, Nurse
Laura explained, to “empower students to learn more about
self-care.” She also reminds students that an advice nurse
doesn’t diagnose or dispense medication, but rather advises
clients about “what you can do at home” or tells
them that they should “go be seen at the ER or by a doctor.”
Most students just need some reassurance and someone to say you’re
going to be OK!” Nurse Laura added.
Rebecca Lopez, a residence halls and HPU alum turned staff, said
that “having a advice nurse is fantastic!” Lopez
added that there has been a need for this simply because the
Hawai‘i Loa campus is isolated.
It is great just to get advice without the intimidation of going
to the hospital,” added Lopez, who is the Residence Life
coordinator. And “it relieves a lot of pressure and stress
parents might have for those residents who come from the mainland
Dower, originally from North Carolina, has been a registered
nurse for 20 years and now lives in Kailua. Experienced in gerontology,
she is an advice nurse at Kaiser and a family nurse practitioner.
She has been teaching with HPU for four years.
This is a great added benefit and a good step in making this
campus a better place to live,” said Alex Sterling, a junior
Ideally, according to Nurse Laura, HPU would offer a full health
service clinic on campus for all HPU students, a benefit not
only for the student body but also for the nursing students who
would have the opportunity to practice.