Hawai`i Pacific University School of Nursing Newsletter
Nurses Notes, Volume 10: Fall 2008 edition
Welcome or Welcome Back!
If you are a new student to the HPU School of Nursing (SON): Welcome. If you are a
returning student: Welcome Back. We hope this newsletter will provide you some
insider knowledge about the HPU SON.
Message from the New Dean of Nursing, Dr. Randy Caine:
It is indeed my pleasure to welcome you to the School of Nursing at Hawai`i Pacific
University. This is an exciting time to be a student in nursing, whether you are an
undergraduate, graduate or post-master’s student as never before have there been more
opportunities in health care for our graduates.
I promise you that your journey toward your degree in nursing will be exciting,
intellectually stimulating, and, at times, challenging. Along the way, you will discover
that the rewards are many. I wish you the very best on your journey.
Randy M. Caine, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC
Dean and Professor of Nursing
Facts and Figures
There are 1602 undergraduate and 34 graduate students within the School of Nursing
this semester as of 08/18/08. These numbers include all students that have chosen
nursing as their major and may be enrolled in nursing pre-requisites, and those
actually taking nursing courses. Final numbers will be available in October.
We are the largest single program within the university. We are also the largest
nursing program within the State of Hawaii.
There are currently 47 full time and part time faculty within the SON supported by a
cadre of 50 or more adjunct faculty who are clinical experts. Did you know that
present faculty and our students are the best recruiters of new faculty? So, when you
work in your clinical rotations with a really dynamic nurse with a MSN degree or
higher, please encourage them to consider becoming a faculty member as they are
needed. We could offer additional clinicals in the summer, if we develop more
New Full-Time Nursing Faculty
We have three new full time faculty joining us for Fall 2008. All three are graduates
of our MSN program and have been appointed to the rank of Assistant Professor of
Nursing. We look forward to posting their pictures soon outside the SON Office (Rm
226). Please give them a warm welcome when you past them in the halls.
1. Ms. Lise Choucair MSN, FNP-BC, APRN has extensive clinical expertise in
emergency and maternal/family services. Her MSN degree from HPU included
clinical preparation as a family nurse practitioner. Her teaching assignment for
Fall 2008 is NUR 2952, 3981 and 4700. Ms. Choucair’s office will be in Rm.
2. Mrs. Julie Elting MSN, RN, CLC has extensive clinical expertise in
maternal/family and lactation services. She will be teaching NUR 2000 and
3981 this term. Her MSN degree from HPU is as a community health clinical
nurse specialist and she also received a nursing educator certificate. Mrs.
Elting’s office will be in Rm. 232.
3. Mrs. Linda Kim MSN, RN, CCM received her MSN graduate degree from HPU
with a clinical concentration as a community health clinical nurse specialist
and also received the nurse educator certificate. Mrs. Kim has a diverse
background in psych-mental health nursing, case management and
gerontology. She will be teaching NUR 2000, 2950, 2951 and 2961 this
semester. Her office will be in NA 6.
Water Only Policy
School policy allows water only in the halls and classrooms. This policy will be
strictly enforced to avoid our new carpet looking like the old carpet we had. Please
show your kokua (courtesy).
Food can still be enjoyed in the student lounge and outside the buildings. The lanais
(full or part) can be reserved for events, potlucks etc with Mrs. Lei Schlemmer at the
School of Nursing office.
The Nursing Annex
This complex has two parts; the part closest to Kaneohe is dedicated to Student Affairs
and Housing while the side (closest to the academic center) is dedicated to nursing.
The Nursing Annex (NA) holds our next nursing lab and 5 faculty offices. This
lab/classroom will hold some of our smaller classes and labs such as NUR 2301, 3953
and 2961. NA 1 is the lab/classroom if you see it on your schedule. NA 2-6 are nursing
faculty offices are entered from the center walkway area.
The following nursing faculty have offices at the Nursing Annex:
NA 2: Mrs. Denise Hackman (236-5890) and Mrs. Kathy Sassi (236-3516)
NA 3: Dr. Margie Anderson (236-5844)
NA 4: Mrs. Jeanine Tweedie (236-5863)
NA 5: Mrs. Hazel Downing (236-3556) and Mr. Peter Look (236-7932)
NA 6: Mrs. Linda Kim (356-5227), Mrs. Henny Breen (256-8193) and Ms. Kelly
Faculty Office Changes
Ms. April Akeo to Rm 311A
Dr. Dale Allison to Rm 219
Ms. Eppie Baranda to Rm 311A
Ms. Jean Ann Britt to Rm 239
Dr. Cate Critz to Rm 221
Dr. Holly Kailani to Rm 229
Mr. Peter Look to NA5
Ms. Iwalani Moore to Rm 311A
Ms. Mercy Mott to Rm 311A
Mrs. Lynell Rogers to Rm 311A
Ms. Ki May Tung to Rm 311C
Ms Jo Wakayama to Rm 311A
Mr. Frank Ward to Rm 311A
New Course Coordinators for Fall 2008
NUR 2000: Co-Coordinators: Mrs. Henny Breen at email@example.com and Mrs. Denise
Hackman at firstname.lastname@example.org
NUR 2200: Dr. Cate Critz at email@example.com
NUR 2930: Ki May Tung at firstname.lastname@example.org
NUR 2950: Mrs Laura Dower at email@example.com
NUR 2961: Co-Coordinators: Mrs. Henny Breen at firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr.
Margaret Anderson at email@example.com
NUR 3050: Mrs. Denise Hackman at firstname.lastname@example.org
NUR 3900: Mrs. Henny Breen at email@example.com
NUR 3965: Ms. Sara Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org
NUR 3986: Ms. Joy Graham at email@example.com
A big mahalo nui loa to these new coordinators for taking on the added
Nursing Faculty are Students too!
A nursing career requires life-long learning. Eleven of the full-time nursing faculty
and counting are working on their doctorate degrees and should be commended for
their efforts. The eleven faculty are Sonya Blevins, Henny Breen, Hazel Downing,
David Dunham, Verna Hanashiro, Mercy Mott, Lynell Rogers, Mahealani Suipaia,
Sharon Takiguchi, Jeanine Tweedie and Kamomilani Anduha Wong,
HPU full time nursing faculty hired since 2004 have made a commitment to begin
doctoral studies within 3 years of employment. So more SON faculty will be going
back to school in the very near future.
Certified Nurse Educators (CNE)
In 2005, the National League for Nursing developed a nurse certification process to
recognize nursing education expertise. The faculty that meet the requirements and
pass an examination are awarded the CNE credential. HPU SON has several recipients
of this recognition. Several more faculty are working to meet the requirements at this
time. So hats off to Dr. Margaret Anderson, Sonya Blevins, Dr. Patricia Burrell, Dr.
Patricia Lange-Otsuka, and Mrs Jeanine Tweedie for their recognition as master
Faculty News: (this is not an exhaustive list but highlights)
Mrs. Sonya Blevins, Course Coordinator for NUR 3963 and 3964 became
certified as a nurse educator and a medical surgical nurse this summer.
Dr. Patricia Burrell, Assistant Dean of Nursing for Students presented a paper
entitled “Power and identity: Place and displacement” and
“Contemporary symbols of personal, cultural, and national identity: Historical
and psychological perspectives” at the 3rd Multidisciplinary Academic
Conference of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP)
and the 2nd joint Conference with the International Association for Jungian
Conference in Zurich, Switzerland in early July.
Dr. Patricia Burrell has been selected to present her findings entitled
“Transcultural Self-Efficacy in Nursing Education: A path out of poverty and
movement toward health and improved human rights in health care: A
research agenda” at the 34th Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing
Society Meeting in Minneapolis, MN in September 2008.
Dr. Betty Kohal has been selected to her paper entitled “The Impact of a
Forensics Health Care Certificate Program” at the 13th international
conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma to be held at San Diego, CA in mid
Dr. Patricia Lange-Otsuka, Associate Dean of Nursing for Administration
served as a member of the Hawaii team to address the nursing shortage at the
AARP/HRSA and Robert Woods Johnson Foundation sponsored “Increasing
Nursing Education Capacity Summit” held in late June in Washington, DC.
Dr. Patricia Lange-Otsuka was re-confirmed by the Hawaii Senate after
nomination by the Governor for a second term on the Hawaii State Board of
Nursing. Dr. Lange-Otsuka was elected Vice Chair and Education Chair of the
Hawaii Board. Dr. Lange-Otsuka will attend the Annual Conference of the
National Council of the State Boards of Nursing during August 2008 as a
Ms. Leanne Logan, Course Coordinator for NUR 2301 was a reviewer for the
10th edition of Curren’s Math for Meds book.
Dr. Sunny Spohn, Course Coordinator for NUR 4960/61 was elected Secretary
of the Honolulu Committee on Aging. Dr Spohn was appointed to this
committee by the Mayor
ShanaRae Lim has been chosen to be an undergraduate Janssen Scholar which
provides funding for her to attend the Annual Psychiatric Nursing Association
Meeting and Conference on October 15-18, 2008 in Minneapolis, MN.
Several faculty have left HPU this year to return to the mainland. We wish them all
the best in their future endeavors.
Mrs. Sue Carson has relocated to California to be closer to family.
Dr. Judith Holland will become adjunct faculty and is moving to Colorado.
Mrs. Marianne Hultgren has relocated to California.
Mrs. Barbara Tomlinson has accepted a position at Northern Arizona
University to teach fundamentals there.
Help Us Help You
The SON Office gets many calls that have to be re-directed to the Advising Office as
they are questions about registration. Please call the Advising Office directly at 236-
We get many calls about the academic calendar and class schedules; this information
is available to you at www.hpu.edu . The academic calendar and the course schedules
are available under the “Academics” tab on the site. You don’t have to log in to access
We have an electronic bulletin board to post class cancellations (for all of HPU not
just Nursing classes) on Campus Pipeline and it will also send you an email when one
of your classes is cancelled.
On a related matter: your campus.hpu.edu address is considered our official conduit to
send you email. Please check it regularly or forward it to primary email account so
that you get our messages in a timely manner. Mahalo.
Confused About What the SON Deans do?
We are told that some of you are unsure who to see or ask about problems. Others see
one of us and get sent to another. So this is an attempt to clarify each of the deans’
areas of primary responsibility. This is not an exhaustive list.
Dr. Patricia Burrell – Assistant Dean of Nursing for Students
Basically any student problem except tier list/registration goes here if not
resolved by the faculty and course coordinator
Issues and Counseling Referrals
Undergraduate Student Nurse Handbook
Health records problems unable to be decided by the Health Record Assistant
Health records appeals
Dismissal or Re-Admission Issues
Test Taking help
Liaison to International Student Exchanges
ATI issues remediation or issues beyond the scope of the Testing Specialist.
Dr. Patricia Lange-Otsuka – Associate Dean of Nursing for Administration
Oversees scheduling of courses and registration issues including the Tier List
Liaison with the Nursing Advisors, Admissions and Enrollment Management
Supervision of the Nursing Lab Coordinator and Course Coordinators
New Faculty Orientation and Mentoring
Recruitment of new adjuncts
Faculty development and mentoring
Reviews external nursing courses for transfer credit
We all wish for a stoplight in front of the school but the Department of
Transportation (DOT) has denied this request repeatedly because of the impact on
Castle Junction. So please be careful when crossing traffic on foot, cycle, or by car.
A recent study by the DOT has determined that the problem is related to excessive
speed and has asked the Honolulu Police Department to increase patrols to our area to
reduce the speeding so be careful. If you have a heavy foot on the accelerator pedal:
you have been warned.
The Tier List is how the HPU SON allots the 140 seats in Level One classes (NUR
2950-2971) for the Fall and Spring semesters. On February 15 (for Fall) and October
15 (for Spring), a computer generated list is run of all potential nursing students
currently enrolled at HPU that need NUR 2950-2971 for the next term. The computer
program determines that the eligible student has or is completing all the prerequisite
courses that term, has a HPU GPA of 2.75 or higher and indicates the total number of
HPU credits completed and in progress that term.
The list is then ranked by the number of HPU credits of the potential recipient
including those classes currently in progress. Once the list is completed a notice is
sent out on Campus Pipeline giving the students a chance to check their status for
accuracy. Once the list has been checked for accuracy it is frozen. The 140 seats are
given to the potential recipients with the most credits counting down 140 seats.
If the recipient chooses not to enroll in level one courses, fails/drops a pre-requisite,
has their HPU GPA fall below 2.75 or does not complete their health requirements by
the deadline, the seat is then forfeited to a student on the remaining list (Wait list A).
Potential recipients that are not eligible for the original list are added to Wait list B by
seeing their nursing advisor. Being added to Wait List B does not necessarily secure
the student a level 1 seat for the next term but helps us to have an accurate idea of the
The seats are managed by the Tier Master (Mr. Charlie Gibb) who can be contacted
about one’s status during the process. For Fall 2008, the successful recipients had 35 or
more HPU credits. For Spring 2008, the successful recipients had 28 or more HPU
If this message has confused you, more information is available on the SON Bulletin
Board or from your nursing advisor. Information will be periodically updated on
Campus Pipeline. You may also email Charlie Gibb at firstname.lastname@example.org for any
questions about the tier list.
Below are two resources to assist you in assessing your readiness for online classes and
Self-assessment for online course readiness:
Student Tutorial for WebCT:
Summer registration will be based on total earned credits (HPU and transfer) per
HPU policy. The SON administration works diligently to offer more classes and seats
each summer. Please help us to find qualified faculty so that further expansion can
occur. The full time faculty do need some time for scholarship and self-renewal,
which historically is done in the summer. It is also the best time to take a student
nurse internship. The bulletin board opposite the official SON one holds information
about internships. If you have not already transferred in all your undergraduate
credits, please do so now as March is just around the corner.
Summer classes in nursing are space available and are not guaranteed. Classes for
Level 3, 4 and 5 are commonly offered while few courses are available from Level 1
and 2 in the Summer. The nursing advisors are great sources of information about
summer school information.
Clinical Health Records
Deadline for Clinical Health Records for Spring 2009 Registration is Friday October
17, 2008 at 5 pm.
In order to register for Spring Classes and Clinicals: your health requirements must be
complete and valid through May 10, 2009 which is the end of the term.
Please be reminded that four major changes in the health records requirements have
there is no longer a grace period for TB clearance
the clinical agencies have asked that your health requirements be valid for the
entire semester of the class/clinical
that 2 MMR immunizations can no longer substitute for positive titers.
health insurance for all nursing students in levels 1-5 courses will be
mandatory requirement beginning in Spring 2009
These changes may result in a one-time inconvenience of renewing your CPR, TB
Clearance early to meet the facilities request. For example, if your CPR would
normally expire October 31, 2008 (nursing students only get 1 year per certification
regardless of the card possibly stating two years) and you wanted to take clinicals in
the spring you would need to renew prior to October 17, 2008 (deadline) and submit
your documentation because your present card expiring October 31th, does not last
until May 10, 2009 (the end of the Spring semester). If you have questions, please see
Mrs. Cassandra Young in the SON Office.
School of Nursing Office Hours: Office Closed 12 noon to 1 pm
The SON office will close from 12 noon to 1 pm to allow the staff a regular and
routine lunch break.
We also ask that everyone show courtesy to the staff and faculty when they are eating
on the lanai and not disturb them. Mahalo (Thank you).
Assessment Technology Institute Tests also known as ATI’s
ATI has revised the scoring of its tests to reflect the new test plan and the increased
score required to pass NCLEX (National Council’s Licensure Examination – RN)
effective April 1, 2007. ATI has moved to providing a score based on levels of 1, 2 or
3. The School of Nursing has adopted Levels 2 and 3 as passing. A score of Level 1 or
below Level 1 is not passing. You are provided the access code for the first online
nonproctored practice test ID numbers by Mrs. Julie Aoyagi, our testing specialist. If
you are unsuccessful on your first testing, you should see your class professor to
obtain access to the second nonproctored practice test and review the material you
missed on the first test. If you fail the actual test twice, you will be referred to make
an appointment to see the Assistant Dean of Nursing for Students, Dr. Patricia Burrell.
It is essential that you bring print outs of your proctored test results to this meeting as
you will be reviewing them. We expect you to pass on the first attempt.
Changes to the Nursing Curriculum effective Fall 2008
Some changes are being made to the nursing curriculum effective with students
starting level one nursing courses in Fall 2008.
If you have completed level one prior to Fall 2008, you will remain in the present
curriculum unless you fail to progress or progress part-time. If you fail a course in Fall
2008 or later until the new curriculum is fully implemented in Fall 2010 then you
will may be required to take the new version of the course if applicable.
Summary of changes:
A new course NUR 2000: Introduction to Professional Nursing (2 credits) will replace
NUR 3050. This course will be a pre-requisite to starting level one nursing courses
and enrollment and/or course completion will be necessary for Tier List standing
effective with the Tier List for Fall 2008. The SON began offering this course in Fall
2007 to allow time for this transition. NUR 2000 is an introduction to the profession
of nursing and explores the role of the registered nurse with an emphasis on the legal
and ethical issues. A goal to increase your medical terminology knowledge is also part
of this course. The course was developed based on recommendations from our re-
accreditation self study in 2005, student feedback, and best practices in nursing
curriculum supported by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the American
Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
NUR 2200 Growth and Development can be taken prior to beginning level one
nursing courses but must be completed prior to starting level two classes.
NUR 2300 Pharmacology will become 3 credits (increased by 1) and NUR 2100 will
become 1 credit (decreased by 1).
NUR 3962 and 3963 will both be increased in length to 3 credits each from 2 credits.
Level Three will be NUR 3980/81 Childbearing Family, NUR 3985/86 Childrearing
Family and NUR 3970/71 Altered Mental Health. NUR 3981 and 3986 clinical will
each be reduced to 1 credit each..
NUR 3964/65 will become level four and have 4 credits for lecture and clinical
(additional 2 credits for lecture).
A new nursing elective NUR 4973: Preceptorship will be available to level 4 and
A model degree plan is provided at the end of this document as a guide.
Transition to the Revised Nursing Curriculum and Summer Classes 2009
With the start of the Fall 2008 semester, we begin the revised curriculum that
has been announced since 2006. There are some minor credit changes between some
courses and two major changes. The first major change is the discontinuation of NUR
3050 in the old curriculum as it is becomes NUR 2000 in the revised curriculum. We
have been offering NUR 2000 for the past year in anticipation of this conversion.
NUR 3050 will be retired after Fall 2009.
The second change involves the re-ordering of the degree plan of those courses
in levels 3 and 4. In the revised curriculum NUR 3964/65 becomes level 4 and NUR
3970/71, 3980/81 and 3985/86 become level 3. In order to make the smoothest
transition: we do not plan to offer the entire new level 3 in Summer 2009 (NUR
3970/71, NUR 3980/81, and NUR 3985/86) but will offer limited seats in NUR
3970/71. We plan to progress as many old curriculum students forward in the summer
by offering the old level 4 sequence (NUR 3980/81 and NUR 3985/86) and Level 5
(NUR 4950/51 and 4960/61) in the summer.
Summer courses are always on a space available basis. Ranking for summer
term registration for level 3-5 are done by level and based on total earned and
completed credits (HPU and transfer). Complete health records by deadline are
essential to be eligible for any clinical courses. We will offer as many other nursing
classes as possible in the summer as always. We never offer the entire level 1 and 2
classes in summer.
I would be re-miss if I did not encourage students to consider using the
summer to recharge your batteries and seek opportunities to work in health related
employment. Internships can provide great work experience and valuable financial
resources. On a recent new nurse employment survey, employers were more likely to
hire students that had completed internships. So consider your options.
Degree Plan Progression with Revised Curriculum Example
Fall 2008: Level 1
Spring 2009: Level 2
Summer 2009: only NUR 3970/71 offered to new level 3 students
Fall 2009: new Level 3
Spring 2010: new Level 4
Summer 2010: option to take Level 5
Fall 2010: Level 5 if not taken in summer
Basic BSN Pathway
Effective for students beginning level one
nursing courses in Fall 2008.
Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIOL 2030 Anatomy and Physiology Lab I 3
WRI 1100 Writing and Critical Analysis 3 BIOL 2031 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
ANTH 2000 Cultural Anthropology 3 HUM 1000 Introduction to Humanities 3
CHEM 1000 Introductory Chemistry 3 MATH 1123 Statistics 3
CSCI 1011 Intro to Computer Info Systems 3 WRI 1200 Argument, Research, and Writing 3
MATH 1115 Survey of Mathematics 3 PSY 1000 Principles in Psychology 3
Total = 15 Credits Total = 16 Credits
Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIOL 2032 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 BIOL 3040 General Microbiology 3
BIOL 2033 Anatomy and Physiology Lab II 1 HIST 2002 World Civilizations II 3
ECON 2010 Principles of Microeconomics 3 PSY 3600 Abnormal Psychology 3
CHEM 2030 Intro Organic Chem/Biochem 3 NUR 2000 Intro to Professional Nursing 2
HIST 2001 World Civilization I 3 NUR 2200 Growth and Development* 3
LIT 2000 Introduction to Literature 3
Total = 14 Credits
Total = 16 Credits
*Psych 3400 also meets this requirement
Fall Semester Spring Semester
NUR 2300 Pharmacology 3 NUR 2100 Nutrition and Diet Therapy 1
NUR 2301 Math for Meds 1 NUR 2940 Health Promotion 2
NUR 2950 Nursing Concepts and Processes 3 NUR 2930 Pathophysiology 3
NUR 2951 Nursing Concepts and Processes Lab 2 NUR 3952 Gerontological Nursing 2
NUR 2960 Therapeutic Communication 1 NUR 3953 Gerontological Nursing Lab 1
NUR 2961 Applied Therapeutic Communication 1 NUR 3962 Adult Health Care I 3
NUR 2970 Comprehensive Health Assessment 2 NUR 3963 Adult Health Care I Lab 3
NUR 2971 Comprehensive Health Assessment Lab 1
Total = 15 Credits
Total = 14 Credits
Fall Semester Spring Semester
NUR 3980 Childbearing Family 3
NUR 3964 Adult Health II 4
NUR 3981 Childbearing Family Lab 1
NUR 3965 Adult Health II Lab 4
NUR 3985 Childrearing Family 3
NUR 4700 Nursing Research Proposal
NUR 3986 Childrearing Family Lab 1
NUR 3970 Altered Mental Health Patterns 3
NUR 3900 Leadership and Management 3
NUR 3971 Altered Mental Health Patterns Lab 2
Total = 14 credits
Total = 13 Credits
NUR 4950 Complex Care Nursing 3 Total General Education and Nursing Support Credits = 56
NUR 4951 Complex Care Nursing Lab 3 Nursing Credits = 76
NUR 4960 Developing a Healthy Community 3 Total Credits = 132
NUR 4961 Developing a Healthy Community Lab 3
NUR 4973 Preceptorship or Nursing Elective 2 or 3
Total = 14 or 15 Credits