Chaminade University’ School of Nursing will hold an historic pinning ceremony for its first graduating class of nurses on May 9, starting at 5:30 p.m., in the Pomaika’i Ballroom, at Dole Cannery, 735 Iwilei Rd, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817. For more information, call (808) 735-4813. The ceremony preludes the upcoming historic moment for Chaminade when more than 50 of its students receive their Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing (BSN) at Chaminade’s spring commencement on May 12, at Neal Blaisdell Arena, starting at 7:30 p.m., which is free and open to the public.

Chaminade University was jubilant back in March 2010 when The Hawaii State Board of Nursing first gave the university its approval to officially launch the university’s nursing program in fall 2010. In August 2010, Chaminade welcomed its first students on a four-year track towards earning their Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing (BSN). The initial expectation had been that in spring 2014 it would graduate the university’s first class consisting of about 40 BSN graduates.  It is now four years later, and the nursing program has exceeded expectations with more than 50 student-nurses with their petitions cleared to graduate.

“For each one of them personally, this is quite an accomplishment,” Chaminade Dean for Nursing, Stephanie Genz, EdD, MSN, RN said proudly. “They have worked hard these four years to achieve their Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing (BSN).  As graduates, they will have the foundational nursing knowledge and skills necessary for the profession, have the abilities to provide quality patient care and be prepared for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX),”

Chaminade president, Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, PhD said, “The nursing profession gives our students excellent career opportunities in a dynamic field where they can serve with significance. This makes the nursing vocation a perfect fit, well-aligned with our mission and identity as a university whose goal is to prepare students for life, careers and for service. This is clearly an historic moment for us — a benchmark moment — marking the moment of a vision fulfilled well.”     

Chaminade University School of Nursing Highlights

School of Nursing Launched
•U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $1.2 million capital grant in 2009 to CUH to help develop facilities that would support a new nursing school; the grant project was completed in spring 2012
•The EDA grant was matched by a $1.2 million investment by CUH and helped to leverage over $3.4 million in private gifts and grants to support the creation of the nursing school
•Additional funding came from Chaminade Regent, Dr. Lawrence Tseu for $1 million capital gift for the final construction Chaminade’s state-of-the-art nursing center
•CUH School of Nursing opened in fall 2010
Achieved Accreditation
•The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) as of Nov. 2012; accreditation was awarded for the maximum accrediting term of 5 years (through June 30, 2018 before accreditation is up for review).
•276 students are currently enrolled in the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program at Chaminade
•80% of CUH nursing students are from Hawaii; approximately 20% of CUH nursing students are of Native Hawaiian descent, and 20% are of other Pacific Islander descent
•Approximately 26% of CUH nursing students are men
High Retention
•The retention rate for nursing students is currently 89%, which has exceeded expectation of the rate initially projected to be around 60%; this has also resulted in a 76% increase over the initial enrollment predictions at the implementation of the program.
•Over 24 clinical partners throughout the state of Hawaii; these include a range of settings such as hospitals, community health centers, rural healthcare facilities, long-term care facilities, and dialysis centers
•International clinical immersion experiences launched spring 2014 as part of students’ final nursing course (NUR499); selected nursing students participated in 4 week clinical immersions with partner educational institutions in the Philippines and Chuuk (Federated States of Micronesia)
•Summer nursing internships launching summer 2014 with select clinical partners
Graduating First Cohort
•The first nursing cohort will graduate in May 2014; there are 51 nursing students in this cohort who will graduate with their BSN.
•CUH anticipates successful employment placements for graduates based on encouraging feedback from clinical partners
Future Growth
•Developing new RN to BSN degree program; tentative launch in 2015.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816.  For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711. ###  

Kapono Ryan
Office (808) 735-4797