Two Nursing students at Chaminade and a recent graduate are making important academic contributions to the field, with separate co-authored publications in a noted peer-reviewed nursing journal that focuses on nursing trends, policy issues and clinical practice in Asia and the Pacific.
The publications appeared in the December 2020 issues of Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal.
Nursing student Nainoa Gaspar-Takahashi, a sophomore, was the lead co-author with Nursing and Health Professions Professor Dr. Edna Magpantay-Monroe of an article entitled, “Experiential Lens in Nursing Education and Thriving Lahui (Community): A Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Student Experience.” The piece explores high-impact, community-centered learning that benefits nursing students, allowing them to hone critical thinking skills and empathy for those they serve.
In the article, Gaspar-Takahashi discusses how he has taken to heart Chaminade’s commitment to service learning and described two recent community projects he contributed to, including one that focused on Native Hawaiian ways of learning and knowing with hands-on service in the community.
“The ability to inspire others, leaving their comfort zone to learn about other communities and recognize the strength of it can form deeper understanding and acknowledge the place students call home,” Gaspar-Takahashi wrote with Magpantay-Monroe, in the journal article.
“The impact to nursing as a profession is the integration of evidence-based care to clinical practice.”
The same issue of the Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal included an article in which Magpantay-Monroe joined Nursing student Kamaile Aipa and recent Chaminade Nursing graduate Ofa-Helotu Koka to underscore the importance of community engagement in forming nursing students’ professional identities and helping them become “well-rounded,” community-minded future nursing leaders.
The trio also discussed how vital it is to ensure students participate in professional development opportunities so they can see themselves as active participants in a robust learning community. “Being an active participant of professional conferences allow students to be a part of conversations with those who have practiced in different aspects of nursing,” exposing them to situations that help them “think more critically and professionally, guiding their actions as future nurses,” the three wrote in the piece.
Magpantay-Monroe is also adding to the body of research in Nursing in other ways. She recently contributed and co-wrote a chapter in the professional resource, “Veteran-Centered Care in Education and Practice: An Essential Guide for Nursing Faculty.” She intends to use the text for supplementary material in the Nursing elective course, “Introduction to Veterans and Military Health Care.”