College of Health and Society

Dean's Message

Dr. Lynette Landry
Dr. Lynette Landry,
Dean and Professor,
College of Nursing and Health Sciences


Welcome to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Hawai`i Pacific University. Within the College are three distinct programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Health Sciences.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences exemplifies the three values of Hawai`i Pacific University - aloha, pono, and kuleana - through its mission of educating competent and caring professionals in the practice of health promotion and healthcare. Educational programs in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) are designed to prepare students for entry into the health professions by building on a strong liberal arts education or to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles through graduate education.

Embodying the value of aloha, CNHS students are exposed to a variety of classroom and practicum experiences that emphasize teamwork and collaboration. Through practicum experiences students learn to develop shared goals with individuals, families, and communities. CNHS faculty is dedicated to educating students who are prepared to meet the needs of the increasingly diverse populations served by delivering courses in transcultural healthcare and by offering a Certificate in Transcultural Nursing. The Center for Transcultural Nursing enhances students and faculty opportunities to engage in provision of culturally competent nursing care and scholarship focused on enhancing understanding of the role of culture in health and illness.

The value of pono is demonstrated by the dedication faculty and staff has in developing graduates who have strong critical thinking and decision making skills. CNHS is committed to developing care providers who are able to respect differences in opinion and work collaboratively to resolve pressing healthcare issues. To assure that graduates represent the value of pono, courses are designed to expose students to ethical principles and to the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals across care settings. A strong curricular emphasis is placed on the professional principles of trust, respect, civility, and purposefulness.

CNHS demonstrates the value of kuleana through development of state of the art lab and classroom spaces including high fidelity simulation labs; academic rigor; and a focus on student success through achievement of program learning outcomes. The faculty mentorship program demonstrates the commitment CNHS has to student success. Each student is assigned a faculty mentor when they enter their academic program. The faculty mentor provides academic guidance and support for professional development. Students are encouraged to participate in a wide-range of student activities including the Student Nurse Association (SNA). The SNA provides students with the opportunity to participate in CNHS governance through student representation on CNHS standing committees.

CNHS provides an education that is scholastically challenging yet flexible to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students. This web site provides a comprehensive introduction to the College. Within these pages you will find the answers to many of the questions you have about CNHS: our programs, our students and our faculty. CNHS looks forward to working with you so that you can achieve your educational and professional goals.


With warm regards,
Lynette Landry, PhD, RN
Dean and Professor