Nursing school, Pacific Regional Medical Command announce new partnership

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Stephanie Marshall, (808) 956-5421
School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene
Posted: Oct 23, 2009

Signing of UH Nursing, PRMC research partnership agreement
Signing of UH Nursing, PRMC research partnership agreement
The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene (SONDH) and Pacific Regional Medical Command (PRMC), U.S. Army, signed a memorandum establishing a new partnership aimed at developing nursing research and evidence-based practices that will lead to improved health outcomes, quality of life and care for military beneficiaries.
The program will partner PRMC nurses with leading nursing faculty at UH Mānoa. The research teams plan to conduct research on health promotion, disease prevention, and evidence-based practices that will build nursing knowledge and ultimately improve care for military individuals and their families.
“We are committed to continually seeking new ways to improve the care of our service men and women in Hawai'i and the Pacific Region,” said Col. Theresa Sullivan, Deputy Commander for Nursing, Tripler Army Medical Center. “This partnership will strengthen our relationship with the community to enhance the conduct of scientifically sound research and evidence-based practice so that we can provide the best care we can to our 436,000 beneficiaries.” The program will also cultivate interest in nursing research careers and support a network for mentorship and professional development for nurses in both organizations.
Said Dean Mary Boland, “At the SONDH, we serve the community through our efforts in nursing research, education and service.  We are honored to expand our longstanding relationship with PRMC to conduct joint research.  Together, UH and PRMC are leading the way to improved health.”
The October 1, 2009 ceremony held at Tripler Army Medical Center commemorated the first official academic-clinical nursing research partnership between an Army Medical Treatment Facility and a public university. In attendance, Mānoa Vice Chancellor for Research Gary Ostrander and PRMC Commanding General Steve Jones congratulated nurses from both organizations for their efforts to create a joint vision for the future of nursing and health care.