NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady travelled recently to Hawaii to give a talk at the Pacific Institute of Nursing conference and to meet with nursing faculty and students from across the University of Hawaii system.
Hawaii has a rich heritage of trans-cultural traditions and perspectives and often serves as an international gateway for the flow of knowledge and expertise around the world. The university’s motto is Maluna a’e o nā lāhui a pau ke ola ke kanaka—Above all nations is humanity. As Grady stated in her talk, “In the 21st century, we are in every sense a global community.”
Citing several examples of NINR-sponsored trans-cultural and interdisciplinary studies, Grady discussed the relevance of nursing research in addressing the needs of Hawaiians as well as others living in remote locations or with limited access to health care. In 2007, NINR funded the Center for ’Ohana Self-Management of Chronic Illness at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, located just outside of Honolulu. This research center is examining family- and community-based practices intended to encourage healthier lifestyles and reduce chronic illnesses among Asian and Pacific Islanders. Said Grady, “Such centers play a critical role in research training, scientific advancement and the development of evidence-based practice—the three cornerstones of NINR’s efforts to advance nursing science.”
She closed her talk with the Hawaiian proverb Ku-lia i ka nu’u—Strive to reach the highest. As she reflected, “I found this proverb compelling because it captures the essence of the efforts of our international community of nurses and other clinicians, research scientists, students, educators and scholars. To promote the health of individuals and nations around the world, let us always strive together to reach the