As the interim Dean, I am honored to welcome you to Holy Names University (HNU) department of nursing. We have graduated individuals for over 50 years with BSN, MSN and MBA degrees. The focus of these studies has been in: undergraduate nursing, administration, education, informatics and family nurse practitioner. I am proud to be one of those graduates receiving both a BSN and MSN/MBA degree here at HNU.
During your time here, you will discover a very personalized experience with small classes focused on you, the student. We are proud of our work in establishing community partnerships that allow our students to complete their needed clinical hours while providing valued community service. Our faculty and staff are experts in their fields and dedicated to partnering with students in providing an innovative, supportive learning environment. Many of our school of nursing alums are in leadership roles as administrators, educators and nurse practitioners. You can find many of these graduates’ working in local hospitals supporting HNU’s students through clinical placement and mentoring.
At HNU we recognize the “where” and “how” nurses’ practice is rapidly changing with the addition of technology and healthcare transformation. We work with our community partners to provide students with clinical experiences in evolving fields like Telehealth. In response to the growing nursing shortage we launched of our accelerated generic nursing program, in 2018 to help provide more registered nurses. This has been an exciting transition here at HNU. We are very proud of our first graduating class, of 2019, who all passed the NCLEX exam on their first attempt, giving HNU a 100% pass rate on this newly established program. All of our programs are fully accredited by CCNE and the BRN.
We have dynamic leaders within our nursing program that bring a wealth of different and unique experiences to our students and the team. Our leaders are active within healthcare, legislation and organizations.
Aimee Paulson DNP, FNP-C, is the chair of the NP program and is very active at working collaboratively on changing healthcare through legislation of the advanced practice nurse. She has served in both local and state level leadership; on CA legislator health advisory councils, as the Alameda Contra Costa Chapter President for the past 6 years, and on the California Association for Nurse Practitioners board of directors as the Health Policy Chair from 2018 through 2020
Haesook Kim PhD, RN, GNP-BC, is the director of Post licensure BSN and MSN programs. She has spent her career working to improve the quality of care for older adults. She has conducted multiple research projects in geriatrics, published articles, and presented in national and international conferences. She is a treasurer of the Nu Xi at Large chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Before joining the nursing program at HNU, she was a Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence scholar, taught nursing students in Korea, and practiced in various clinical settings.
Nora Chavez MSN, RNC, is the interim director of the GBSN program and also a graduate of HNU with a master’s degree in nursing education. She has over 30 years in nursing and brings a wealth of experience to our students. She is currently the Vice President for the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and has represented the chapter at national conferences. Nora has assisted in the development of HNU’s GBSN program and shaping the curriculum of the simulation center.
As Leaders, we are all committed to the “beauty and power” of nursing. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals and dreams. Your education today, is preparing you for a future of endless possibilities you can’t even imagine yet!
Dr. Pamela V. Stanley MSN/MBA, DNP