Nursing for UH Hilo Students


Before you get started, the first thing you need to do is validate your ID online or in person at the Circulation Desk. This allows you to use resources from off campus.

About the Library

The Edwin H. Mookini Library provides support services for both UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College. We're located next to the UH Hilo Campus Center.

The library offers books in print and online formats, health-related databases, journals, audio-visual materials, and user education. Throughout the facility, students have access to computers (including a large computer lab), study carrels, and study rooms that can be reserved.

Please visit or contact me for help using the library's resources or if you have questions about any of the material in this guide.

Lari-Anne Au

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Circulation Desk: (808) 932-7286.
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Stories of Nursing

Nurses and their work have always fascinated people and served as subjects for dramas and memoirs the world over. If you want to be inspired:

  • Beautiful unbroken: one nurse's life by Mary Jane Nealon (2011). The stirring memoir of a committed nurse. General Collection: RT37 .N39 A3 2011.
  • Call the Midwife, the PBS series, "colorful stories of midwifery in East London in the '50s, based on the bestselling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth." Find the cover in the library's DVD collection and take it to the Circulation Desk. The check-out period is seven days.
  • I wasn't strong like this when I started out : true stories of becoming a nurse, edited by Lee Gutkind (2013). New Books: RT34 .I2 2013.
  • Where night is day: the world of the ICU by James Kelly (2013). "... the hour-by-hour, day-by-day rhythms of an intensive care unit in a teaching hospital in New Mexico. Written by a nurse, Where Night Is Day reveals the specialized work of ICU nursing and its unique perspective on illness, suffering, and death. .... an intimate portrait of the ICU, the patients who live and/or die there, and the medical professionals who work there." General Collection: RT120 .I5 K45 2013.

What's Next for Nursing and Health Care?

Here are some ebooks from the National Academies Press:

Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America (2012) by the Committee on the Learning Health Care System in America, Institute of Medicine. From the report's abstract:

America's health care system has become too complex and costly to continue business as usual. Best Care at Lower Cost explains that inefficiencies, an overwhelming amount of data, and other economic and quality barriers hinder progress in improving health and threaten the nation's economic stability and global competitiveness. According to this report, the knowledge and tools exist to put the health system on the right course to achieve continuous improvement and better quality care at a lower cost.

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011) by the Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, Institute of Medicine.

Read about the Committee's four key messages:

Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.

Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.

Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.

Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure.

The Institute of Medicine published Assessing Progress on ... The Future of Nursing (2016). It describes the positive changes underway in the field of nursing.