The University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences Serving Heart Awards recognizes one of Kokua Mau’s own. Patricia W. Nishimoto, BSN, MPH, DNS, FAAN works as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Tripler Army Medical Center.
"Dr. Pat," as her patients affectionately call her, is world-renowned for her work in oncology, end of life care, grief and loss, and cultural awareness.
Nishimoto’s nearly 40-year career began in 1973 in the United States Army, where she would eventually retire as a colonel in 2003. Throughout the years, she has served in dozens of nursing capacities, ranging from hospice charge nurse to chief nurse. Along the way, many distinguished military and civilian honors were bestowed upon her, including the national Oncology Nursing Society’s Schering Clinical Excellence Award and the Nurse of the Year Award from the Hawai`i Nurses Association.
Nishimoto’s résumé reads like a novel in both intrigue and length. She has impacted virtually every aspect of the field of nursing through teaching, research, and application.
Nishimoto has dedicated her life to helping cancer patients and their families. She was instrumental in creating a weekend program for teens battling and surviving cancer. Most recently, she was a key leader in establishing a statewide program involving art therapy. Nishimoto’s compassion and selfless service to those whose lives have been touched by cancer is beyond measure.