More nurses to the rescue: 16 graduate residency program

  • Tihane Smith smiles while receiving a lei after Hilo Medical Center's Nurse Residency Program graduation ceremony at Nani Mau Restaurant and Garden in Hilo on Friday. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Chambry'e Lagapa smiles after being awarded Nurse Resident of the Year during Hilo Medical Center's Nurse Residency Program graduation ceremony at Nani Mau Restaurant and Garden in Hilo on Friday. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Despite challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 16 new nurses graduated from Hilo Medical Center’s Nurse Residency Program on Friday morning.